This particular one had broken inside the lever - oddly enough, I'd have had a look at them (and I can't remember noticing anything untoward) when I replaced my brake hoods 3 weeks or so ago - those were old enough to have perished, so I should have had pause for thought on the cables too at that point I guess, mea culpa.Terminator said:Sometimes brake cables fray and break inside the lever which has happened to me a few times.
Thanks Tim. I found these;Tim Bennet. said:The only 'specialist' tools you need to work on brakes (over and above a decent set of allen keys or multitool) is a good quality pair of cable cutters. Anything else is likely to make a dog's dinner of the cut ends.
I do have a few knocking around (my daughter's bike was delivered without one on the back brake cable, so I bought a few for that). Thanks again for the tips.When you buy replacement cables remember to get some little cable end terminals. Not only do they finish the cut end neatly, but they cover the frayed strands which can be needle sharp.
If there was any chance that brake cables could fail without any warning, cycling would be a very different sport. More like Russian Roulette! The only reason it's possible to fly down alpine passes on a fully loaded touring bike without a care in the world, is that with a bit of care and maintainance, cable brakes are very reliable!Operate the brake and shift lever and look closely at all four cables both at the levers and at the derailleurs and brakes. Also inspect along the frame. If you spot any signs of fraying or rusting or even if you see cracking in the cable housing sections, have the cable and housing replaced
To be honest, I think Tim's right - as I say in the earlier post, I've never used a bike every day, for the sorts of miles I'm doing before. All my previous bikes did the odd mile or two now and then, here and there, and that was it. It stands to reason (especially with the bike being pre-owned, and pretty old) that I *should* have been, and should be looking for stuff like this. (Despite the jocular tone of my first post, it was pretty scary to feel the tension suddenly disappear from the brake lever, to say the least).GrahamG said:That was a very polite response John to a slightly shirty toned post, I'm impressed.
Exactly, and when you don't *need* the bike the following day My hybrid gets this treatment, as it's largely an occasional bike (my tourer being the one I ride everywhere) so it doesn't matter if I have to leave it in the garage for a bit. I'm still slightly wary of doing my own work on stuff like gears and brakes though.GrahamG said:My own personal favourite for the non-technical (i.e. doesn't require special tools or any serious know-how) is trial and error! That's only if you have the time to do a job twice though
Before you put the litle end caps on, it's a good idea to solder (if you've got a soldering iron) the ends of your cables. This stops them fraying and then the little end caps will slide on easily.Tim Bennet. said:When you buy replacement cables remember to get some little cable end terminals. Not only do they finish the cut end neatly, but they cover the frayed strands which can be needle sharp.
Or wrap a bit of insulating or masking tape round them before you feed them through.Number14 said:Before you put the litle end caps on, it's a good idea to solder (if you've got a soldering iron) the ends of your cables. This stops them fraying and then the little end caps will slide on easily.