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 Post subject: cable choices.....
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 1:18 pm 
BoTM | Gold | PoTM
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Location: Sunny Cornwall
Just wondering which cables people use for their retro builds? I don't really have the money or inclination to search for those NOS cables from BITD but want something that will look smart and do the job.


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 Post subject: Re: cable choices.....
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 1:21 pm 
Old School Hero
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Location: Jersey C.I
I always use to use the Gore-Tex/Teflon (can't remember the real name) on my bikes back in the '90s.


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 Post subject: Re: cable choices.....
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 4:14 pm 
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Joined: Wed May 18, 2011 9:26 pm
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Location: essex
Hi,

Does Anyone sell cable sets on here, needs about four sets...gears and brakes.

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 Post subject: Re: cable choices.....
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 4:29 pm 
King of the Skip Monkeys
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Location: Moomin Valley
I use Wilkinsons own. Perfectly capable. Asda do some to.


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 Post subject: Re: cable choices.....
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:20 pm 
Geoff Capes
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For Cable outer I get a load off the reel, from LBS :-).

Inner cable I get good ones from LBS or the 'net.

Its regular stuff I try to buy from my lbs so they get my money.

Forever messing about with components so it gets changed sufficiently often anyhow.


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 Post subject: Re: cable choices.....
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:24 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Sun Sep 05, 2010 12:48 pm
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Location: Isle of Wight
I've just put a pair of these Clarks Universal brake cables. http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stor ... yId_273959
on an old Raleigh Ace. They are 20% off if ordered on the web and can collect and do the job perfectly.
Ian


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 Post subject: Re: cable choices.....
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 7:30 pm 
retrobike rider / Gold Trader
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I always look for bargains and stock up on inners , I bought some clarks gear inners as below from on-one last year for £0.99 each in their sale , for outer I can't fault shimano ones that are pre lubed and have a good cap with seals at each end for £1.99 each 3 for a bike and usually 1/2 left over for the next ;) they even say shimano SIS on them as per the originals 8)


Outers http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... delID=1598
Inner http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=47689
Set http://on-one.co.uk/i/q/GCCLRUGK/clarks ... irt_shield

For brakes I just look for the best deal, I don't spend £££'s , CRC usually have offers and I get a lengh of outer and make sure it's brake specific with good internal seals and structure such as a pre lube, this makes so much difference than just plain old outers with no seals ....

Inners http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=47687
Outer http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=27660


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 Post subject: Re: cable choices.....
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:23 pm 
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Location: Kuranda DH circa 1991
i recently found some NOS Tioga Duro Cable 2.0mm brake cables for my 92 Zaskar. they are perfect for the M730 era XT, that what was supposed to be used, size wise. They make a big difference to the feel of the brakes also...they are much better than modern skinny cables.

for gear cable, i am more than happy with modern and the best stuff shimano makes. outers HAVE to be black though!!


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 Post subject: Re: cable choices.....
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:12 pm 
Old School Grand Master
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Location: Heathfield, East Sussex
If black cables are called for I use the Clarks 'XTR-style' sets, and pukka XTR if I want grey... 8)


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 Post subject: Re: cable choices.....
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:53 pm 
retrobike rider
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Location: In trubble'fsumthin r'uther....North Warwickshire
i buy outer for about £1 per meter off the net, and also the cables at about 50p each by buying in bulk.......that way things are cheap, i generally try and keep my retro stuff away from too much gloop, and i prefer the route of regular replacement rather than making an expensive set last past their best due to cost......the plastic and metal ferrules are generally reusable through several replacement cycles.......just out of interest though, i have a set of sealed cables on my modern full susser......i have thrown a world of mud and water at them over the past few years and they are as smooth as the day i first put them on.......


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