Cable routing handlebar/headset 🛣️
Time to route the cables through the handlebar/headset. As I’ve previously very quickly tried to get these extremely stiff cables into the handlebar I decided to make my life a little easier. I bought myself the, imho quite expensive, internal routing kit from Park Tool (see shopping list). Absolutely amazed how easy it was to get the job done. Feel free to borrow it if you live close to Utrecht.
I’ve decided to go for the expensive Park Tool because I couldn’t wait for an alternative with longer delivery dates. You might want to check out Bicycle Internal Cable Routing Tool from AliExpress. Much much cheaper and will probably do the job as well. Please leave a comment if you have good experience with this one.
All of a sudden I doubted whether I shouldn’t have started with routing into the handlebars first and then get the cables into the frame. Not sure what is the best solution, but this worked for me.
I decided to use all three spacers first and then measure how much I had to cut the headtube.
Once measured I found out that I’ve done things in the wrong order….🤦♂️ I thought I was able to get to fork out again but totally forgot about the front brake cable which was already nicely routed into the handlebar.🤬
✔️ Lesson learned: measuring and cutting the headtube should have been done at an earlier stage…..
Anyway, I had to remove the front brake cable again and then cut the headtube with a handsaw. After that, re-routed the front brake cable through the handlebar again. Still very happy that I bought that Part Tool Internal Cable Routing Kit 💯.
Up to the next step: Installing and positioning the shifters/levers. 💪