Looking through my performance, nashbar etc.... Im having a hard time finding what to order. I want cable housing, brake and shifter cables - for maybe 3-4 bikes. Not that Im going to use the stuff right away, but there are times, a buddy needs new lines, or I want to switch out. Seems like a lot of money going through the shop for this stuff, one bike at a time. Can I order somewhere - where I know what to order, and get in a small bulk batch?
'''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
Try Bike Tools Etc. (www.biketoolsetc.com) They have bulk cable housing and cables of all types. They even have shift cables with a Shimano STI fitting on one end and a Campy Ergo fitting on the other. Their prices are good and the service excellent.
BTW, their catalog of bike tools is nearly as useful as a good service manual. There are tools for every imaginable bike repair and great descriptions and tips.
Another good source is The Third Hand /Loose Screws (www.loosescrews.com). They tend to specialize in obsolete and unusual parts.
Any good LBS should be willing to sell you housing by the foot. That's how I buy my housing (usually about 15' at a time). They may give you the ferrules/cable ends to go along with it.
I also buy the cheapo Quality house-brand cables, and they honestly work great and last all year. On a tip from a friend, I started buying the non-stainless steel cables b/c you can solder the ends (use acid-core solder). It makes for a clean look, and you can actually remove/reinsert the cables if you want (I sometimes switch between 2 different bars (complete with shifters/brake levers) on my bike).
Some of you may ridicule me for this, but I like using the $4.25 Bell-branded cable pack from Walmart. It comes with cables and housing for brakes and shifters, ferrules, and cable crimps. These cables probably shift several hundred milliseconds slower, but I'm too insensitive to notice and too cheap to care.