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shifter cablestedr
Nov 7, 2002 12:31 PM
I am new to road biking ( Have been mt biking for 3 yrs ) and just bought my first road bike a 2002 Klein Quantum left over - I would like to maintian it myself and can do most of the work as most is the same as a mt bike but was wondering where to find some repair tips on the net - I am intrested in how to replace my brake and shift cables when needed as they seem to be the biggest difference from mt to road bikes
any help is welcomed
Thanks Ted
are you curious about...laffeaux
Nov 7, 2002 1:12 PM
Are you interested in finding out how to change cables in general, or how to thread the cables trough the frame on a Klein?
are you curious about...tedr
Nov 7, 2002 1:21 PM
I really didn't think of it but now that you mention it both
are you curious about...Juanmoretime
Nov 7, 2002 1:33 PM
Hi Ted,

From experience you should get about three feet of cable liner, such as the yellow or clear ones that come with Goretex cables. Disconnect the cable from the rear brake or derailluer. Dis-assemble the cable until you just have cable coming out of the frame. Slide the cable housing over the cable and feed it through the frame until it comes out the other end of the frame. Remove the cable, feed the new cable in and remove the cable housing. You can feed the cables through but it sucks and I've spent hours screwing artound with it. Learn from other's mistakes, take the easy way.
internal cablesthe other Tim
Nov 7, 2002 4:04 PM
JMT's suggestion is good. I once bought a Klein that had the cables incorrectly installed by the LBS. They are supposed to cross over inside the frame, and the LBS didn't do it that way. I could have brought it back and let them do more damage, but I decided to fix it myself. Obviously, in this case using the installed cable to feed the liner through the frame wouldn't work, so I completely removed the cable and pushed a piece of stiff metal tubing through the frame from one cable stop to the other. Then I just pushed the cable through the tube and removed the tube over the end of the cable. I attached a piece of tape to one end of the tube to keep it from accidentally falling inside. That tube is now one of my bike tools, and I typically use it as JMT described.
internal cablestedr
Nov 7, 2002 6:44 PM
Thanks guys that will help - but i do have one other question - how the heck do i get the cables out of the shifters & brake assys
thanks again
i know these are dumb questions but again this is my first road bike and this is quite different from mt bike shifters
internal cablesJuanmoretime
Nov 8, 2002 5:11 AM
Ted, they would only be stupid questions if you screwed it up and then asked. Brakes: Once you release the cable from the caliper, squeeze the brake lever and push the cable backwards and it will come out. Once you actually do this, you will see what I mean. Shifter cable: Compress the brake lever and on the top inside you will see a small black plate that is help in place with a small phillips head screw, remove the screw and plate and repeat the above procedure. I'm ammusing you have Shimano STI shifters, I don't have any experience with Campy. Make sure you have the cable housing feed through the frame before you start to pull the cables out! LoL
internal cablestedr
Nov 8, 2002 12:50 PM
Thanks alot guys for all your help
I plan on doing alot of road riding this fall and winter