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Little clear rubber balls for cables to protect paint???

Old 10-17-13, 03:09 PM
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Little clear rubber balls for cables to protect paint???

You know those little rubber balls (about 3mm diameter) with a hole through which cables pass that protect frame paint from scratching? You have all seen them.

What is the proper name for these, and where can I buy them?

Thank you for your help.
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Old 10-17-13, 03:13 PM
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cable donuts:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/like/290995737347?lpid=82
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I think they are called cable frame spacers.

They are only needed along the top tube, and even then they are optional.
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I've always thought they are for noise control, not paint protection.
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Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
I've always thought they are for noise control, not paint protection.
That too.

I don't care for them, but if I needed some I would do a home-made version using rubber cement or bubblegum.
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I have never had frame damage from contact with a straight run of inner cable. Only from the outer cable along the head tube due to turning the front wheel to the extreme so the cable rubs. The donuts have to be mainly for sound suppression, and I have also never observed a problem with cable noise against the frame. Wait, I misspoke. The only time was on a break-apart bike where the bulky quick cable disconnects banged against the frame. How could cable under tension touch the frame unless it were misrouted? The donuts are a solution without a problem IMO. I just throw them away when I get around to it.

OP, PM me if you want and I will happily mail you all you can use, but it is a waste of time and effort.
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Those cable donuts, in my experience, don't work very well. After a while, because the donut gets moved around the hole starts to enlarge and the donut starts sliding down the cables.
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Originally Posted by mobi View Post
What is the proper name for these, and where can I buy them?
You're going to need the correct collective noun for them as well. If pitch up at your LBS and ask for an exuberance of cable donuts then you're going to look a fool.
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