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how often do you replace your cables? nm(6 posts)

how often do you replace your cables? nmcollinsc
Mar 19, 2003 10:06 AM
once a year nmmohair_chair
Mar 19, 2003 10:32 AM
re: how often do you replace your cables? nmsievers11
Mar 19, 2003 10:45 AM
This is a tricky question, because the real answer is "when you need it" So, how do you know when you need it.

For the most part you should be able to tell by inspecting the cables, it they are corroded or miss-shaped or splintered, replace them.

You can also remove the end of the cables and move them in and out, if there is noticeably unacceptable drag then replace.

If you shifting has become sluggish, and you know it is not the derailleur adjustments, cassette or chain then replace.

You also might not need to replace the housing, at our shop we go through more cables than housing. 3 to 1.

As preventative maintenance on my own road bike, I swap the cables every winter during an overhaul (also new chain, new cassette, new tubes, bb if needed, tires if needed and housing if needed.)

Grease/oil your cables every tune-up and only get stainless steel based cables.
Send me your old tubes!dzrider
Mar 19, 2003 11:28 AM
The present set of cables have been on for 18 months and only the rear shifter cable is ready to be replaced. I take the cable off the derailleur or brake and make certain it moves perfectly freely inside the housing. If not, I replace the inner wire and only replace the housing if it still feels sticky.
Not possible to predictKerry
Mar 19, 2003 5:56 PM
Dry weather riding, proper maintenance, good equipment, and a quality installation and you can easily get 3 years out of cables. As noted in another post, look for fraying, corrosion, kinking, etc.
When they break/the shifting sucks/I buy a new bike! nmlook271
Mar 19, 2003 6:31 PM