Fitting new cables

Discussion in 'Vintage and Classic Bikes' started by funk2monk, 11 Apr 2019.

  1. funk2monk

    funk2monk Active Member

    I'm just enquiring the best place to buy new cables to put onto old frames. I'm aware cables need to be cut and fitted but was just thinking is there anywhere that sells reels of the outer casings - which can be cut to length plus new inner cables with cable ends and crimps.
    Ideally looking for grey/white outer cables without too much wording on them.

    Thought I'd ask the experts rather than buying something I may regret.
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  2. derrick

    derrick The Glue that binds us together.
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  3. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

    Accra, Ghana
    You'll need a good cutter too. Park Tools stuff is good.
  4. carpenter

    carpenter Senior Member

    Wish I had bought some bulk cable outer when I first started doing up bikes :sad:
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  5. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

    Accra, Ghana
    Almost forgot you'll need some ferrules for the cable ends too.
    Grease the cables before inserting them.
  6. Tail End Charlie

    Tail End Charlie Guru

    And don't forget, when cutting the outers, have an old cable inside - that way you'll lessen the chance of squashing the outer.
  7. Are there outer cables more suitable for classic bikes as I find that the modern ones are a different diameter and will not fit cable stops especially with ferrules fitted ? I had a rather exciting experience once when applying a handful of brake to see the outer cable shedding the outer covering and slip through the lever ! :ohmy:
  8. OP

    funk2monk Active Member

    Brilliant idea. Oval outers are not ideal to insert cables into......... been there, done that!!!
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  9. further

    further Über Member

    A Dremel with a cutting disc every time for outers.
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  10. wonderdog

    wonderdog Well-Known Member

    Bankrupt Bike Parts will sell outer cable by the metre ... good source of the white ribbed stuff that seems ubiquitous on older English bikes. I think someone has already mentioned Clarks as a good brand for different colours. If you want bling, Bengal stuff comes up occasionally on evilBay.
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