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Cable guides removedContinental
Dec 28, 2002 11:39 AM
I tried several methods to remove brazed-on cable guides and found that the the best way for me was to grab them with a vice grips and snap them off, then file down the little remaining brass. This sounds brutal, but the guides snap off easily at the brass joint. Of course, I did this on a frame worth about $50. And now you all now what kind of mechanic I am. Vice grips and brute force.
re: Cable guides removedfixedgearhead
Dec 28, 2002 11:51 AM
It probably worked on a more "robust" frame material. On the lighter stuff you may have had problems. There is a limit to the value of the "larger hammer" School of Bicycle Maintanence that many of us are graduates of. I cut mine off with a hack saw and then filed them down.

pretty funnydesmo
Dec 28, 2002 12:36 PM
I started to answer your original post with this method, but thought I might get flamed for the butchery of it and deleted my response midway! Anyway, don't do this on thin tubing or you might buckle the tube but a great method on hearty tubed bikes!
Tin shears started my removal process. I abuse them regularly! -nmTig
Dec 28, 2002 12:58 PM
I believe the term is "Sledgehammer Mechanic" nmLone Gunman
Dec 29, 2002 5:56 PM
I believe the term is "Sledgehammer Mechanic" nmfixedgearhead
Dec 30, 2002 5:24 AM
To clarify the issue. Sledgehammer mechanic applies only to the needs of heavy american cruisers, to work on light euro framed bike all that is need is a standard 16oz claw hammer or even a 10 oz ball peen hammer for light finish work. I do keep a 26 oz waffle faced framing hammer around but that is just for nostalgia sake. It take me back to my days as a framing carpenter wherein I never came away from a days work with any frustration or agression left in my body due to swinging that muthah.