Ca­ble up­grades

Bikes Etc - - CONTENTS -

Slicker, smoother gear shift­ing can be yours with these sim­ple up­grades.

Per­fect gear shift­ing starts by hav­ing clean, well­lu­bri­cated com­po­nents both in­side your shifters and of course through­out your de­railleurs. These items are ob­vi­ous but there is one im­por­tant com­po­nent that con­nects the two – your gear ca­bles. On the face of it, there isn’t much to your gear ca­bles but dig into them and you’ll find a care­fully engi­neered ar­range­ment with very fine tol­er­ances, and low-fric­tion ma­te­ri­als that al­low the other parts to work seam­lessly. One part of the ar­range­ment, the outer hous­ing, is loaded in com­pres­sion so mustn’t get shorter; the other half, the in­ner ca­ble, does the op­po­site so is in ten­sion and mustn’t stretch. Be­tween the two, there has to be as lit­tle fric­tion as pos­si­ble, and the com­bined set-up then has to pass around the tight cor­ners of your bike. A slight fail­ing in any of these ar­eas and your shift­ing will lose ac­cu­racy, so it’s worth look­ing af­ter them. And if you want even sharper shift­ing, we’ve looked at some of the best up­grade op­tions…

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