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How to protect brake cable that runs beneath top tube while hanging bike on rack

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Asked by: Brian Judex

Pool noodles are cheap and flexible and can be cut with a sharp knife. Once in place you can bind them down with tape or old inner tubes. Also, just a layer of old inner tube wrapped around the rack will be sufficient protection too.

How do you secure a bike brake cable?

Secure the cable to the retention clamp.



Turn the pinch bolt counterclockwise with the Allen key, loosen it, pinch the brake pads so they touch the wheel, then slide the cable through the retention clamp. Pull the cable tightly, replace the pinch bolt, and turn the bolt clockwise with the Allen key to tighten it.

How do you seal the end of a brake cable?

Quote from video: Give it a twist on that one on nicely. That one's sliding on real good take it all the way up to the top. And use regular wire cutters give that a push. And give it at least two crimps.

How do you clamp a brake cable?

Quote from video: The clamp bolt needs to be tight enough to hold the cable in position. But not so tight it flattens the cable as strands. Will break you need to do this with the cable under tension.

What is the end of a bike brake cable called?

anchors

Cable end terminals (anchors): The steel cables have welded end pieces (see image) that are shaped to fit into slots in shifters or brake levers and because cables are not interchangeable as to their purpose, there are three main types of inner-cable sold.

What is a bike ferrule?

Ferrules are the little caps that go over the ends of cable housing. Mountain bikes need ferules at the ends of every piece of housing; however, road bikes can be a different story. Shimano road kit needs ferrules for the gears, but generally not for either the brake calipers or brake levers.

Should you oil bike cables?

Cable lubrication is recommended, especially if you ride in the rain or have old cable housings. Most brake and shift cables these days have a plastic lining built into the housing, therefore eliminating the need for lubrication.

How do you cut brake cable without fraying?

Quote from video: More than cut it. And then if you cut it a few times so trying to cut through it just just chew through it. And then you get afraid the cable starts to fray.

Can you solder bike brake cable?

Quote from video: You can try a soul during iron but I found that it didn't get the cable hot enough to get the solder to stick.

How do you make a cable end?

Quote from video: About one rotation. The goal here is to cut the outer plastic shield. Only peeling away the plastic. You'll find a wire stranded perimeter. You want to fold. This away from the core.

How often should you replace bike brake cables?

Keep in mind that even quality cables can fail if they were installed poorly. But if you have quality cables installed correctly, they ought to hold up fine for at least three years in my estimation. If you ride in extreme weather or crash a lot, you could need new ones much sooner, of course.

How do you end a bike cable?

Quote from video: Just so we make sure we have the solder. Is going to stick really well and then I took a pair of needlenose and I bent it to roughly the same shape.

When should brake cables be replaced?

Quote from video: The road when the brake cables begin to wear you may feel them to be either sluggish or sticky. Check the brake cables for frame. Especially at the pinch bolts. Where they get most deformed.

What is cable ferrule?

In the context of wiring, a ferrule is a small deformable metal tube, generally made out of tin plated copper. This short tube (or long ring) is placed over a section of stranded wire extending from stripped insulation, then compressed with a crimping tool to hold the strands together.

How do you crimp a cable ferrule?

Quote from video: Making sure that all the wire strands are contained inside the tube place the ferrule into the crimper. And squeeze it until it. Releases. From there get a small piece of heat shrink.

How do you crimp a cable end?

Quote from video: We're going to put one end of the cable through the crimp. There we go loop that around and put it through the other end make a nice tight loop with that.

How do you tighten a brake cable on a road bike?

Quote from video: On most new bikes you'll find this barrel adjuster on the brake caliper. If you turn it anti-clockwise or to the right. You will increase the tension on your brake cable.

How do you put a brake cable on a road bike?

Quote from video: Wind the barrel adjuster in clockwise. Then back out by one full turn make sure the brake release lever is in the downward position as it would be while riding pinch the calipers shut by hand.

Why is my brake lever loose?

If the lever rattles loose, there is a small spring in the lever assembly that lightly holds the lever against the main piston, which you can observe when you push the lever out from the “resting position”. This spring might be broken or incorrectly installed on the lever that feels “loose”.

How do you end a bike cable?

Quote from video: Just so we make sure we have the solder. Is going to stick really well and then I took a pair of needlenose and I bent it to roughly the same shape.

How do you make a cable end?

Quote from video: About one rotation. The goal here is to cut the outer plastic shield. Only peeling away the plastic. You'll find a wire stranded perimeter. You want to fold. This away from the core.

How do you crimp a cable end?

Quote from video: We're going to put one end of the cable through the crimp. There we go loop that around and put it through the other end make a nice tight loop with that.