How to route and fit a cable pain­lessly and prop­erly

Fit­ting a new cable is sim­ple enough if you heed the golden rules about good rout­ing


MAIN­TAIN­ING CON­TROL means mak­ing con­trol ca­bles do as they’re meant to. Cor­rect rout­ing is key to that. In­cor­rect rout­ing leads to snag­ging and pulling, of­ten at in­op­por­tune mo­ments with the po­ten­tial for dan­ger­ous loss of con­trol as a throt­tle fails to close or a clutch dis­en­gages.

Of­ten when re­build­ing a bike you might find your­self with no clue as to how a cable was routed at the fac­tory. Or maybe you thought you’d re­mem­ber how a cable went but when it comes to re­fit­ting, im­per­fect mem­ory has failed you. We must ad­mit to that one hap­pen­ing to us with in­creas­ing fre­quency these days.

If you have a fac­tory man­ual then there are prob­a­bly a few pages in it de­tail­ing the cor­rect rout­ing of ca­bles and wires, but these can be no­to­ri­ously dif­fi­cult to read and fathom out de­pend­ing on the man­u­fac­turer and the qual­ity of the man­ual.

How­ever the ap­pli­ca­tion of com­mon­sense and the in­ter­pre­ta­tion of a few clues both on the cable and the bike will see you with a con­trol cable that’s both safe and fully func­tional.

We took the clutch cable off Project TDR pay­ing scant at­ten­tion to its rout­ing to demon­strate the point.

A man clearly in charge of events, and in­deed his own destiny

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