It is inevitable to experience wear out on different parts of your bike. This is no exception for the shifter cables, which wear out after several kilometers of cycling.
Worn-out shifter cables are a nuisance and hinder smooth-riding. The cables get stuck on the housings and can also get caught up on other parts causing avoidable damage. The shifting becomes a nightmare, and you are never going to catch up if you are racing.
Therefore, to avoid unnecessary shifter cable troubles, follow these steps to replace your worn-out shifter cables.
Get the Right tools
Before any replacement, you will need tools to help you get the job done efficiently and quickly. For this replacement, you will need; the new cables with housing, inner wires, ferrules, and end caps; hex wrenches, diagonal cutters, poker or small pick, and cable housing cutters.
Steps for Replacement
- Shift the chain onto the smallest cogs in the front and back.
- To access the shifter, unwrap the bar tape.
- Next, remove the old cable from the housing by clipping off the end cap.
- Take out the old cable from the shifter.
- Measure the new cable housing and cut the right length. You can use the old housing for measurement.
- Widen the opening of the housing using a pick and then install the new ferrules, whether metal or plastic.
- Put in the new cable into the shifters and via the housing.
- Thread the cable via the derailleur, attach housing, and then secure the bolts in place.
- Use a cutter to snip off extra cable length and seal the end off with a new end cap. Secure the end cap by crimping it.