Re: [CR]Retro cable crimps

(Example: Framebuilding)

Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2007 11:22:27 -0400
From: "coel canth" <>
To: "Tom Dalton" <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Retro cable crimps
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cc: Classic Rendezvous <>

while we're on the subject of cables, does any know of a current source for quality brake cable ferrules ? the ones i pull off old bikes seem to be real nice, machined from brass or something. i haven't seen a modern product that compares.. seems to be the case for a lot of the expendable parts.. wish i could find a stash of old-time crank cotters too

Andrei Padlowski Glen Ridge, NJ

On 10/12/07, Tom Dalton <> wrote:
> 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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