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Bar-end shifter cable routing Q?(4 posts)

Bar-end shifter cable routing Q?timfire
May 3, 2002 7:54 AM
I am setting up a friend's bike and have a question about cable routing with bar-end shifters.

The two ways I see of routing the shifter cables is first the easier, connect the cables directly to the downtube brazing, so that the cables are out in the air. I've seen this style on a Lemond bike. The second way would be to wrap the cables under the H-bar tape (His h-bars are doubled-grooved). I would prefer to do it this way because I think it's more neat.

First, what are people's preferred way to route bar-end shifter cables?

Second, I had a concern about wrapping the cables under the tape. I think I would first run the cables directly down the middle of the bar under/ in front of the bar in the drop area. But when I reach the brake levers (Shimano aero brakes), I would need to run the cables along the outside of the lever until it reaches the groove. I'm afraid if I do that, it will create a ridge that will annoy my friend when he's riding on the hoods.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.

--Timothy Kleinert
re: Bar-end shifter cable routing Q?gtx
May 3, 2002 8:21 AM
I run them under the bar tape like you describe. I think I have it so the cable goes along the inside of the brake levers and it doesn't annoy me (and I'm using super old school Benotto tape). I'm running friction--keep in mind that this is a lot of cable and housing--the other method is more direct and perhaps better for index shifting, but less pretty.
re: Bar-end shifter cable routing Q?Spoke Wrench
May 3, 2002 3:42 PM
I've had several bikes with bar end shifters, and still have them on my retro-grouch bike. I've always just run the cable housings under the handlebar tape to the point where the bar starts to bend and then to the cable stops on the down tube. I have to admit, I've never seriously considered running the cable housing completely under the handlebar tape so I don't have any experience that would indicate it's a bad idea. I do a lot of tandem bicycle stuff, so I've looked at lots of bikes with bar end shifters. I don't recall ever seeing one with the cables run complstely under the tape.
Mine are set up like Spoke Wrench'scory
May 6, 2002 7:39 AM
I have bar ends on two bikes (yeah, yeah, I know about STI, but I like 'em), and they both run under the tape to about where the bars bend up, then depart for the housing stops on the downtube. Never occured to me, either, to run them all the way to where the aero brake cables come out, but it WOULD make a neater looking installation. Next time I have one apart, maybe I'll try it and see if the extra cable and fairly sharp bend screw up the shifting.