Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Cheap Weight Tip #7: Cut the excess cables and housing

A few people sent this one in: trim those excess cable housings down. Cable housing is braided steel with a liner (typically) and the exterior plastic housing. And it weighs something. By trimming this down to the right length, you can save some weight and the bike will have a much cleaner look.

Notice, I said the "right" length. This tip doesnt mean that you cut your housing down too far. There is such a thing as too short. Too short is when you turn your handlebars, your rear brakes touch the rim.

Too long:

Photo from Park Tools site

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