Brake and shifter cable question

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Ernbar

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 12, 2019
209
66
Central Florida
Will these fit my 1973 Schwinn Continental? One bike shop wants $200 and another $108 to change the cables which I think is WAY overpriced.

 

Gordon

I live for the CABE
May 22, 2006
1,864
Ottertail, MN
Yes I believe those will work fine. You need to determine which type of cable end you need, barrel or mushroom, and cut off the other one. I think these universal sets are available in colors other than black also.
 
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Ernbar

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 12, 2019
209
66
Central Florida
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Ernbar

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 12, 2019
209
66
Central Florida
Thanks Gordon. I’ll give them a try then. The prices the bike shops have are pretty steep. I know they have an overhead but even at $108 it’s still steep.
 

Andrew Gorman

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 15, 2008
2,890
Pasadena (Hastings Ranch), United States
Labor costs money, semi-skilled labor even more. If it's your bike, spring for some better cables and housings.
 
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bikemonkey

I live for the CABE
Jun 25, 2016
1,247
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North Carolina , Albemarle, NC, United States
Will these fit my 1973 Schwinn Continental? One bike shop wants $200 and another $108 to change the cables which I think is WAY overpriced.

I sell Jagwire brand brake and gear cables at our shop and I also have a good supply of vintage cables although the quality is just above marginal (probably like the Amazon product you show).

The standard Jagwire cables are $6.95 each for cable and housing and I charge $15 -$20 to install each cable and adjust the associated component. The Jagwire branding on the housing can be removed with acetone prior to installation if needed. I would probably charge you around $60/75 labor total plus parts so about $120 for the work you mentioned. Most anytime I touch a bike my price includes lubing all pivot points, chain, lubing and tightening binder bolts and pedals, and the paint gets a good wipedown.

"Right and tight" when it leaves the shop is my motto...I try and make sure each customer feels like I went the extra mile mile on their bike in some fashion. Keep in mind I am in a small town shop in NC and if you are in a metro area you will usually pay more and wait longer.

I usually cap the labor on a standard tune-up depending on the bike at hand and whether rubber is going on it, etc. Usually on these vintage bikes the wheels must be trued, derailleurs tweaked back into place, calipers tightened and aligned, etc. Rarely is it a straight forward cable replacement. Any work quoted is an estimate and not a bid...your results may vary.:cool:
 

PCHiggin

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 22, 2008
3,793
Ryderwood, United States
The amazon stuff is junk,no better than big box store junk. You can find NOS Schwinn cables for that bike on ebay or maybe a member here? I found a site listing the part numbers for the cables I needed for my Sports Tourer. Perform a search,you'll find them
 

vincev

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 2, 2008
13,001
crown point<indiana
Changing cables is a very simple job.If you have to,take pictures how the old cables are routed and connected with your phone. Cables vary in prices but even cheaper big box store cables will work if you are on as budget. I would try to get better cables if possible....
 
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Ernbar

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 12, 2019
209
66
Central Florida
Changing cables is a very simple job.If you have to,take pictures how the old cables are routed and connected with your phone. Cables vary in prices but even cheaper big box store cables will work if you are on as budget. I would try to get better cables if possible....
Yep absolutely. The phone camera comes in very handy.
 

Barto

I live for the CABE
Mar 13, 2015
1,709
Somers, United States
Changing cables is a very simple job.If you have to,take pictures how the old cables are routed and connected with your phone. Cables vary in prices but even cheaper big box store cables will work if you are on as budget. I would try to get better cables if possible....
I Agree Vince, cables are fairly easy and make great father son/daughter activities and makes you feel good that you did something for yourself using your own two hands!! Go for it!!!
 
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detroitbike

I live for the CABE
Sep 26, 2011
1,040
Detroit , Michigan
I sell Jagwire brand brake and gear cables at our shop and I also have a good supply of vintage cables although the quality is just above marginal (probably like the Amazon product you show).

The standard Jagwire cables are $6.95 each for cable and housing and I charge $15 -$20 to install each cable and adjust the associated component. The Jagwire branding on the housing can be removed with acetone prior to installation if needed. I would probably charge you around $60/75 labor total plus parts so about $120 for the work you mentioned. Most anytime I touch a bike my price includes lubing all pivot points, chain, lubing and tightening binder bolts and pedals, and the paint gets a good wipedown.

"Right and tight" when it leaves the shop is my motto...I try and make sure each customer feels like I went the extra mile mile on their bike in some fashion. Keep in mind I am in a small town shop in NC and if you are in a metro area you will usually pay more and wait longer.

I usually cap the labor on a standard tune-up depending on the bike at hand and whether rubber is going on it, etc. Usually on these vintage bikes the wheels must be trued, derailleurs tweaked back into place, calipers tightened and aligned, etc. Rarely is it a straight forward cable replacement. Any work quoted is an estimate and not a bid...your results may vary.:cool:

I agree with bikemonkey's estimate.
I usually end up truing wheels, adjusting bearings, etc., etc.
 
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Mr. Monkeyarms

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Oct 30, 2018
922
Colorado
Personally, any of my bikes with cables get new housing/cables lined with Teflon. Unreal difference versus traditional stuff. You can really feel the difference in brakes. Less force/energy needed. And Oh Sooo smooooth...
 

Andrew Gorman

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 15, 2008
2,890
Pasadena (Hastings Ranch), United States
Yes indeed spring for the best! I got by for decades using a Dremel cutting disc to cut cables and housings, but using an actual cable cutter makes the process easy and FAST. If you are doing more than a few bikes a year, it's worth the price new, but as always, used ones show up at yard sales, eBay and Craigslist. Keep a stock of ferrules and cable end crimps around and make a better product, even on bikes to flip.
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
10,906
Central Arizona
A good set of linesman pliers will cut the cable and the casing with no problem at all. Very useful tool, never leave home without one. :p

 
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