I enjoy leisure bicycle riding-not fast, not far- just around town and a little out in the country. Some of the roads I ride are gravel so I ride a mountain bike -one I picked up at a garage sale. Recently I was given a Mongoose bike. Aluminum frame , full suspension, front disc brake, low mileage. The bad-it had been sitting outside a couple years. I got all the bearings cleaned up and greased and the chain loosened up. The cables were history so I went to WallyWorld and bought a replacement set for less than 10 bucks. My question. Why are the cable housings going to back not in one piece. The cable outer housings go to the frame behind the head bearings into a lug on the frame. For about 6 to 8 inches then there is only the inside cable, then the outer housing begins again and goes to the device it operates. This just looks like more places for dirt and moisture to get in. My replacement cables are long enough to make one housing and that is what I plan on doing. My second question-- am I the only one who switches around the brake controls so that the right side controls the front brake like a motorcycle? I am hoping that my "new" bike has a better engine. My old one tends to overheat and lose power rather quickly!
Yamaha XJ550 Seca