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Old 07-20-13, 03:39 PM   #1
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Bike E CT tune up

My wife is asking me to get her old Bike E CT rideable again. Tires look good but the chain is rusted. I figured I might as well do a full tune-up and replace the cables. The rear der cable appears long-ish, the chain definitely is. Are standard shift cables long enough and do I just join two chains with a couple of powerlinks or is there a source for recumbent specific bike parts? Thanks.
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Old 07-20-13, 07:57 PM   #2
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I just join chains together with Quik-Links and cut the last chain to end up with the right length. Hostelshoppe, I think, sells recumbent-length chains but it's cheaper to use regular chains, if you can find them on sale. I *always* buy tandem-length cables, that way they're always long enough.
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BlazingPedals, thanks for pointing me to Hostelshoppe. The site is what I was looking for, my problem is solved.
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IMO Teflon coated cables make a noticeable difference with our longer cable runs,, To me, well worth the few extra dollars..
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Hostel Shoppe undoubtedly has cables to fit Bike E.
Another source with large variety of cables: http://www.bikeman.com/Cables.html.
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