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    Reason #37 to maintain your cables

    As I was unfolding my bike this afternoon, I stabbed myself in the palm of my hand with a frayed bit of the brake cable, leaving a couple of little metal splinters behind.

    Of course gloves would have helped too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msincredible View Post
    As I was unfolding my bike this afternoon, I stabbed myself in the palm of my hand with a frayed bit of the brake cable, leaving a couple of little metal splinters behind.

    Of course gloves would have helped too.
    Or a butler to unfold your bike for you...

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    If you find that bike butler, can you give me the phone number please? I can usually cope with the unfolding, but the folding/packing has proved something of a challenge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msincredible View Post
    As I was unfolding my bike this afternoon, I stabbed myself in the palm of my hand with a frayed bit of the brake cable, leaving a couple of little metal splinters behind.
    I've started soldering the cable ends instead of using caps. Although this doesn't help when the cable frays in the middle; but that IS a sign to change the cables in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by invisiblehand View Post
    I've started soldering the cable ends instead of using caps. Although this doesn't help when the cable frays in the middle; but that IS a sign to change the cables in a hurry.
    I agree with this assessment!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by invisiblehand View Post
    I've started soldering the cable ends instead of using caps. Although this doesn't help when the cable frays in the middle; but that IS a sign to change the cables in a hurry.
    It was a couple of inches from the end, when I get home I'm going to buy new cables, maybe a soldering iron too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msincredible View Post
    It was a couple of inches from the end, when I get home I'm going to buy new cables, maybe a soldering iron too.
    So it was just where the screw clamped onto the cable?

    The nice thing about soldering at the end is that it makes greasing the cables -- and routing them in general -- much easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by invisiblehand View Post
    So it was just where the screw clamped onto the cable?
    It's right next to the screw on the front brake.

    I also have fraying on the derailleur cable where it goes into the shifter.

    The bike takes a beating every time I travel, so I'm not all that surprised.

    Quote Originally Posted by invisiblehand View Post
    The nice thing about soldering at the end is that it makes greasing the cables -- and routing them in general -- much easier.
    I like the sound of that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by invisiblehand View Post
    I've started soldering the cable ends instead of using caps. Although this doesn't help when the cable frays in the middle; but that IS a sign to change the cables in a hurry.
    + 1! Nothing beats a soldered cable end.

    Ms Incredible, I think it is time for a cable change

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    Quote Originally Posted by bykerouac View Post
    + 1! Nothing beats a soldered cable end.
    I too solder my cable ends. But a TIG welded cable end definitely beats it for looks and coolness factor. Now if I only had one...

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    Haha, we have a welder but no soldering iron. I think I'd feel safer just soldering it though.
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    Make sure the soldering iron is strong (hot) enough to deal with the dimetions of the cable.

    Some times I use super glue instead. Also much better than nothing (or just the cap).
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