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What the heck is this stuff in my brake lever???(6 posts)

What the heck is this stuff in my brake lever???andydave
Mar 6, 2003 5:18 PM
I came across a problem while replacing the cable on the front brake of a Dura-ace brake. When I pulled out the old cable, I noticed what seemed to be a thin ribbon of black plastic (2/10 inch maybe) inside the brake lever. It was relatively loose, and almost appeared that I could pull it out. But I was reluctant to do so. I dropped by my LBS today to ask about it. He wasn't sure what it might be. On inspection of an Ultegra lever at the bike shop, there seemed to be the same mysterious ribbon of plastic (only this time it was white). What the heck is this stuff? Should I try to remove it or just leave it alone? It seems it could get in the way of the operation of the brake mechanism. Although my LBS didn't know what it was, I knew someone at this site would. Thanks.
re: What the heck is this stuff in my brake lever???russw19
Mar 6, 2003 5:24 PM
Its your shifter STI? And is it flite deck compatible? If so, that's probably the Flite Deck wiring in the shifter.

re: What the heck is this stuff in my brake lever???andydave
Mar 6, 2003 5:43 PM
Yes, it is STI. And after looking at the brake lever, it has flite deck written on it. So I assume it is flite deck compatible. As you probably guessed, I am new to Shimano STI (Until recently, I was riding old Campy).
Could these wires get in the way of operation of the brake? After replacing the brake cable, the bike does not have a good snap after release. I thought it might be the wiring that I messed with. I also thought it might be the teflon coated cable my LBS sold me. Any thoughts? Thanks again.
Big Brother ...sacheson
Mar 6, 2003 8:00 PM
It's a remote device allowing one-way (erm, that would be unilateral) communication with the Department of Homeland Security. Recent intelligence suggests cyclists, as a demographic, are more liberal than the average American, thus more sympathetic to our enemy. And as GW said, if you aren't with him, you are against him.

My guess is they're keeping dibs on your where abouts. I'd keep a watch out for the black helecopter.

It's either that or the flite deck thing the other guys are talking about. I ripped mine out with no ill consequences.
Big Brother ...Bananaman
Mar 6, 2003 9:34 PM
Thats right. The white ribbon (like the old polythene bag ties) is a micro polycelluide transmitter device which doesnt need to be electrically powered. Latest information suggests that the NSC need to keep track of the cycling fraternity in case there is an uprising against GW's actions in the 'axis of evil'.

I ripped mine out because I didnt want big bro watching my moves.
Could what you say be true?andydave
Mar 7, 2003 4:11 PM
I did notice a couple of guys in suits and black sunglasses following me on my bike the other day.

When you removed your surveillance devices, did you pull it out or have to cut it? I'm trying to get a feel on what to expect.