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Old 02-24-14, 03:01 PM   #26
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I use Gorilla superglue in 15g container. I store it upside down and get plenty of use, haven't thrown any away yet.
Been there It did not dry as quickly and dried in the container, I guess, I did not store it right.
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Use sharper cutters and the cables will stay together.

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I need to re-route the cables on my bike. The cables are good, but as I cut off the cable cup
You don't need to cut off the cap. Just squeeze it at 90 degrees to the crimp direction. That'll preserve the cable length. If you're lazy (too far to walk from your repair stand to tool chest with caps) and/or cheap you can even re-use the one you just removed.
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Buy one!

Alligator Welding Machine



Cut the inner wire within 3 seconds.
It will naturally form a solid end which prevent split wire happened. No need
to install the end caps or cable bolt after cutting.
With different kinds of setting mode, operator can cut stainless wire or steel
wire into same high-quality wire end.
Endurable fans inside which greatly improve the operation waiting-time.
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Old 02-24-14, 10:41 PM   #29
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Buy one!

Alligator Welding Machine



Cut the inner wire within 3 seconds.
It will naturally form a solid end which prevent split wire happened. No need
to install the end caps or cable bolt after cutting.
With different kinds of setting mode, operator can cut stainless wire or steel
wire into same high-quality wire end.
Endurable fans inside which greatly improve the operation waiting-time.
Sounds great! But where to get this product? On their website, they have no mainland US or Canadian Distributor, only a distributor in Puerto Rico is listed and no prices!
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I can agree about the torque wrench, but tension meters are indispensible for scratch builds of wheels. Any approximate method of setting spoke tension is just a recipe for short-lived spokes. Very few of us have the sensory qualifications to build wheels by tone or feel.
Haven't felt the need for a tension meter in 20 years of building wheels (not professionally), and the 30 or so wheels built in that time have had exactly one broken spoke, which was the result of trying to cure a bent (long after the build) rim by truing rather than just replacing the now-scrap rim. BTW, the existing spokes worked fine with the replacement rim, except for the broken one.
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