Tensioning rear derailer cable drags cable outer into internally routed road bike frame?
By - Seachicken
> the short nosed cap which I assume is supposed to wedge into the hole in the chainstay
See that raised ridge on the top of the cable stop? I drew a line along it here: https://i.imgur.com/LD2IvfV.png. That fits [a groove inside the shift lever](https://i.imgur.com/5A6GR1g.png), under the hoods.
If the housing can pass through the holes in the frame, it means you're meant to run full-length housing all the way from the lever down to the derailleur. No cable stops along the way.
Thanks for responding. Just one question though, there's an external cable guide under the bottom bracket which doesn't seem to have the clearance to hold a housing (picture below).
Should the housing stretch down the chainstay and stop at this point?
Ahh, no, not full-length housing in this case, I'm sorry, it looks like you're missing a special stop for the chainstay. What model/year is it?
It's an Eastway Emitter r3. UK brand that was bought out by Wiggle and now discontinued. I have a sinking feeling that the special stop has come loose and is now wedged in the chainstay. Might have to take it to an LBS and see if they have a creative solution? Would hate to ditch an otherwise excellent frame over such a small defect.
> Would hate to ditch an otherwise excellent frame over such a small defect.
No way, don't worry about it. Even if you can't find a replacement stop, you can just use [a barrel adjuster](https://jagwire.com/products/small-parts/frame-mounted-adjusting-barrel) as a workaround instead, they're cheap and you can find them anywhere.
Legend! I've been stressing because the aforementioned bb cable guide had been torn through by a frayed cable and is now being held together by two part epoxy. Spare parts for this frame are hard to come by.
All right, I managed to find a photo of the rear-end of this bike as it came originally. [Here's what you're missing](https://i.imgur.com/8FoEO3j.png), there should be a stop there with a wider flange that rests against the edges of the hole in the chainstay.
Good detective work! Thanks for giving me something to work with.