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Old 04-13-16, 06:14 PM
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Where to buy mundane parts for nice old bike?

Greetings ... I'd like to know where I can obtain replacement shift cables, brake cables and housings and so on that would fit an old (1983 Nishiki) equipped with Suntour components. I realize this is a newb-type question (well, I am) but all of the replacement parts I've seen online or in LBS are for newer components. Maybe someday I'll upgrade to 10 or 11-speed just to have more convenient shifting but for now I'd like to see how nicely this bike (Medalist) can shift with the old components. Thanks ...
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Those are generic items.
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LBS (local bike shop) is a good choice. Shift and brake cables haven't changed much (other than materials and coatings) so you can use the new stuff on your bike (only thing to make sure of is having the right ends on the brake cables). If you want to go cheap, the Bell cable set runs $7 or so and has everything to do the job.
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Niagara Bike but you'll have to pay shipping. I'd plan on it taking about a week but I've gotten parts in as little as 3 days with ordinary ground shipping.
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Local bike shop, Walmart, Amazon, Niagara.
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REI was just having a sale on Brake Housing, Brake Cables, and brake and shift cable sets.

$25 should get you a complete set of brake cables (housing, inners, and ends), and a complete set of shift cables (housing, inners, and ends).
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Originally Posted by dfrench52 View Post
Greetings ... I'd like to know where I can obtain replacement shift cables
New shift cables and housings should work fine as replacements. Actually, the newer housings should reduce the amount of play in the cable, having very little effect besides making it work smoother.

brake cables
Modern brake cables and housings should be basically identical as replacements.

but all of the replacement parts I've seen online or in LBS are for newer components.

Have you specifically searched for 5/6/7-speed stuff? Shimano still makes freewheels and such new that would serve as drop-in replacements for what you have, and they're not particularly pricey. Lots of modern 8 (or less) speed derailleurs would work just fine should one of your derailleurs fail, not to mention the existence of an enormous vintage used market on ebay. 8 (or less) speed chains should work fine on your setup. If your bottom bracket explodes, Shimano makes some sealed BBs that would work very well as direct replacements. Etc.
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Old 04-14-16, 04:56 AM
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Thanks ... for sure I have noticed the change in materials. This caused me to wonder if the cable thickness would be the same or if I'd have trouble getting the cable clamped securely at the dérailleurs. I was told that some of the new cables are pretty slick and could be difficult to clamp. Will check out the LBS. Walmart (as another member suggests) is always my first choice but our local Walmart isn't well-stocked in their bike department.
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I have checked Ebay, thanks. Lots of stuff there but right now I'm not too sure what will fit. Sheldon Brown's website has a ton of information, which has been a real help. But I need to get comfortable with this again before I can order online. Thanks for all of your suggestions!

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Originally Posted by RoadGuy View Post
REI was just having a sale on Brake Housing, Brake Cables, and brake and shift cable sets.

$25 should get you a complete set of brake cables (housing, inners, and ends), and a complete set of shift cables (housing, inners, and ends).

Huh. Never thought of REI. We have one close by. Thanks, Dave
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Originally Posted by Bill Kapaun View Post
Those are generic items.
Well, good to know. (Age and experience have taught me never to assume anything, even something as simple as this.) Thanks, Dave
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Originally Posted by dfrench52 View Post
Well, good to know. (Age and experience have taught me never to assume anything, even something as simple as this.) Thanks, Dave
By and large you can get most of what you need pretty readily. You might want to post some pics of the bike with any questions on the C&V forum.
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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
By and large you can get most of what you need pretty readily. You might want to post some pics of the bike with any questions on the C&V forum.
I thought about cross-posting to the C&V forum ... Thanks for the suggestion.
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Hopefully one of your LBS values building relationships and will be helpful in talking you through your options on seeing your bike. If you ride a lot you are going to need advise and support for an older bike and a good shop can be very helpful. On line shopping and big box stores can be the cheapest route but require you to know just what you need.
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If there is a bike co-op in your area they can help with sourcing older harder to find parts that the LBS might not be able to get.

As posted before, the parts you asked for are normal service items and almost any shop selling bicycle parts will have them.

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Budget stuff many people use on old bikes. As good or better than original equipment.

Index shifting - https://www.amazon.com/Pitcrew-600-In.../dp/B01BLXZY28

Friction shifting - Bell Sports 7015913 PITCREW 500 CABLESET Black - Walmart.com
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