Clutch Cable Questions.

Discussion in 'Motorized Bicycle General Discussion' started by sniperxfire, Sep 29, 2013.

  1. sniperxfire

    sniperxfire New Member

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    Does anyone know if i can use a bicycle cable as a clutch cable?

    My clutch cable is too long and also, the wire inside is messed up.
     
  2. crassius

    crassius Well-Known Member

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    Sure, but be sure to lube it well and solder it well at the point at which you will need to cut the inner.
     
  3. fatdaddy

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    I use bike cables all the time. I try to get the bigger heavy cable for the clutch. there's a lot of pull pressure on that cable. and crassius is right, soldering where you cut it will keep the strands together.
    fatdaddy.
     
  4. 2door

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    Soldering is a great idea, unless, you use stainless steel cable. Lead solder won't stick to stainless. Be sure to clean the cable with a good degreasing solvent and use flux to assure good penetration into the cable strands.

    Tom
     
  5. mapbike

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    That is very true and an excellent point Tom, made that mistake with a stainless cable myself....lol!

    Map
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  6. bairdco

    bairdco a guy who makes cool bikes

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    I use Jagwire bike cables. they make a compressionless cable that's a thousand times better tham the mushy kit cables.

    If you buy a cable from a bike store, you can get little crimp on ends to keep it from fraying. they usually give me a couple free if you ask nice.

    Side note, you can't solder stainless cables but you can weld them. i zap em with my miller and you can make little throttle cable ends.
     
  7. CTripps

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    Cutting a clutch cable down isn't hard to do. I've done a few with a dremel cut-off disk, the metal tip for the cable housing pulls off pretty easily and slides on to the cut end without a lot of hassle. A quick squeeze with the pliers is all it takes to keep it in place.

    Regular bike cables work well, also. I modded one to to the job some time ago.
     
  8. FMB42

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    Also keep in mind that there are bicycle "brake" cables and bicycle "shifter" cables (the two should never be interchanged with each other.)

    Anyway, I'd recommend that you use a bicycle brake cable as a temporary or "inexpensive" replacement for your motorized bicycle kit clutch cable.
     
    #8 FMB42, Oct 5, 2013
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