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    Junior Member jvsabas's Avatar
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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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    Senior Member BlazingPedals's Avatar
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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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    Junior Member jvsabas's Avatar
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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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    Senior Member osco53's Avatar
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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..
    Scott Spark 760, Tour Easy LE, Sun EZ-3 sx, Walmart Thruster :P

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    rebmeM roineS JanMM's Avatar
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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.
    RANS V3 (steel), RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer

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