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    After you've ridden for a season...

    A quick note to those of you who have been riding for a season:

    Replacing your shifter cables and housing every year is a) cheap and b) will make your shifting crisp again.
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    I searched my bike but am unable to locate these items. Could you please help?
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    Quote Originally Posted by monzie View Post
    I searched my bike but am unable to locate these items. Could you please help?
    Let me guess....single speed?

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    I understand cables stretch but cant the housing be reused?

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    Sure...

    Quote Originally Posted by Lost Biker View Post
    I understand cables stretch but cant the housing be reused?
    The reason for replacement isn't cable stretch. It's because crud builds up inside the housing that eventually leads to less crisp shifting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost Biker View Post
    I understand cables stretch but cant the housing be reused?
    Its really the housings that need replaced. You replace the cables at the same time because you can't jam a used cable down a fresh housing. Trust me I tried the just cables route once it turned out very badly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by faceplant72 View Post
    Its really the housings that need replaced. You replace the cables at the same time because you can't jam a used cable down a fresh housing. Trust me I tried the just cables route once it turned out very badly.
    ^^^ This...the pressure you apply with your thumb isn't going to stretch a cable. It's the housings that wear in the bends.

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    Best thread ever.

    Might I also suggest that you take a look at your chain for stretch? It isn't uncommon to need to replace a chain per season and doing it early might save you from a costly drivetrain replacement.
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    Does anyone clean the cables? my LBS told me to pull the cables out of the holders on the bike and move the housings and wipe the dirt away, and then apply some lube.

    This should allow them to last much longer.

    I have done this once and noticed a difference afterwards.
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    It's not really worth it...

    Quote Originally Posted by JMHZ2401 View Post
    Does anyone clean the cables? my LBS told me to pull the cables out of the holders on the bike and move the housings and wipe the dirt away, and then apply some lube.

    This should allow them to last much longer.

    I have done this once and noticed a difference afterwards.
    If I replace the cables, I always replace the housing.

    In between cable changes, I'll clean the cable and lube them as you described. That's really just a stop gap. In the long run, the lube attracts grit and grime that gums up the shifting worse than before.
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    Good point

    Quote Originally Posted by zebrahum View Post
    Best thread ever.

    Might I also suggest that you take a look at your chain for stretch? It isn't uncommon to need to replace a chain per season and doing it early might save you from a costly drivetrain replacement.
    I agree. Replacing a $30 chain is much better than replacing a $30 chain plus a $40 ring (and potentially a $100 cassette).
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    I have ridden all summer 700 miles or so...my bike still shifts great, perfect actually. no issues at all!

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    Should you replace the brake cables after a season too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cajer View Post
    Should you replace the brake cables after a season too?
    Short answer....yes, they probably wear even faster then the shifter cable/housing.

    Cable and housing housing replacement (shifter and brake) is dependent on the amount of use. Most of us that ride frequently can benefit from yearly replacement.

    There are many more bikes out there that need the cables/housings replaced then there are bikes that have them replaced too often. One of the first things to do to troubleshoot shifting/braking problems is to replace the cables/housings.

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    Replace even hydraulic cables every season? Rather than just bleeding them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cajer View Post
    Replace even hydraulic cables every season? Rather than just bleeding them?
    No, hydraulic hoses are good until damaged or leaking. They can last forever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cajer View Post
    Replace even hydraulic cables every season? Rather than just bleeding them?
    Hydraulic brakes don't have cables or cable housings (they use a hose), so I could only assume you were asking about mechanical brakes.

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    personally, on my geared bike and for cable brakes, i simply run full length housing....

    can last for seasons and seasons without changing...



    but the OP is right....dirty housing/cables = craptastic shifty issues....
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    I guess I'm adding new cables to my list of things to do with my 18 year old crusty Diamondback Topanga.

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