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Offline J. Ryan

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cable cleaning
« on: July 02, 2009, 07:10:40 AM »
Last weekend during a ride on the Santos Epic trails we got rained on pretty hard. A bunch of sand and dirt made it's way onto my cables and into the housings. The derailleur wouldn't shift properly. Do I have to take all the cables off and remove the cable housings to clean them? Or is there another way?

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Re: cable cleaning
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2009, 08:40:43 AM »
Or if you don't want a cable set that cost as much as a Wal-Mart bike then disconnect the cable clamp from the rear derailleur (take note of clamp location on the cable and make sure the cable is slack ie high gear). Keep the cable end crimp installed but pull the cable housing from their mounts. Slide housings to one side and clean the cables,blow out the housing as best as you can with compressed air (difficult with cable still in them), lube everything up and reinstall. This is kind of a quick fix if you don't want to strip everything down.
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Re: cable cleaning
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2009, 08:46:56 AM »
I should note that the best way is to remove the cable crimp and pull the housings off. Sometimes you will have an issue rethreading the cable into the housings though so this can backfire on you. That is why I always keep a few new cables ($3-$5)in my tool box. The ends can easily fray and become a nightmare to insert back into the housing.
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Re: cable cleaning
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2009, 09:07:45 AM »
The ends can easily fray and become a nightmare to insert back into the housing.
If you end up cutting the cable crimps off, soldering the ends of the cables keeps them from fraying, and also eliminates the need for new crimps.  Especially if having to cut them has made them a tad short.
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Re: cable cleaning
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2009, 09:38:43 AM »
That sounds like a good idea! Guess you'd have to be pretty good with the solder gun as to not get the end too fat to thread back into the housing.
 
I actually crimp the cable end the opposite way it was done last time and pull the crimp off without losing any cable length.Jaywire will sell you a bottle of cable ends so you'll never be without. Got mine on jensonusa I believe.
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Re: cable cleaning
« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2009, 11:31:45 AM »
The ends can easily fray and become a nightmare to insert back into the housing.
If you end up cutting the cable crimps off, soldering the ends of the cables keeps them from fraying, and also eliminates the need for new crimps.  Especially if having to cut them has made them a tad short.

IMO Superglue works the best for this(it still fits thru the housing). Another thing that can avoid from the cable fraying is to grab a needle and stick it in the part you cut to make sure it's big enough to let the cable get thru again..

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Re: cable cleaning
« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2009, 12:04:56 PM »
Or you can say the heck with all that, pony up the 50 bucks for the Gore cables and never have to mess with them for a year. It's well worth not having to mess with it after a ride to get the shifting working right, or worse yet having an issue mid-ride.
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Re: cable cleaning
« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2009, 12:19:09 PM »
I thought they were $100 when I was considering them ???
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Re: cable cleaning
« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2009, 12:25:17 PM »
Or...save all that money and go buy 6ft of black crap cable from the LBS. Dump a bunch of light to mid viscosity chain lube into the cable and let it run all up in there. Then attach to your bike.

If you have anything left, just drive around with it in your car like I do and change it as often as you feel necessary.

Or...also to prevent * from getting into your cable. Run a solid cable housing all the way to your brake/der with no openings. Instead of using your bike's pretty little cable guides that leave parts of the cable open to the elements. I just zip tie it to my bike and bam, done. This of course doesn't work on IBIS's where pretty cables are a prerequisite.
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Re: cable cleaning
« Reply #10 on: July 02, 2009, 12:26:50 PM »
I thought they were $100 when I was considering them ???

Just sell off one of your many many bikes and it will cover the cables...  :P
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Re: cable cleaning
« Reply #11 on: July 02, 2009, 12:47:45 PM »
I purchased $5 black nylon tubing and put it over my cables in between each ferrule and then shrink wrapped the ferrules over the cable housing for a completely sealed system.  I found this trick in a issue of MBACTION.  Works great!
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Re: cable cleaning
« Reply #12 on: July 02, 2009, 01:08:14 PM »
11 posts in and nobody said you should have gotten a single speed (29'r, fully rigid)...must be a record :)
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Re: cable cleaning
« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2009, 01:19:40 PM »
This of course doesn't work on IBIS's where pretty cables are a prerequisite.
Why yes, they are a prerequisite.  ;)   And even though I'm using my cable stops, none of my cables are exposed.  I'm running a continuous liner from the shifter to the derailleur.
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Re: cable cleaning
« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2009, 01:28:49 PM »
I thought they were $100 when I was considering them ???

Just sell off one of your many many bikes and it will cover the cables...  :P

I'm gonna add a lime green NRS to my stable if you don't zip it ;)
 
We know you are punk Krunnch, no need to prove it with your unsightly cable routing and blue fork seals.
Btw, they make some adapters that will lock into your housing mounts and provide a place to attach brake hose or continuous shifter housing.
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