I'm going with the 'every time I need to pull the cable out of the housing' for $200 Alex. If I don't pull the cable out of the housing for years, so be it. If I'm in the 'upgrading mode' could be weekly.johndengler said:I know some people recommend changing houses and cables every year or season, but I think that might be a little over kill. What does everyone else go with?
Zero times per bike. Start with top-end OEM Shimano or Campy housing, do it right the first time, use a good synthetic grease - not too thick, not too thin - and forget about them. Of course, if you change derailleurs, shifters, etc, there's no reason not to also change the cables.johndengler said:I know some people recommend changing houses and cables every year or season, but I think that might be a little over kill. What does everyone else go with?
JuanmoretimeI also replace handlebar tape annually.[/QUOTE said:I ride white tape. My replacement schedule's more like every 6-8 weeks.
Yeah, I know if I switched to black it'd last longer, but I LIKE the look of the white tape (when its white!)
Not so! I'm very busy, but having a bike that looks perfect and functions perfectly is critically important to me as a bike racer. Also, for me it's very quick to slap on new cables and housing- a 10 minute job start to finish for shift, front and rear. Same with bar tape.Argentius said:too much
on your hands.
I slide out enough cable to expose the amount of cable that normally is in casing. I put a thin layer of grease on the cable, and then add oil and mix them together. If the casing ends are showing any rust, I put a drop or two of oil on the end of the casing. Slide the cable back in and wipe off any surface lube. Good to go.scico said:Wich is the best way to lube cables?