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Hey there,

Need to know how to install brake cabling for aero brake levers (not sti).

What tools are needed? What cabling recomend? How to attach ferrules? How 2 get cable length right? (or anything you guys think someone new to this should know ;)

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Aero brakes

You will need cables of course. If you got the levers at the LBS, go ask which cables you'll need. Most aero brakes need MTB style cables with the ends being a diffeent shape than road cables. Tools wise you'll need an allen wrench for the brake nut to loosen, and something to cut housing and cable. It should be something good too. If you use something that doesn't cut really well, the cable can frey, and you loose tension, either braking or shifting. You will cut the cable after it's attached and adjusted correctly. Ferules basically pinch on, so a pliers will work. Brakes are pretty easy to adjust and maintain. Take your time and follow the directions provided with your levers. Post if you have more questions! :)
 

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1. Take a little flash light, pull your brake lever and peek inside to see where the cable goes. You're probably going to find that you need a brake cable that has a little mushroom on the end rather than a little barrel on the end. Once you look inside the cable routing is obvious.

2. You are going to need something to make a nice clean cut in your new brake cable. Real bicycle cable cutters are best, some guys use a dremel cut off wheel. I've not had good luck with ordinary side cutters because they make the cable frey.

3. Use a C-clamp or a zip tie or something to hold your brake closed against the rim. Leave the tiniest bit of slack that you can manage when you anchor the cable and, if you're lucky, it'll come out just right.
 
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