Over the last couple days, I’ve had a chance to play around with some different cable routing ideas I have had for a while.
My brother-in-law surprised both his wife and I on Saturday by buying her a Surly LHT. We had a 42cm here that fit her well and we made some other changes to make it her own. She wasn’t a fan of the big arcs of housing sprouting from the bar-end shifters, so I took the opportunity to try out an idea I had. I routed the bar end shifter housing through the handlebar and exited up near the stem. I am sure this bar wouldn’t pass a rigorous stress-test in a lab, but her engineer husband and myself agreed that she would have a hard time stressing that bar enough to worry about. The end result was very agreeable.
Another routing project came by way of another LHT – this one in for a handlebar swap and checkup. He wanted to install a-bars on the bar-top and give the “second stem” idea a whirl. We placed a second stem under the stem holding the bars and put a nice straight bar in there to accommodate his computer, bike speakers, and a light. I didn’t like the way the front brake cable was routed around the stem into the hanger, so I drilled out a hole in the flat bar, tapped it to take a barrel adjuster, and made it serve as the cable hanger itself.
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