How about using one of those clamp-on front brake cable housing stops that clamp around the stem as it exits the HS locknut? That doesn't take up any stack height. Are those still available? I did that many years ago on my 1988 Santana tandem (which came to me with precisely 1.5 threads engaging the factory headset's locknut - I almost fainted when I opened it up, because we had ridden it a lot before I ever took it apart - yikes). I think they are MTB parts, so finding a 1" (22.2 mm) one now might be a lot trickier than it was 10+ years ago. Regards, Greg Parker Dexter, Michigan Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2004 16:22:37 -0400 (EDT) From: email@example.com To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: [CR]brake cable problem
I recently acquired a truly lovely tandem from a list member. A Jack Taylor from the early 80s with the old graphics, box- lining...white. Really pretty.
I'm just dying to get it together, and ride it, and it's getting there. But I ran into a snag and I'm hoping someone here will have a better idea than I do.
The stem that came with it is drilled for a brake cable, but that stem is too long and too low for my use.. I'm putting a Nitto Technomic deluxe on it instead (no yowls from the peanut gallery: my cervical joint health is more important than looking good on the slopes, 'kay?)
The problem is, the steerer tube is, as it should be, oversized, so a standard head-set fit cable stop will not work. I'd need an oversized one, or I'd have to file one out.. not a big deal on an aluminum one, and I may do that, assuming I can actually FIND an aluminum stop that will work... the part that fits over the steerer would have to be quite thin, because, most unfortunately, the steerer tube has been cut rather short.. (you can see the comedy of errors here) <snip>