Oooh exciting..! Gear cable outers – where's best?

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  • Premier Icon somouk
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    I normally use the cheap stuff from CRC.

    Shimano SP41 is what’s always recommended.

    Premier Icon cp
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    shimano sp41 from Merlin cycles

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    Sp41’s probably not hte best… It’s not that flexible and it can crack with age. But it’s good, at a sensible price, so everyone uses it.

    bigyinn
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    A 10m roll of SP41 from Parkers Internationl @ £23 will do the trick. Make sure you get sealed ferrules too.

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    Oh and run a full length gear cable outer if you’re buying new outers on the roll.

    Stops all the UK grit and grime getting in!

    no_eyed_deer
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    I’m totally confused by the bewildering plethora of combinations, from around 99p all the way up to £15.

    I’m looking for some nice black gear cable outers to put on my Yeti. Nothing too techy, just gear cable outers..

    Any ideas?

    jmckee
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    Funny, it’s not that often you get questions here about boring stuff like outers but cables cause me so much grief in the winter (and summer). A properly useful question!
    I’m off to get a roll of sp41 and sealed ferrules.

    Now where do you get Presta valve caps where the top half doesn’t break off and a puncture repair kit (old style with glue – i want to repair the puncture not decorate it) with more than 2 small patches.

    Premier Icon ndg
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    You can buy extra tiptop patches on the bay-o-E. I got fed up going through patches at three times the rate of glue….

    no_eyed_deer
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    Thanks guys! Great responses – very useful 🙂

    As for repair patches – I get mine from Poundland. They do a ‘cycle repair kit’, which has loads of stuff in it, most of it useless, but the best thing is it contains around 8 repair patches + glue. The patches are really good quality – with rubberised feathered edges – and it’s cheaper than buying patches separately.

    The waste (of the planet’s resources) in the process is a bit of a pain though.. 😐

    Premier Icon ir_bandito
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    Jagwire lined cable outer does it for me. Cheap by the metre from ebay, and in lots and lots of colours

    And +1 for tiptop patches.

    Premier Icon njee20
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    Quaxar outer is good, light.

    As for repair patches – I get mine from Poundland.

    How much are they?

    Premier Icon ir_bandito
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    How much are they?

    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBEJFelnQz4[/video]

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    Halfords do a good range of proper repair kits and also sell patches separately (they do a cut-to-size sheet too). Not the cheapest mind but it’s all good stuff, and the kits come with enough vulcanising goop to do plenty of refills.

    Their stick-on patches are close to useless mind but then I don’t trust stick-ons anyway.

    UrbanHiker
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    /slight hijack

    I’m aware that gear and brake cable outers are different. Is there any reason why you can’t use gear outers as brake outers? Wouldn’t it give a much more positive breaking feel?

    /hijack

    XTR inners and SP41 outer (buy a roll of the stuff). Get proper ferrules and caps too. No point in f**king about.

    Is there any reason why you can’t use gear outers as brake outers? Wouldn’t it give a much more positive breaking feel?

    It’s less flexible, and brake cable is thicker than gear. Gear certainly used to come in 1.1 and 1.2mm thickness, whereas brake cable is 1.5-1.6mm.

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