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Brass fishing leader sleeve for 3 speed cable end?

Old 06-20-12, 04:26 AM
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Brass fishing leader sleeve for 3 speed cable end?

I happily rode my just tuned up 1961 Royce Union to work a couple of days ago. Everything was working perfectly, even the lights. Much to my dismay, I experienced a catastrophic single speed conversion during my return voyage when the cable separated from its crimp. My mechanic is standing ready for the repair. I purchased a replacement cable "kit", but he thinks it will look awful on the bicycle and think a new crimp end is all we need. Will a brass fishing leader sleeve work? If so, is there a specific size I should look for? This is fly fishing heaven and there is a shop in a neighboring town.

Why does it seem so difficult to find these ends? Or, am I looking for solutions in all the wrong places? As always, I appreciate all of your help.
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I'm assuming you mean on the shifter end of the cable?
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Originally Posted by Mos6502
I'm assuming you mean on the shifter end of the cable?
No, the cable came loose at the hub end. Is this a lost cause?
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The size you need is a #3. I paid a couple of bucks for a package of 24 at Wal Mart.
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Originally Posted by DaytonaMike
The size you need is a #3. I paid a couple of bucks for a package of 24 at Wal Mart.
+1 I have built cables using #3 fishing leaders. They work very well. There is a tutorial on building SA cables on the forums somewhere.
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Originally Posted by DaytonaMike
The size you need is a #3. I paid a couple of bucks for a package of 24 at Wal Mart.
That's a great idea. I make mine out of 3/32 brass tube I get from hobby shops but it isn't something I usually carry with me for an 'on the road' repair.
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I used No 3 single barrel fishing leaders from AFW (American Fishing Wire) to rebuild my 3-speed cables, together with some Shimano indexed housing and skinny black shrink wrap to conceal the ss cable. It has worked out great - but you really have to crimp the leader securely and without flattening it, or it won't fit inside the adjuster.

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Couldn't you crimp then solder the brass fitting for a good tight fit, I have a cable making kit for small engine repair and have made tons of custom cables for motorcycles & bicycles and this is what is done to secure the cable ends.


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Originally Posted by auchencrow
I used No 3 single barrel fishing leaders from AFW (American Fishing Wire) to rebuild my 3-speed cables, together with some Shimano indexed housing and skinny black shrink wrap to conceal the ss cable. It has worked out great - but you really have to crimp the leader securely and without flattening it, or it won't fit inside the adjuster.
A proper crimping tool helps with this:

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Many, many thanks! My husband keeps telling me I need to be 10% smarter than the equipment I'm dealing with and I'm not meeting that mark. You guys are making me look really smart. I'm off to the fishing store tomorrow and will deliver the goods to my very patient mechanic. He, my mechanic, hates to work on dirty bikes and I am always willing to detail those for him. It takes a villiage..........

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TThose Bell Systems crimpers are always on ebay and they're a great deal. The tool is much smaller than it looks and will typically cost somewhere around $10-$15 shipped. There are two sizes; you want the smaller one for gear cable ends but the bigger one is equally useful for putting ends on brake cables for old Raleigh and similar brakes. Spoke nipples!
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