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    Cleaning up wahrs

    As my Cannondale f700 conversion comes together, I'm trying to think about what to do with all the extra bits of cable. I have a can of zip ties, but wondering if there is something elegant. Wrap the seat tube in semi rigid plastic to build a conduit of sorts? Then wrap the whole frame for a finished look? I was thinking teak... There's some pretty cool architectural film out there. I've done phones and laptops, a wood wrapped bike would be cheaper than a Renovo.

    Back to wiring. Just use zip ties and tape? Other options?

    #2
    Cable wraps can look very nice. Also seen some folks use some kinda flexible conduit though that's a bit overkill for my tastes the look can be impressive.

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      #3
      This is a very good point you raise marcva. The cable loom/ excess cable has always been the archillies heal of conversion projects in my opinion. Over the past year I’ve re-routed my looms on a few occasions in an attempt to clean the bikes up and make them more aesthetically pleasing. I’ve been using that woven mesh stuff for the lower parts plus Lots of cable ties ( and self amalgamating tape) even considered cutting cables and attempting to reterminate them. I’d be keen to hear about you susgested flex conduit or wrap solution. Could you post a pic or two if you go down that path. I love to see how it looks.

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        #4
        IMO the spiral wrap like the type that comes on the BBSHD is the easiest to work with.
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        This is from monoprice (great supplier for cheap generic stuff like usb and hdmi cables) and costs like $3. https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=7028

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        The woven stuff has a tendency to sorta un-weave itself over time. It helps to hit it with a lighter at the cut ends so it's not so frayed but still not exactly ideal. It does look cool but I'm not sure how well it holds up. That said when I need something for a small section I usually go with the weave. I think our shop primarily uses this type as well.

        This is 1/2" black flexible conduit. You can also find 1" though suppliers seem to call it split conduit for some reason

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        I have not tried it but there is a split weave. Would probably look pretty cool and probably be a lot more durable than the common loose weave. This is 3/4"
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          #5
          Hi Paxtana. Thanks for that. I’m not familiar with the last product. I’ll have to have a think about that. I perhaps should do a search first, but has there ever been a thread on cable routing and retention. It is a big component of a build project, I’ve seen one or two shockers on otherwise great builds. Also appreciate Bafangs dilemma trying to produce a generic loom to fit all applications.

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            #6
            I don't recall any threads specifically on ebike cable management. I agree there's a lot you can do different with regards to that.

            If you happen to use reddit maybe check out the cable management subreddit for other ideas. Those guys elevate this sort of thing to an art form

            https://www.reddit.com/r/cableporn/

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              #7
              I use the self-adhering silicone tape with a short heatshrink on the very end to prevent it from separating at the very end. I have a black frame and with the black tape it's very clean. Then again I'm not looking for particularly "clean" look but have a compulsion to ensure my wiring is properly dressed...

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                #8
                Heat shrink sounds interesting. I'm wondering if it is possible to fabricate a teardrop shaped plastic foil for the seat tube to capture all of the major battery cables. It could even be spray painted to match a frame color within reason. More basic wraps could be used for speed sensors, etc . It's the clump of wires running from the motor to the battery mount that are the messiest, so a seat tube foil might be an 80/20 solution. There may be a secondary wrap at the head tube where the other clump of wires is....Time to start googling or just to to Michaels for some Arts and Crafts supplies for a mockup. i think they have sheet plastic poster backing to tinker with. More when I get a little time (this weekend?)





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