Dec 23, 2019

Change a Bicycle Brake Cable

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Replacing the [[Fix-Brakes-on-a-Bike|brake]] cable is a key aspect of routine bicycle maintenance. While it’s a little tricky, there’s no need to rush to a bike mechanic if your cable is past its prime. Inspect the inner cable and outer housing regularly, and replace them once a year or when they’re frayed, worn, or rusty. Since techniques might vary depending on your bike. Consult a bike repair manual for specific instructions relating to your bike.  
 
Replacing the [[Fix-Brakes-on-a-Bike|brake]] cable is a key aspect of routine bicycle maintenance. While it’s a little tricky, there’s no need to rush to a bike mechanic if your cable is past its prime. Inspect the inner cable and outer housing regularly, and replace them once a year or when they’re frayed, worn, or rusty. Since techniques might vary depending on your bike. Consult a bike repair manual for specific instructions relating to your bike.  
 
[[Category:Bicycle Brake and Chain Maintenance]]
 
[[Category:Bicycle Brake and Chain Maintenance]]
 
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==Steps==
#Snip the crimped end off of the inner cable. Find the end of the brake cable that sticks out of the retention clamp on the braking mechanism. This is the wheel-end of the cable, as opposed to the end that attaches to the lever. Use a pair of wire cutters to snip off the crimp on the end
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===Removing the Old Cable===
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#Snip the crimped end off of the inner cable. Find the end of the brake cable that sticks out of the retention clamp on the braking mechanism. This is the wheel-end of the cable, as opposed to the end that attaches to the lever. Use a pair of wire cutters to snip off the crimp on the end.<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHAJ4DagD10&feature=youtu.be&t=20</ref>[[Image:Change a Bicycle Brake Cable Step 1 Version 8.jpg|center]]
 
#*It’ll be easier to slide the old cable out of its housing if you snip off the crimped end. Otherwise, it’ll might get caught inside of the housing.  
 
#*It’ll be easier to slide the old cable out of its housing if you snip off the crimped end. Otherwise, it’ll might get caught inside of the housing.  
 
#*Your new cable should come with a new end crimp. If it doesn’t, cable end crimps are inexpensive and available at bike shops.  
 
#*Your new cable should come with a new end crimp. If it doesn’t, cable end crimps are inexpensive and available at bike shops.  
#Loosen the pinch bolt with a 5 mm Allen key. Locate the pinch bolt that secures the cable to the retention clamp. It has a small 6-sided indentation that fits a 5 mm Allen key. Insert the Allen key into the indentation, twist it counterclockwise to loosen the bolt, then slide out the brake cable.<
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#Loosen the pinch bolt with a 5 mm Allen key. Locate the pinch bolt that secures the cable to the retention clamp. It has a small 6-sided indentation that fits a 5 mm Allen key. Insert the Allen key into the indentation, twist it counterclockwise to loosen the bolt, then slide out the brake cable.<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHAJ4DagD10&feature=youtu.be&t=44</ref><br><br>
 
 
 
#*The brake cable’s housing might have ferrules or end caps that secure it to the frame, lever, or retention clamp. Be sure to safely store these and any small parts to avoid losing them.  
 
#*The brake cable’s housing might have ferrules or end caps that secure it to the frame, lever, or retention clamp. Be sure to safely store these and any small parts to avoid losing them.  
 
#Turn the barrel adjuster at the handlebar. Find the adjuster, which is a small barrel next to the brake lever on the handlebar that secures the cable to the lever. The adjuster and lever each have slots, or thin openings that look like straight lines. Using your fingers, rotate the adjuster counterclockwise until its slot lines up with the one in the lever.<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHAJ4DagD10&feature=youtu.be&t=49</ref><br><br>
 
#Turn the barrel adjuster at the handlebar. Find the adjuster, which is a small barrel next to the brake lever on the handlebar that secures the cable to the lever. The adjuster and lever each have slots, or thin openings that look like straight lines. Using your fingers, rotate the adjuster counterclockwise until its slot lines up with the one in the lever.<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHAJ4DagD10&feature=youtu.be&t=49</ref><br><br>


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