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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:39 am 
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So when you buy a new length of cable it comes beautifully coiled up. I then cut off the lengths that need, usually leaving a piece that is long enough that I think I might need it some day. Same goes for the old bits I'm replacing.

Now I've got hundreds of off-cuts that I keep in an old plastic bag. They pierce their way out, launch themselves across the shed if coiled up. I can never find a useful one again.

Does anyone have a system for storing cable outers? Should I throw the lot away and start again?


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:41 am 
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Coil up then wack some insulting tape round the end when it joins the coil , hang on a nail tadaaaaa !


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:07 am 
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I've got an old pringles tube that I keep ones that are up to a foot long (300mm) in. Only keep 5 or 6 of each (brake & gear) and throw the shortest away. Any longer then I'll coil them up, again only keep 5 or 6, and hang them on a couple of short stoage hooks.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:16 am 
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Pringles tube... Of course!

I need the people from "Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners" to visit and ask, "Do you really need this 4" length of rusty brake cable? Really?"

You're right - I need to throw some of this stuff away.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:45 am 
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a length of 1.5" plastic waste pipe attached to the ceiling of the shed


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:03 pm 
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I just buy my cable by the box. Plenty of it (40 metres), and nicely packaged too. I paid around £40 for the 2 boxes (one for gears, one for brakes).
I just cut 1-2" too long at first, so I have some wiggle room. Once it's at the right length, the leftovers go in the thrashcan.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:57 pm 
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Raging_Bulls wrote:
I just buy my cable by the box. Plenty of it (40 metres), and nicely packaged too. I paid around £40 for the 2 boxes (one for gears, one for brakes).
I just cut 1-2" too long at first, so I have some wiggle room. Once it's at the right length, the leftovers go in the thrashcan.

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Exactly what I do, works out better value too.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 1:28 pm 
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Coiled in the bottom drawer of my tool chest.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 1:33 pm 
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Bits worth keeping; cable-tied and hung in a Tesco bag from a nail in the shed...

...rest go in the wheelie bin.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:45 pm 
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Can't you just buy some more bikes to use up your spare bits of cable?

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