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.
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
GrahamG said:That was a very polite response John to a slightly shirty toned post, I'm impressed.
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
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.
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.