Customising your Bike Gear and Brake Cables

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Customising your mountain bike cables

Just a quick post to point you at a little article I read over on NSMBe magazine about a cheap and easy way to customise your bike cables, both gears and brakes.

I’ve always enviously eyed up the slick looking carbon-style cable casings but they’re so pointlessly expensive that I’ve never been able to justify them. This article, though, has a full guide to using electrician’s heat shrink tubing to bling your bike and get away from the standard black.

I’m going to take a wander to Maplin and see if they’ve got any nice colours to match my bike. Those UV reactive ones sound particularly flashy, glowing in the dark sounds mighty useful for night biking in the long scottish winter!


Colin started mountain biking in the early 2000s and has haphazardly, and with barely increasing skill, dragged his bike around the majority of Scotland's trail centres since then. Colin has oodles of hard earned experience in how NOT to do things - listen, be warned and don't repeat his mistakes...   More about Colin... Google+ Colin

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