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Lend a hand here Please..(4 posts)

Lend a hand here Please..t-moore
Apr 28, 2003 1:00 PM
Give me a little chatter here. I got my 105 brakes on, thanks to your insight, but my brake wires are short and frayed. Is is hard to thread new wires through my existing cables on the STI shifters.

I know I don't want to unwrap the bar, should I replace the other cables that are a little more accessable. How does the terminology work, when talking about brake cables. Are they considered one unit or do you separate the brake cable from the brake wire...Thanks
re: Lend a hand here Please..laffeaux
Apr 28, 2003 1:29 PM
There are two parts that run between the brake levers and calipers: the housing and the cable. The housing is the exposed plastic covered portion, and the cable runs along inside. Both can be replaced independently of the other. However in general I find that the cables need to be replaced more often than the housing.

If your cable is too short and frayed, but your housing is fine, buy a new cable and install it. It's fairly easy and does not require the bar tape to be removed.

The brake housing is routed beneath the bar tape, and if it needs to be replaced, you will need to either replace the bar tape, or try and reuse your current tape (assuming you can remove it without destroying it. When you replace the housing it's a good idea to replaced the cable too - threading a used cable end through housing is not easy.
Try this:Spoke Wrench
Apr 28, 2003 5:40 PM
1. Since this is your first time, before you do anything else, find a flashlight or something so that you can peek into the inner workings of your brake lever and see where the cable and all of the parts go.
2. Cut the brake wire about 1 foot from the cable stop on your down tube.
3. Pull your brake lever half way down as if you were trying to stop and push on the exposed brake wire. Watch where the brake cable comes out of the lever.
4. Now you can pull your old cable the rest of the way out of the lever and push the new cable back into the same place.
Thank you, this is what I'm talking about......t-moore
Apr 28, 2003 8:57 PM
This sounds like something that I can handle.
Thanks again....