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Bicycle cables transmit the need for brakes or gear change to the bike's mechanisms. Browse, shop, get free shipping.

Bicycle cables have a history.  The mechanism of a cable has a flexible tube which contains a length of fine wire rope that could slide within the tube.  This could transmit a pushing or pulling action by the administrator.  The Bowden Cable mechanism was invented by Irishman Ernest Bowden who was granted the patent in 1896.  This invention was reported by the Automotor Journal in 1897.  The invention of the cable has been popularly attributed to Sir Frank Bowden, founder and owner of the Raleigh Bicycle Company.  He started replacing the rigid rods used for brakes with a flexible wound cable in 1902.  The idea of a cable was particularly intended for bicycle brakes. It began with a stirrup, pulled up by a cable from a handlebar mounted lever.  The Bowden cable offered extra braking power.  The invention went through a series of adjustments and complaints.  The Bowden bicycle cable was fully realized when the free-wheel sprocket became a standard feature during 1899-1901.  Gear change application of the cable became evident in the Indian motorcycle in 1903 which ended up on the bicycles a well.  Today bicycle cables and end caps together create the braking and gear package on all styles of bicycles. EquipBike.com will send these out to you with free shipping.