How to replace the gear cables on your road bike

Take the slack out of your shifting

Gear cables are a consumable part of the drivetrain of your road bike and in order to keep shifting as efficient as possible, they should be routinely replaced.

As dirt and grime finds its way into your cables, your shifting will become less responsive. It's easily fixed by replacing your cables and it's best to do this at the first sign of trouble as you may get away with just replacing your inner cables.

Follow our video guide below for a step-by-step guide to replacing the gear cables on your road bike. Similarly, if you're looking to replace the gear cables on your mountain bike then we've got a separate video guide.

Check out our step-by-step guide on how to replace the gear cables on your road bike

Unsure what's causing your drivetrain woes? Check out our guide on how to adjust the gears on your bike.

Oli Woodman

Section Editor, UK
With more than 10 years of experience riding mountain bikes, Oli knows the good from the bad when it comes to gear. He's a total bike nerd and loves few things more than fettling with spangly riding bits. Also, he seems to have a talent for crashing hard but emerging unscathed.
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Loamy singletrack
  • Current Bikes: Marin Pine Mountain, Pinnacle Dolomite
  • Dream Bike: Honda RN01
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