[CR]Retro cable crimps

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Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2007 06:40:42 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Tom Dalton" <tom_s_dalton@yahoo.com>
To: johnb@oxford.net, Classic Rendezvous <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Subject: [CR]Retro cable crimps

Isn't solder or silver solder the retro way to do it? That's what I've always done. Those crimpy things are for bike mechanics working on flat rate and wimps who can't solder.

John Betmanis Woodstock, Ontario

Campagnolo part number 752, the salva fili cavo, appeared in catalogs from 1953 (possibly earlier) until 1975. About ten years ago I noticed a listing for Campagnolo cable ends in a distributor's catalog, and while I didn't believe that Campy even offered such a part, I ordered a few to check them out. As I recall, they were expensive, as cable ends go, maybe 50 cents each. They are short, open at both ends. They're basically just little sections of tubing, apparently steel, maybe 3mm long and about 2mm across. Only later, when I saw them depicted in the old Campagnolo catalogs, was I convinced that they really were a Campy item, and suddenly they became a lot cooler. Anyway, they carry a high gee-whiz factor, as cable ends go. For my money, they are one option that is at least as cool as solder, though that is a more practical choce given that the salva fili cavo are impossible to find. I guess I could make my own from tiny steel tubing....

By the way, Babelfish translates "salva fili cavo," as "it saves threads cable."

Tom Dalton Bethlehem PA USA

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