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Cutting brake and derailleur cable and housing

Posted by on May 30, 2007

Since I put in a shorter stem and narrower handlebars on my Merlin CR 3/2.5, I had to get rid of the excess cable and housing for the brakes and derailleurs. I stayed up till 1:30 AM cutting brake and derailleur cables and housings wearing my Oakley M-Frames for eye protection. I could have probably done it a lot faster, but I took my time, and I kept taking computer surfing breaks. The shifting and braking are a lot smoother now on the Merlin with the shorter cable runs. The nasty thing about cutting cable housing is small sharp pieces of metal go flying off when you make a cut. I had to retrieve them to make sure no one would get cut on them. I also used a Dremel tool to smooth out the rough areas of the cable housings where I had made the cuts. The sparks flying off the Dremel disk while I was sanding away the metal in the cable housing was a little disconcerting at first, but I quickly got used to it. The new bike seems to climb really well – not sure how much of that is the placebo effect with a new bike though.