Is it easy to replace bike brake cables?
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.
Can you splice a bike cable?
Perhaps the easiest way to splice wires together is to purchase a crimping kit. If you go this route, you do not have to worry about soldering your splice. Instead, you simply strip approximately half an inch of colored insulation off the end of each wire. Then, you twist the wires together to ensure good connectivity.
Why are my bike brakes not working?
If either brake isn’t working properly, it’s likely to be a result of slack in the cable – unless your bike has hydraulic brakes, in which case they probably need ‘bleeding’ to remove air bubbles. (That’s a job for the bike shop or a confident home mechanic.) Is the brake properly set up? Examine the brake pads.
When should I replace bike brake cables?
Cables should be replaced when they are worn causing the bike functionality to react to that wear and tear. This is every 2,000 to 3,000 miles. Specific damage to the cables or housing is also cause for replacement.
Are brake and shifter cables the same?
Just like with cables, housing comes in two different types; brake and shifter. From the outside they may look the same – but they are in fact very different. Brake housing is built around a wire that coils down the length of the cable. Shifter cables see different forces so the housing is built differently.
How do I make my bike brakes easier to squeeze?
A few drops of oil at all the brake pivot points will likely help and many brands of brakes allow for adjustment of the pivot point “tension” via a bolt, nut, or set screw. If you have cantilever brakes then the posts where they mount to the frame might need lubrication.