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    Mettle to the Pedals Dewbert's Avatar
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    Road bike repair starter kit? (nipples, crimp ends, etc.)

    As I'm learning to work on my bike, I find myself in need of some items like: spoke nipples, cable crimp ends, new cables and the like. (I have tools, I just need supplies.)

    Is there an on-line source to buy some sort of starter kit for a road bike? Or, if not, where is the best place to buy some of those supplies?

    I'd love to buy them as needed from my LBS, but it's almost an hour drive each way and I'd like to have some of those things on hand.

    Thanks in advance!
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    I'll put in a plug for LooseScrews.com, because they are such great people and it's a small business that will give you personal attention and great customer service. Great prices on many things too. They sell the slick die-drawn derailleur cable, which is so smooooooth and nice for shifting. They have cable ends, housing & ferrules, and just about any small part you can think of, but not spokes and nipples. For those, I highly recommend Nashbar as having the best price for Wheelsmith double-butted spokes and brass nipples.
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    Mettle to the Pedals Dewbert's Avatar
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    2008 Giant FCR3 (kitted up for touring)
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    2005 Fuji MTB (for the snowy and muddy days)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dewbert
    As I'm learning to work on my bike, I find myself in need of some items like: spoke nipples, cable crimp ends, new cables and the like. (I have tools, I just need supplies.)

    Is there an on-line source to buy some sort of starter kit for a road bike? Or, if not, where is the best place to buy some of those supplies?

    I'd love to buy them as needed from my LBS, but it's almost an hour drive each way and I'd like to have some of those things on hand.
    We give them away, but you would need to pay shipping/handling if you aren't ordering anything else...

    http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/cables.html#ferrules

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    Sorry SB, but another vote from www.loosescrews.com .
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    http://www.biketoolsetc.com/ also has the things you like and they're also small-scale, user-friendly. My recent shipment from Harris was quite nice, and I look forward to ordering from them again.

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