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Old 08-25-09, 07:52 PM   #1
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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+ 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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