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Old 06-01-21, 05:20 PM
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Cable End Caps PVC - Cheap?

Been using PVC end caps on my cables for years but I ran out of them an cannot find them anywhere. So on to the ChiCom Outlet...

Found Um... Here's the link. 200 for 14 USD when including the shipping, about 7 cents a piece. Not really a great buy but worth it for me.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/3282...73834c4donHNC5

Edit 2021-06-12: For you 3D Printer guys... https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2055100
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Old 06-01-21, 07:28 PM
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It's been decades since I saw plastic cable end "crimps". Do you find these to not slip/fall off cables in time? What about shift cables with their 1.2ishmm diameter? Have you tried heat shrink tubing? (I haven't) Andy
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Old 06-01-21, 07:40 PM
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i didn't even know there were plastic crimp/end caps

i've used heat shrink tube. works pretty good. subjectively, it looks cleaner
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These are just Plastic PVC end caps that fit well over 1.5mm cable. I found it easy to use these instead of the crimp on end caps cause I was changing out components on several of my bicycles as I upgraded. The crimp on caps look better but can deform the cable end and even leave it frayed. With these I just put a drop of super glue on the end of the cable and slide them on. Latter if I have to remove them, I just pull them off or use a razor blade to strip them. I don't remember where I originally found them. May have even been out of an old Allied Electronics catalogue.
Anyway... They work well and are proven for me.
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I would LOVE to have one of these...


I just buy the aluminium cable end crimps in bulk.
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Originally Posted by J.Higgins View Post
I would LOVE to have one of these...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnrRjtqJuC0&t=29s

I just buy the aluminium cable end crimps in bulk.
the drill and lighter trick worked better than I thought it would. And much cheaper than the aircraft tool. I use a “Soto” branded mini-torch that I bought for camping which takes standard Scripto lighters for fuel.


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Old 06-02-21, 07:34 AM
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Originally Posted by J.Higgins View Post
I would LOVE to have one of these...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnrRjtqJuC0&t=29s

I just buy the aluminium cable end crimps in bulk.
I use my MIG welder but this is much cleaner. Looking like it even leaves a slight taper, where as the MIG can leave a slight ball on the end I sometimes have to cut off to pull through housing.
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Originally Posted by easyupbug View Post
I use my MIG welder but this is much cleaner. Looking like it even leaves a slight taper, where as the MIG can leave a slight ball on the end I sometimes have to cut off to pull through housing.
Seriously? I never thought of that! I'll have to try it. For what its worth, I'll bet that the el-cheapo Harbor Freight spot welder could easily be modified to cut and fuse cable. I'm not about to buy one just to play with, but you never know when you'll see one at a yard sale for five bucks, right?
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Originally Posted by aggiegrads View Post
the drill and lighter trick worked...
WOW... How come I'm just learning about this method now????

Thanks!
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To be clear, the listing in bad English syntax did state it was a metal tube covered with vinyl.
waterproof cover vinyl End cap PVC rubber steel pole tube pipe protecting
I just go down to my LBS. Like a lot of things, these are stuff they give me free. Maybe I'm a likeable person and people want to give me free stuff. But I personally doubt that. <grin>

Though I doubt they'd be so free with them if I had 200 cables to replace instead of the couple every blue moon or two.
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Old 06-02-21, 04:05 PM
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I use old spoke nipples. They are a bit heavy.
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Old 06-03-21, 08:40 AM
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Originally Posted by J.Higgins View Post
Seriously? I never thought of that! I'll have to try it. For what its worth, I'll bet that the el-cheapo Harbor Freight spot welder could easily be modified to cut and fuse cable. I'm not about to buy one just to play with, but you never know when you'll see one at a yard sale for five bucks, right?
Works well and takes me all of a few seconds. That said I move enough of the growing kids/grandkids bikes and a few of mine to know that people when interested in a nice bike like to see the caps they are accustomed to seeing. For a sale I add cheapo Chinese caps I get for around 5 from the auction site. Kind of belt and braces but for less than a quarter the questions/concerns do not come up.
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Originally Posted by easyupbug View Post
...like to see the caps.
We have a spot in our Tractor Supply parking spot where on Sunday locals bring in thier "Vintage Anything" (tractors, cars, tools, machines, triks and bikes...). I took my simi restored PR10 one afternoon and was surprised at how many people zeroed in on it not having end caps on the cables.... Ha
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Originally Posted by zandoval View Post
We have a spot in our Tractor Supply parking spot where on Sunday locals bring in thier "Vintage Anything" (tractors, cars, tools, machines, triks and bikes...). I took my simi restored PR10 one afternoon and was surprised at how many people zeroed in on it not having end caps on the cables.... Ha
That's funny. I used to not worry about them. Usually only a wire or two of the cable would unwind. It's on the widow end so it's not like it's doing anything. Then I started getting a bunch of flak about from people I didn't even know. So I straightened up and got with the program. <grin>
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Old 06-04-21, 08:32 AM
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I hear you Iride01. I am a Fred for sure, don't care about how tall my socks are and I use a MTB helmet with a bill to keep as much sun off my face as possible but some conventions are reasonable.
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