How does one determine when its time to change brake cables? I have one frayed bit where the cable clips/screwed onto the adjuster - I've adjusted it periodically and lately have seen that part of the cable a bit worn and stiff.
Brake cables are cheap and easy to replace. Once you think you need to change them - then you need to change them.
I guess the definitive answer is when any strands break at either the ferrule in the lever or at the adjustment nut on the calliper. This is not the same as just getting a bit splayed and flattened. Make sure you use one of those soft metal end caps on the cut cable as they do keep the strands under better control beneath the adjustment nut.
The LBS did my cables today (next time I will give it a go myself when I've bought some cable cutters), and told me that you should use stainless steel ones, rather than the galvanized ones the bike came with. Any other tips on buying brake cable inner/outers?
(They also think I'm mad as I asked for all the bits so that I could practise cutting cables on the old ones first).