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Clean and classy Bike speedometer installation

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Anyone who has ever installed a bike computer/speedometer knows the problem.  How do you route the speedo wire in a way that is both good looking and keeps it out of the spokes and wheel?  Why do they give me 10 feet of wire?  Why are there only 3 cable ties in the kit?  

And of course it ends up looking bad; a rats nest of coiled wires and various colors of cable ties.  Then I go out for a ride, looking forward to seeing how far I have gone but end up head over heels as my speedo wire catches the front wheel and tosses me into the bushes.

This instructable tells how I solved this problem using some heat shrink and a soldering iron.

 
 
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Step 1: Tools and Parts

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You'll need heat shrink.  I used 3/8 inch diameter heat shrink as this fits over the brake housing and has room to slide the speedo wire through.  I tried 1/4 inch tube, but it was too tight.

You can get heat shrink at Radio Shack Home Depot etc.  Sometimes you can find different colors!

And you need soldering stuff, an iron, some wire cutters, a stripper (or a knife) and solder.

And some bike tools.  I only needed a couple of hex keys.
 

Step 2: Remove Brake cable.

This works better on bikes with disk brakes as the brake cable goes all the way down the fork.  

Remove the cable at the brake and at the point 1/2 way up the fork there is another clamp that holds the cable out of the wheel.  Remove these so you can slide the heat shrink on. 
 

 

Step 3: Slide heat shrink onto the cable

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I took my brake cable completely off to make these pictures.  

I used three 8 inch long sections of heat shrink to fit my bike/cable configuration.  You may need more or less.
 
Philip J Fry10 months ago
Just a question, why didn't you um, you know, shrink the heat shrink?
brianbarkey (author)  Philip J Fry10 months ago
Good question! I thought I would, but after I got it all together the heat shrink stayed in place. I might later, but so far it hasn't been a problem. if you do this to your bike and shrink it, I'd love to hear about your experience.
3366carlos12 months ago
great
ghaom1 year ago
It looks great, it doesn't read so well. If you could have inserted instructions instead of the opening disertation it would have been great. What size resistor is used?
brianbarkey (author)  ghaom1 year ago
Hey I got it fixed!
brianbarkey (author)  ghaom1 year ago
Thanks, I'm having trouble with the editing. The website keeps putting my intro into each step.

I didn't use any resistors. Perhaps you're looking at a connection with heatshrink on it.
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