July 30, 2012
FLO Cycling - How to Build a Road Bike Step 11, Installing Cables and Housing
This is Step 11 of a multi-part series on how to build a road bike. There is a free eBook available that gives you instant access to the following:
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To see Step 1, Installing your Bottom Bracket, click here.
To see Step 2, Installing your Crankset and Pedals, click here.
To see Step 3, Installing your Fork, Stem, and Handlebar, click here.
To see Step 4, Hanging your Derailleurs, click here.
To see Step 5, Installing your Saddle, click here.
To see Step 6, Installing your Shifters, click here.
To see Step 7, Installing your Cassette and Wheels, click here.
To see Step 8, Mounting your Brakes, click here.
To see Step 9, Aligning your Rear Derailleur, click here.
Step 11 – Installing Cables and Housing
What You Need
- Cutters (SP-7)
- Brake and Shift Cables
- Brake and Shift Cable Housing
- End Caps (Ferrules for Brake and Shift
- Cable Housing)
Before You Get Started
- Cable housing comes in two different sizes. Be sure you have both shift cable housing AND brake cable housing.
4. Insert the shift cable into the shift cable hole. The shift cable will pop out of the other side of the shifter (see Figure 3). Continue feeding the cable all of the way through the shifter until the head of the cable properly seats inside of the shifter (see Figure 4).
6. After the cable housing is cut to the proper length, install end caps (ferrules) to the ends of your housing.
7. Feed the brake and shift cables into their respective housing and insert the ends of the cable housing into the guides of your shifters (see Figure 5 & Figure 6).
8. Feed your cables and housing into their respective cable stops (or internal routing holes).
9. At this point, the housing for your front brake and derailleur should be complete. Your rear brake and derailleur cabling should need once more piece of housing each.
10. Starting with your rear brake, continue running the bare cable to the second cable stop. Now you will need to cut a small piece of cable housing to run from the second cable stop to the rear brake. Be sure to cover both ends of the cable housing with end caps (ferrules). Run the cable through the last piece of cable housing (see Figure 7). This will complete the cable and housing run for your rear brake. We’ll connect the brake cable in a later step.
12. At this point you have completely run the cabling for your front derailleur. We will connect the derailleur cable in a later step.
13. After you have run your rear derailleur cable through its guide underneath the bottom bracket, continue running the bare cable along the drive side chain stay until you reach a cable stop.
14. Cut a piece of cable housing to run from the cable stop on your chain stay to the barrel adjuster on your rear derailleur (see Figure 8). Note: This piece of housing will create a loop as it turns around to feed the cable into the barrel adjuster of the rear derailleur. Be sure to not make this loop too small, as it will restrict the motion of the cable inside. You won’t want to make it too large either. Watch the accompanying video to get an idea of the proper size piece of cable housing.
This completes installing the cables and housing.
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Jon and Chris