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Brake Cable Question(7 posts)

Brake Cable QuestionSaddle_Sore
Jan 24, 2004 9:13 AM
I am trying to put some new brake cables in on a bike that I am building up and intend to ride this spring.

Putting the new cables into the brakes themselves went well, but I have hit a snag when it comes to routing the cable (in its outer sheath) through the small lugs/hoops that run across my top tube.

The outer cable sheath that I have got has a small metal end-cap on that I am sure is meant to fit into the lugs on the top tube, the bare cable then runs along the top tub, before going back into another outer cable sheath that runs down to the back brake mechanism itself.

My problem is that I cannot fit the metal end-cap into the lugs on the top tube. I've even replaced the metal cap with a plastic one, and this won't fit either - and yet I know it should.

Does anyone have any hints as to how this could be accomplished?

I've tried greasing inside the lug to see if the cable sheath + end-cap will slide in but no joy.
Couple of choices.Spoke Wrench
Jan 24, 2004 10:36 AM
The first is to simply do without the end caps. That's probably what I would do.

The second would be to see if your local bike shop has some end caps that have a sort of "step". Actually a smaller diameter end. Such things do exist because I have a few. The only problem is you might have to endure some blank stares or smirks before you find what you want.
Or...davet
Jan 24, 2004 10:45 AM
..it might be intended that the brake cable housing be run through the lugs all the way back to the brake. Calfee is one that does this.
Couple of choices.Juanmoretime
Jan 24, 2004 12:26 PM
Also sometimes the old ferrules get stuck in cable stops due to corrosion, sweat, water and sticky sports drink. When you pull out the old housing the ferrule seperates from the housing and stays in. Make sure the old ones are not stuck there, it happened to me before. If they are there, you can usually push them out with some pointy object. One more item to check.
re: Brake Cable Questionwooden legs
Jan 24, 2004 11:09 AM
.i think your frame is probably ment to have ther cables routed without ferrules (which i believe what those little endcaps are called). if the mounting bits are small and tight enough they do everything the ferrule is meant to do. my suggestion is just to route the cables into the frame bits naked.
re: Brake Cable QuestionKaboom
Jan 25, 2004 4:11 AM
the cables of my Ultegra brakes go naked into the shifters and naked into the brake arms. I dont see why they couldnt go naked into the cablestops.
Thanks everyone!Saddle_Sore
Jan 26, 2004 1:59 AM
Thank you to everyone who bothered to respond :-)

Nice to get some help instead of criticism for not knowing this in the first place.