Join Date: Oct 2004
Bikes: All 70s and 80s, only steel.
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Okay, here in NYC, they're $15. Add a coil of solder to that, plus tax, you're up to $20. A pack of shrink tubing, OTH, is about $4 here.
I took the advice of someone who said to get a soldering iron, with no experience with one, and after doing a couple of cable ends (and going and getting the solder, which also costs), I've looked at that thing for months wondering how I got convinced to waste my dough like that.
Other uses, perhaps. But if you're only buying the iron to do the cable ends on your brakes and for some theoretical 'other' uses, it's nothing more than clutter. I don't go get the hammer to swat flies, either.