Cutting bike/motorcycle cables....

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  1. Pablo

    Pablo Master Bike Builder & Forum Sponsor

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    Silly question/poll…

    What tool do you guys use to cut bike brake/clutch cable neatly? Any tips?

    Also, where did you find the little cable end caps to prevent fraying?

    I've had moderate success with taping (to prevent fray) then cutting with HD wire cutters, but it ruins the cutters and smashes the cable.
     
  2. nogoodnic

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    The end caps can be found at your LBS, mine gave me a handful for free. As for cutting cable, I have a good set of dykes that work on the cable itself. My problem is cutting the housing, any suggestions?...Kelly
     
  3. Venice Motor Bikes

    Venice Motor Bikes Custom Builder / Dealer/Los Angeles

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    Use a DREMEL TOOL w/a thin cut-off wheel to cut both cable & housing!
    You can also put a dab of solder on the cable end to keep it from fraying...
     
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  4. Pablo

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    Thanks. I cut my housings with a mototool and a rotary disc cutter. Whizzes right through, nice and square. Burr free, but always check for burrs.
     
  5. Pablo

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    You cut your cable with the Dremel? I was afraid it would fray it.
     
  6. nogoodnic

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    Cool, thanks guys...Kelly
     
  7. Venice Motor Bikes

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    If you still have problems with fraying, solder the area you're going to cut first, then cut. (^)
     
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    I don't know what they're called but park tool makes cable cutters... we use them at the bike shop I work at.
     
  9. Bikeguy Joe

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    The best way!

    In a pinch, you can use a bench grinder.
     
  10. Pablo

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    Nice - thanks guys. "You da best!!"
     

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