/ Fitting new brakes
Well first of all the cables are actually only a couple of weeks old as I just had them replaced, so I assume they're good to use and I don't need new ones. I had a look and took off the old brakes, but the cap on the wire stops me removing the barrel adjustery bit. So I have two questions - both of which might seem like stupid questions!
1. How do I remove the existing cable cap. There's a bit of wire spare so do I just cut it above the cap?
2. How do I fit a new cable cap? I guess I can buy a couple on ebay and just squeeze them with pliers to hold them on?
Even if you want to put new ones on you should still just pull of the old ones, no need to cut the cable.
ONly problem is sometimes when you cut cables the ends fray/splay in such a way the re-threading them is mighty difficult. You might get away with it though!
Can usually release them by gently squeezing them with pliers at right-angles to how they were originally crimped - you may be able to use them again, otherwise get a few new ones from local bike shop.
This should keep you going: http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=23409
Pull off the cable cap (ferrule) with a pair of pliers, needle nose if you have them. You can sometimes reuse them if they are not too mangled, but if not can be purchased cheaply from ebay or (free?) for your LBS. Crimp the new one on with pliers or cable cutter.
Cable are fine to reuse. Give them a wipe and degrease if dirty, I usually run a bit of lube along new cables, but apparently with plastic lined cables you don't even/not recommended to do this.
As always, Sheldon has the answers:
Yeah, good sharp wire cutters are worth their weight in gold.
if you're going to use you existing cables, its very easy for them to unravel and fray as they have been cut to length, to prevent this happening before pulling of the end cable crimp, coat the inner wire in superglue, then it will stay in one piece and not lots of individual wires.
> if you're going to use you existing cables, its very easy for them to unravel and fray as they have been cut to length, to prevent this happening before pulling of the end cable crimp, coat the inner wire in superglue, then it will stay in one piece and not lots of individual wires.
Cheers, I'm glad I could share the tip, i forgot who told me this one but it's saved a lot of cables.
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