how to clean and lube gear cable?
By chance I read this yesterday…..
There is a bit about cables.
Hope it helpsPosted 6 years agofishaMember
I either put a bit of grease or chain lube between my fingers and run t he cable through t hem.
I also pop the end cap off the cable outers and holding it vertical , drop oil into the outer and let it run down the inside of the outer, take a bit of time , but a drip at a time oozes in and after half dozen drips I run the cable through to push the oil the rest of the way.Posted 6 years ago
After a pretty mucky ride my gear changes are a bit off. Cleaned the cassette, chain, mech, etc. obviously but not changing between gears right and they were spot on before this. So I’m thinking it must be the cable but I don’t know how to go about this (Shimano SLX by the way). Any advice would be appreciated.Posted 6 years agoTandemJeremyMember
one of these can help – but not a perfect solution by any meansPosted 6 years ago
Putting oils/grease inside cables can end up leaving the system needing more maintenance. It’ll not only attract/collect more dust, it’ll dry up and thicken over time and require flushing out. You’ll then need to apply more lubricant, which will eventually thicken, slow the system down and require removal. Repeat ad nauseum. In a split system, dirt by itself will not cause much of a problem; giving it oils/grease to mix with will. Cable oilers are the solution to a problem that doesnt exist, or at least it didn’t until the oiler was fitted.
In a split system, dry cables will perform consistently for longer. They *may* have slightly more friction, but they’ll require little or no maintenance. A ‘lubricated’ system will be less consistent and require more maintenance.
A single run of outer cable – or even just at the stops on stays – is by far the best solution, in my experience.Posted 6 years ago
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