I have. more than once. it's pretty common. from personal and other anecdotal evidence I'd say that brake cable is the most likely mechanical component to fail on a bike.yeah I have never had a brake cable suddenly snap or something.
And you never had your wireless device go funny due to power lines, railway crossings or base stations?yeah I have never had a brake cable suddenly snap or something.
more than the drivetrain? Where do these cables all snap? Couldn't imagine a multistrand cable snapping unless it was totally corroded away.I have. more than once. it's pretty common. from personal and other anecdotal evidence I'd say that brake cable is the most likely mechanical component to fail on a bike.
I read that Shimano had build some wireless/battery-less prototype when developing the DI2.On the downside - powering the individual sensors and servos takes some doing - and typically you don't want to use multiple batteries - so a single battery source is best - which automatically provides a cable. Therefore - not much gain - at least in cabling is gained by going full wireless - yet - until perhaps the grid is built into the frame itself and you could 'plug in' wherever you want.
At one point the team studied using wireless technology and a wheel hub that used friction instead of a battery to generate power but later tossed out those ideas.
Exactly the same thing happened to me yesterday!My shifter cables wear out after about a year (14,000km). They don't snap right away, but shifting becomes more imprecise. Eventually they snap. It's always inside the (Shimano) shifter, because this is where they get bent most.
I've replaced brake cables "just in case" after more mileage than that, but there was no visible damage anywhere. They are thicker than the shifter cables and get less bent, so they are bound to last much longer, which is reassuring.