Thread: New Bike Build
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Old 04-27-2014, 05:34 PM
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Default Re: New Bike Build

Originally Posted by CTripps View Post
On many bikes that can be a problem. If you can, re-route the cables to the underside of the top bar. If it's a problem with welded-on cable stays (loops it passes through), you have two options (that come to my mind right away)..

Either cut the stays off the bar, and grind/sand smooth where they were welded (the cable(s) can be tied up underneath after the tank is mounted or position is determined).. I did this for my cruiser, which gave me the added bonus of a sample of each colour paint to take with me to match at the store..


Build up a series of layers of rubber strips to go under the tank against the top bar, so that you build up support between cables. By doing this you can vary the widths of the strips to go between/beside cables.. I've done this on my beast, and a couple of other mtn bike frames where the cable stays are needed for the operation of the shifter system. To try to explain, my beast has a 'stack' of 5 (or maybe 6) strips between tank and frame in a sort of I-beam shape. The number depends on the thickness of material you work with. A strip 1" wide, goes against the bar under the cables (they are raised slightly by the stays holding them). I have 3 (or 4) 1/2" wide strips stacked on that that run between the cables, then another 1" wide strip across the top. To make it easier to handle I used the ultra-thin two-sided tape that comes with window seal kits to hold the layers together.
The bike has the stays holding the cables and I don't want to grind them off messing up the bike. However the second way is very good. While I was bolting on the gas tank I thought of exactly what you said... Putting some kind of spacer in between the gas tank and frame so the cables can still move. I didn't do it yet because the mounts aren't long enough to reach the bolts if I put some kind of spacer to raise the gas tank up off the cables. Gotta get some bigger mounts or make some.
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