Re: [CR]bar-end shifter cable routing

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Date: Wed, 07 Nov 2007 11:57:52 -0500
From: Marcus Coles <>
Subject: Re: [CR]bar-end shifter cable routing
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P.C. Kohler wrote:
> It wasn't my idea and I hate the things, but my '67 Holdsworth Super
> Mistral has to have bar-end shifters due to braze ons. Looking at pix of
> the era, the racing custom seemed to have been to carry the cabling up
> the bars to the end of the bar tape rather than just up to the brake
> levers which seems to be the prevailing practice.
> Several postings in the archives suggested that the "racing" arrangement
> is not as satisfactory given the extra friction caused by the extra
> cable length, bends etc. Have any of you out there recently used this
> arrangement with better results? I ride "on the drops" all the time and
> this routing seems preferable as it gets the cabling out of the way.
> My father's '78? Raleigh Super Course with Suntour bar-ends and components came with the cables under the red cloth bar wrap exiting at the end of the tape. IIRC these cable outers were bare metal spiral without a vinyl jacket. It seemed to work well on the couple of times I rode it, friction did not seem to be a problem.

Marcus Coles
not a fan of bar-ends in
London, Ontario, Canada.