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NEED ADVICE where to find replacement gear cables for 1973 schwinn suburan 10 speed...

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tomtr6

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Hello All - Im crazy.... im restoring a vintage 1973 MENS Schwinn 10 SPEED Suburban. It's not worth much and im tearing my hair out reattaching the derailleur cables for the left and right gear changers. The edges are frayed which makes it impossible to get the cable thru the small eyelets at the end point. Wondering where I can find some replacement cable. Im ready to mimic "Office Space", and take a sledge to this thing. Also, is there a trick to feed those cables thru the tiny eyelets? GRATEFUL for any replies.. thanks.
 

juvela

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
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the cycle's shift levers are made to take the Huret type cable end which is disc shaped

pretty much all the other derailleur manufacturers use a cable end which is pear shaped

generic replacement cables come double ended; disc on one end and pear on the other

the user trims off the one not required

if cables are cut with a tool not expressly made for the purpose the cut end will mash and fray

purpose made cutters for braided cable squeeze down toward the centre from all directions as they cut so as not to fray the end

as you have discovered frayed ends are impossible to thread into openings...

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tomtr6

'Lil Knee Scuffer
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the cycle's shift levers are made to take the Huret type cable end which is disc shaped

pretty much all the other derailleur manufacturers use a cable end which is pear shaped

generic replacement cables come double ended; disc on one end and pear on the other

the user trims off the one not required

if cables are cut with a tool not expressly made for the purpose the cut end will mash and fray

purpose made cutters for braided cable squeeze down toward the centre from all directions as they cut so as not to fray the end

as you have discovered frayed ends are impossible to thread into openings...

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thanks. I will see what I can find.
 

juvela

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
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tip -

when you have completed the recabling it is wise to fit cable end caps which prevent the end from fraying

that way cables can be rethreaded should such be found necessary in the future

caps are available in plastic, crimpable aluminum or reusable brass as here -

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tomtr6

'Lil Knee Scuffer
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tip -

when you have completed the recabling it is wise to fit cable end caps which prevent the end from fraying

that way cables can be rethreaded should such be found necessary in the future

caps are available in plastic, crimpable aluminum or reusable brass as here -

View attachment 1732906

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nice. When I get that far hopefully I will be celebrating not tossing this bike out.
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
nice. When I get that far hopefully I will be celebrating not tossing this bike out.

What I do on most of my 10 speeds that I go thru is reusing the rear derailleur cable for the front derailleur after I cut off the frayed end so I can thread it in casing and guides. Then I only need one new cable to redo the bike.
 

Arnold Ziffel

Finally riding a big boys bike
Search the bay, all categories for: bicycle brake cable cutter
You will find several, all exactly the same, with red colored handle but with no specific branding for approx $16 - $17 total cost.
You do not need the PARK TOOL CN-10 version that sells for more than $40 or the PEDRO's version for $27.
They are basically all functionally exactly the same.
The PARK TOOL version might last longer if you're doing 100+ bicycles.
The PEDRO's version, I believe is exactly the same as the generic red handle cheapie, except with different colored handle and the PEDRO's logo onboard.
I've done a lot of bicycles with the generic unbranded red handle cheapie. It is as good as the PARK TOOL or PEDRO's version.
Now at one time you could possibly buy it for a few bucks less from one or two chinese vendors, but you might not experience the ten to fourteen days shipping time that was normal pre-pandemic.
thebikesmiths, trailthis* (both firms located in Wisconsin) and another firm in California
have it where you can buy it for approx $16 - $17 total cost including shipping & sales taxes.

Should you need a replacement cable set (has Brake Cables, ferrules, cable ends, Shift Cables, Cable Housings...etc),
The BELL PITCREW 600 Replacement Cable Set is decent and is only approx $12.
Ace Harware dot com --AND-- Walmart dot com did at one time have it priced around $9.99 - $10 during the years 2018 thru most all of 2021. I don't know where the current INFLATION related pricing is, as I haven't checked lately.
Many Walmart stores once carried the Bell Pitcrew 600 Replacement Cable Set in the store near the bike pumps, seats, accessories, etc. Typically this item sells out often in stores because it is the best cable set for little money. Now, remember though that ACE stores DO NOT STOCK THIS ITEM IN THEIR STORES, It was Only Available On Their Website.
Be sure to check all possible sources, amazon, the web, the bay, etc for the best pricing from large reputable major online bike shops, etc.
 
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