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Old 07-14-18, 02:05 PM
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What is this part called?

I need help identifying a tiny part on my bike as it has fallen off so I need to replace it. It's a tiny nipple that is crimped on to the bare ends of the gear cables.



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Old 07-14-18, 02:08 PM
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It's called a cable crimp, or end cap.

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Old 07-14-18, 02:15 PM
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I don't even use those.
I just use an inch or two of heatshrink tubing on the ends of cables.
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Old 07-14-18, 02:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
I don't even use those.
I just use an inch or two of heatshrink tubing on the ends of cables.
I like your style, Shimagnolo. I've thought about tinning the ends of my cables with solder.
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Old 07-14-18, 02:34 PM
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Originally Posted by pass the peas View Post
I like your style, Shimagnolo. I've thought about tinning the ends of my cables with solder.
I used to tin the ends a couple decades back when cables were galvanized.
But my efforts to do the same with modern stainless cable were hopeless.
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Old 07-14-18, 03:10 PM
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Thanks all, I found some on eBay.
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Old 07-14-18, 04:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
I used to tin the ends a couple decades back when cables were galvanized.
But my efforts to do the same with modern stainless cable were hopeless.
Good to know. I've got lots of shrink tubing and a bic. I'm set. Sorry for the thread derail, OP.
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Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
I used to tin the ends a couple decades back when cables were galvanized.
But my efforts to do the same with modern stainless cable were hopeless.
You can use silver solder to tin stainless cable
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Old 07-14-18, 05:15 PM
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Originally Posted by alcjphil View Post
You can use silver solder to tin stainless cable
Sometimes that does not stick.

I've used a small splitshot & tinned over it.
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CA glue works well
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Originally Posted by Hoopdriver View Post
CA glue works well
Whats ca glue?
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Originally Posted by zebede View Post
Whats ca glue?
More commonly called superglue.
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Originally Posted by zebede View Post
Whats ca glue?
Cyanoacrylate = Super Glue.

I used to solder, but CA is easy and effective
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Cheez! The local bike shop will probably give you a handful of cable crimps for a quarter. Why all this extra work with solder, glue, etc.?
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Originally Posted by pass the peas View Post
I like your style, Shimagnolo. I've thought about tinning the ends of my cables with solder.

I do that to the cable, before I cut it.. it's a bit tricky with stainless steel cables..
plain Zn Treated steel easier .. then I pull it back out and coat the wire with grease..

before calling it done..

Soldered end makes pulling regreasing and putting it back in.
for maintenance.. easier, also ..



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Old 07-15-18, 11:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Troul View Post
Sometimes that does not stick.

I've used a small splitshot & tinned over it.
It's a cheap blend if it doesn't stick OR it hasn't been degreased/fluxed. It isn't worth going through that kind of trouble, tbh. In almost any case where removing the cable end would be necessary, you might as well replace the cable if it's too short to re-clamp.
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Originally Posted by Papa Tom View Post
Cheez! The local bike shop will probably give you a handful of cable crimps for a quarter. Why all this extra work with solder, glue, etc.?
I can glue four cable ends a lot faster and cheaper than you can crimp them.

And when you need to pull the cables, the ends aren't all bent up.
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Originally Posted by wschruba View Post
It's a cheap blend if it doesn't stick OR it hasn't been degreased/fluxed. It isn't worth going through that kind of trouble, tbh. In almost any case where removing the cable end would be necessary, you might as well replace the cable if it's too short to re-clamp.
While I do agree, it does serve more then just for being repurposed. Preventing the fray lessens the likelihood it'll prick the fingers/leg should it come unwantedly contacted with or to address an adjustment.
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