Cable housing length - short on purpose?
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    Cable housing length - short on purpose?

    Just wondering if anybody ever cuts their cable and brake housings a bit shorter than recommended for aesthetic purposes or have seen pro bikes set up like that?

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    Of course. It's all subjective. I've seen short, what I consider correct, and long. I'm sure some guys cut short because they think it looks better. Does it really matter?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    Of course. It's all subjective. I've seen short, what I consider correct, and long. I'm sure some guys cut short because they think it looks better. Does it really matter?
    Even short to the point where you can't turn the handlebars all the way?

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    Any bike that has these cut too short is a sure sign that the bike belongs to a poseur, or is looked after by a novice mechanic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nova_rider View Post
    Any bike that has these cut too short is a sure sign that the bike belongs to an amateur, or is looked after by novice mechanic.
    Bingo!

    If 'aesthetics' is what you're after, why would you make your bike look un-aesthetic to anyone who knows anything about bikes.



    Quote Originally Posted by 5DII View Post
    Even short to the point where you can't turn the handlebars all the way?
    Psstttt.... that's not aesthetically pleasing. People will probably look at you like you don't know what you're doing.
    If you want to look cool... just make your cables the proper length.
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    When I cut new housings, I always make them just a bit longer than the originals.

    Remember, if they are too long, you can make them shorter. If they are too short, you can't make them longer.
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    No matter how long the old ones were? Do you take a look at the old ones are just go ahead and cut the new ones so they're longer? I never bother w/ the old housing, I just cut the housing the correct length.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    No matter how long the old ones were? Do you take a look at the old ones are just go ahead and cut the new ones so they're longer? I never bother w/ the old housing, I just cut the housing the correct length.
    And what is the "correct" length?

    Yes, I use the old housings as a guide. Naive as it may sound, I assume the old housings are close to the correct length - on a bike I bought new of course.
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