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Open To All: Fitting Cable into the Front Brake

Last week we focussed on getting the cable correctly into the lever end. The other end of the brake cable is, of course, the actual brake. We will need to look at both front and back brakes. We’ve spread this particular tutorial over a couple of blog posts. Also, we deal with a few different brake types – from dual or single pivot,  to V-brakes to caliper brakes. All common types that you will frequently come across in bike maintenance. For Read More...

Open To All: Fitting Brake Cables into 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 Read More...

Open To All – Preparing Cable Housing

So by now, if you’ve been following our Open to All blog series, you will have a good idea of what types of cabling can be used on a bicycle, and how to best measure their length depending on where they are going. Still to do though, is to ensure that the cable housing that the cables travel through is adequately prepared. Best practice demands that you prepare the housing because when you cut it, the housing will be crushed Read More...

Open To All – The four step process to replacing bicycle cables

Here at Cycle Systems we teach our students to fit both bike brake and gear cables in a simple four step process. Knowing which step you are at can really help, and of course there are pitfalls along each one that we shall enlighten you about over the coming weeks. To replace a cable on your bicycle you must make sure that you: Measure the correct cable housing length before fitting Prepare the cable housing in the correct way Fit the cable properly into the Read More...

Open To All – Understanding Cable Types

Today we kick off our “Open to All” tutorial blog series. This is aimed at the very beginner and reticent bicycle maintenance enthusiast. We’ll cover everything you need to know in this series, from braking and transmission systems, to how to get yourself back on the road when minor faults occur. Based on our passion that anyone can be a bike mechanic, this six month series will give you an in depth look at the basics. “Open to All” will leave Read More...