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cables and casingsdavidl
Aug 24, 2001 4:08 AM
Any recommendations for tools to cut the casings for brake and shift cables? What's the best tool available at, say, Home Depot or Ace Hardware ? Thanks!
For casing - Rotory tool (ie Dremel)TFerguson
Aug 24, 2001 6:42 AM
For the casing, small rotory tool with a fine cutting wheel works great. Smooth cut, no crushing, no melting of the inner liner.

For the inner cable, I use a Park cutter.

Terry
Shimano cable cutters.Spoke Wrench
Aug 24, 2001 6:43 AM
Cut stranded cables nice and clean as long as you can keep the other clowns in the shop from using them to cut things like spokes. They have a little place you can use to squeeze cable housing back into round after cutting it. They are way better than anything else I've used (including Park), but they're not cheap.
Awlgrzy mnky
Aug 24, 2001 8:39 AM
Use an awl inserted in the cut end to get things back to round and open up the plastic inner sleave. I have a supe old pair of Shimano cutters that work better than my new Park cutters.
Scrap cable...Akirasho
Aug 24, 2001 2:21 PM
when cutting housings with a cutoff wheel , I try to place a bit of scrap cable inside... keeps the housing from deforming too much and minimizes cleanup afterwards.

Be the bike.
Park cable cutter sucks!JohnG
Aug 24, 2001 9:04 PM
My Park cable cutter is the biggest POS tool I've got. It will cut cables OK but housings are another thing.

YMMV
JohnG
Yupgrzy mnky
Aug 27, 2001 8:07 AM
I kinda wondered why it was so "economical" in terms of price - another example of what you pay for is what you get.

My old el cheapo Suntour cutter bought circa 1976 out performs the Park unit and has never been near a sharpening stone. It's also lighter and smaller making it easier to get it into tight places for the final cut and cap crimp.
Where can you get end caps? Should I just ask at an LBS? Theybill
Aug 27, 2001 12:29 PM
are not in anyone's catalogue.
Where can you get end caps? Should I just ask at an LBS? TheySpoke Wrench
Aug 27, 2001 12:50 PM
Yeah, I think most any shop will give you a few. You'll gain style points if you buy a pair of socks or something while you're there.

I used to solder all my cable ends. Once you learn to do a neat job, you can even pull them back through the cable housing. Takes a bit longer, but I don't charge myself for labor. Doesn't work with stainless steel cables though.
Now, soldering I can do. But I've never heard that there is abill
Aug 27, 2001 1:25 PM
problem with stainless steel (although I can't say I've ever tried it). I've got pretty good quality high-silver content solder for electrical purposes that seems to stick pretty well to whatever. What happens with stainless? And how do I know whether my cables are stainless (I'm using campy)?
Solderinggrzy mnky
Aug 27, 2001 1:31 PM
Solder won't get pulled up and into the cable. If you have this problem then you'll know your cables are SS. You could check the cable specs.

Used to solder exclusively, but now just use it for special occasions (i.e. my bike, not my buds). It's a bit tedious trying to get the larger diameter brake cables up to temp. Still it looks neater.

If you're careful you can actually reuse the cable caps. Just squeeze them gently 90 degrees from the way they were squished on and lightly pull to remove while squeezing. You save at least $0.05 everytime, but I mostly do it when I don't have any new ones on hand.
SolderingBirddog
Aug 27, 2001 7:27 PM
Grzy will probably object, but I sometimes use small electrical butt connectors cut in half. I only do it when I can't find the "mouse condoms". They are so small they always get lost, or else the mice are stealing them.
Nahgrzy mnky
Aug 28, 2001 8:39 AM
There are far too many fornicating mice running around these days - yours must have holes in them. ;-)
Also at BikePartsUSA.com in pkgs of 100 (nm)TFerguson
Aug 28, 2001 8:22 AM
They sell them on Ebay occasionally.TFerguson
Aug 28, 2001 7:42 AM
I bought a hundred of various colors for a couple of bucks