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  1. #1
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    Aug 2008

    cable housing to back is too long

    my back brake cable housing is too long, is there any way to change this w/o going to my lbs. it is really bad, the lever won't return to it's position properly, and yes iv checked the spring tension on the brakes, and they are the Tektro IO's, but i plan to upgrade the back to the bb7's like i have already in the front

  2. #2
    On MTBR hiatus :(
    Reputation: Speedub.Nate's Avatar
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    Dec 2003
    I suppose you could always cut it...
    MTBR Hiatus UFN

  3. #3
    Old man on a bike
    Reputation: Bikinfoolferlife's Avatar
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    Feb 2004
    Cutting housing without the right tools isn't the way to go, so unless you've got some nice cable cutters, a dremel tool, etc., a trip to the lbs might be best...but try reading this
    "...the people get the government they deserve..."
    suum quique

  4. #4
    Reputation: XSL_WiLL's Avatar
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    Nov 2004
    If the arm won't return, it's that there's excessive friction in the system, not that the cable is too long. I've run mechanical brakes with PLENTY of housing so I can do barspins.

    Either the ends aren't cut square, the cables/housing is corroded, or you've got grit/grime in the system.

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