How to lubricate brake and shift cables

This is the fastest and simplest way to learn how to lubricate brake and shift cables without using any tools. Five minutes, a rag, some lubricant and this mountain bike maintenance tip is all you need to bring those brake and shift cables back to life for better gear shifting and mountain bike braking performance.

And the best part is you don’t even have to strip the cables to do it using a sneaky bike mechanic trick from way back.  You’ll be blown away by how easy it is and you’ll be blown away by the difference it makes to you brake and shift cable operation.

Remember the frog in the pot of water?

He didn’t realise the water was heating up until it was too late to jump out.  That could be you. Your brakes and gears shifted great when your bike was new, but over time things slowly changed and you haven’t noticed.  Those brake and shift cables got full of muck and dirt and dried out.  That could be the reason why your shifting is sluggish and your brakes are sticking.

So, grab a rag, some lube and this video below. Give yourself five minutes to learn how to lubricate brake and shift cables and by the end of it your cables will work like new. Maybe even better.  The difference will surprise you so much you’ll wish you did it sooner!

  Super Tip: Full length outer cables – if you’ve got full length outer cables simply remove the outer cables to clean and flush, then carefully re-install the outers back over the cleaned inners.  If your inner cables have frayed ends it’s a good idea to have new cables on standby just in case you run into difficulty with the re-install.