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Shift cables for vintage Huret shifters?

Old 10-22-09, 03:20 PM
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Shift cables for vintage Huret shifters?

Anyone know of a stainless derailleur cable with the unique disk end that fits Huret shift levers?
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Try this:

https://www.ravx.com/2009_product_pag...eur_cable.html

Back in the day (last time I worked in a shop was mid-80s) all the cables were dual ended. Not so much today - I think about everything uses barrel end instead of disk end. Maybe SRAM twist uses disk end but I don't remember.

I found that source by doing a google search "universal derailleur cable stainless". There were a ton of results.

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I stock the basic french cables at my shop... there is not much call for them but when there is I like to have them and I also have a few Cyclo shifters that need them.

There are still suppliers out there that offer a double ended french / standard cable end (you snip off the end you don't need).

SRAM shifters use barrel ended cables and many old Simplex and Sachs shifters need a barrel that is just a little smaller than the standard cable end or have to have the shifter machined a little to make it universally compatible.
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About 15 seconds with a disc sander makes those ends fit Simplex shifters perfectly.
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I have a bunch of vintage "Ejac" cables with Huret fitting on one end and Simplex on the other. They're long enough for tandem use, if that's important to you. If you can't source some cables locally, shoot me a PM and we can work something out.

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Originally Posted by Dirtdrop View Post
About 15 seconds with a disc sander makes those ends fit Simplex shifters perfectly.
+1 The shop I work at seldom has the double ended ones in stock. A little time on the grinding wheel with a normal shift cable and they fit perfectly.
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WalMart sells the double ended for 4.88/set, shifter and brake cables. Use the brake cables.
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Originally Posted by Dirtdrop View Post
About 15 seconds with a disc sander makes those ends fit Simplex shifters perfectly.
And that too.
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Is teh fit the same for Huret levers and Simplex? I have Huret levers.

Grinding wheel? I could just cut down the barrel ends on my Shimano stainless shift cables and have them work fine on the Huret system. I can probably do that with my Dremel tool.

What about old Schwinn cables? Were they stainless?
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Originally Posted by love2pedal.com View Post
Try this:

https://www.ravx.com/2009_product_pag...eur_cable.html

Back in the day (last time I worked in a shop was mid-80s) all the cables were dual ended. Not so much today - I think about everything uses barrel end instead of disk end. Maybe SRAM twist uses disk end but I don't remember.

I found that source by doing a google search "universal derailleur cable stainless". There were a ton of results.

Dan
Duhhh, use google! Thank you!
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A disc sander, file or grinder does the trick when in a pinch. There are tons of old schwinns with those shifters that require the lollipop style end.
Otherwise, your option is to use the more common galvanized cables that have been used for years and years until recently, when industry types decided to upspec the lowly shift and derailleur cable so it doesn't rust when on a bike and left outside for 10 years.
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A good solution to preventing rust on non stainless cables is to wipe them down with a little light oil.
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Originally Posted by Road Fan View Post
Is teh fit the same for Huret levers and Simplex? I have Huret levers.
It depends on the lever. Most Simplex levers used a barrel end, but slightly smaller than the Japanese and Campagnolo cable ends. Some Huret levers also used a Simplex-type barrel. Others, especially stem-mounted levers, used a disc end.
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Loosescrews sells zinc coated cables for $1/pc, 50 for $40.

I'll split a bag of 50 with you if you want.
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Loosescrews sells zinc coated cables for $1/pc, 50 for $40.

I'll split a bag of 50 with you if you want.
OFG, I'm not sure those will help. Here's the story. I've been "upgrading" my blue Trek with Huret front mech and shift levers, to go with the Duopar I'm using in the back. I got a really nice light Challenger-like front derailleur, and I'm using a lower-grade set of levers, probably harking back to the Allvit era. It's in near-new condition, though and moves very smoothly. It's a bit heavier than the Shimano 600 DT shifters I took off. With the Shimano shifter and its stainless cables, the Duopar would allow a very reliable shift from 14 to 13 (smalled two rear sprockets). I installed the Huret front with the Shimano shifters and fine-tuned all the travel limits, and all was well. I swapped the Shimano for the Huret levers with some of the NOS EJAC cables that Harris has and are ubiquitous on the Bay. These look galvanized, and I can't tell if there is a zinc plating. Everything works except that the easy shift from 14 tooth to 13 tooth has become a thing of the past. The Duopar is not jigging over to teh outboard travel limit. I assume it has to do with stiffness and perhaps friction in the ETAC cable. I'd like to sub it out with a stainless cable that will fit the Huret lever, with the lollipop end.

Matt suggested I may have to grind my own- not the worst suggestion!

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Grinding is really the way to go. I used to buy the zinc ones for the flippers, lots of old Schwinn shifters, etc., but it's really easier to just alter a normal shift cable.
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Dremel here I come!
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I like to hit them with a hammer till they fit. Less tools and no safety glasses. relieves some of the tension caused by all of the other things I'd like to hit with a hammer too.
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