Thanks for the comments
It threw it down, all day
so we went shopping
With all that cleaning and that mirror finish polishing, aren't you afraid of getting it dirty and dulling the finish once out of the house?
Nope, it should be OK with dry / salt free use and fairly easy to maintain
great job with the rear mech cable. And thanks for the tip to use shimano noodles!
The noodle is actually off modern xtr but I presume all shimano ones are the same ?
I had bought avid ones as A) they have a nice ano black collar and B) the sealing boot is nicer than shimanos but they just don't want to bend evenly
I will use them on the Airborne though (the donor for the xtr noodle) as I can buy them at the approximate angles that I need for the brakes and rear mech (seat stay mounted)
The boot isn't used on the mech setup anyway and at least I can polish the ally bit