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Open to all: Fitting Brake Cables into Levers

Bike Cables Levers

We are getting into the fiddly end of our bike cables tutorials now.

So far in this series we’ve defined the four different steps to cable fitting, and we are now at step 3:

1. Measuring and routing cable housing

2. Cutting and prepping the cable housing

3. Fitting the inner cable into the lever



We’ve outlined the main two types of lever that you would come across most often when you attempt this cycle maintenance task below. Good luck!

Drop Bar Levers

WORKSHOP TIP: For different bike types of drop bar lever, you may or may not need to fit a ferrule onto the housing. Refer to manufacturer's instructions for the exact make and model of the lever you are working with and their recommendations.

Your classic road bike set up.

Step 1: Pull back the rubber hood to expose the back of the lever.

STEP 2:  Insert the cable through the lever mount, making sure the cable passes

STEP 3: Slide prepared cable housing into place, using the inner cable as a guide.

Straight Bar Levers

Mountain bikes, many hybrid or commuter bikes will have straight bar levers. Follow the steps below to correctly insert your cables into this type of lever.

WORKSHOP TIP: There are two types of straight bar lever - the more old fashioned, which work with hub brakes, caliper and cantilever brakes. The more modern V Brake lever (as shown here) pulls twice the amount of cable and is only compatible with V Brakes and Cable Disc Brakes.

STEP 1: Align the barrel adjuster as shown so that the gaps meet.

STEP 2: Pull the brake lever towards the bar, and place the barrel end of the cable into the gap.

STEP 3: Rotate the barrel end of the cable and slide the cable into the slot on the lever and barrel adjuster, turn the barrel adjuster slightly to hold in place.

STEP 4: Thread the cable inner into the housing and slot the housing neatly into the barrel adjuster.

Great stuff! Next week, we will travel to the other end of the cable and look at how to fit them into the actual brakes themselves. And the following blog will look at gear cables specifically, and how to route them well into shifters.

There’s quite a lot to contend with as you can see.


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