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anyone know where to get cheap(er) cables from? I am constantly fixing peoples bikes and one issue that i always have is not having enough cables laying around. going to the LBS is becoming a pain nor do they carry lower end cables. I am talking about the sort of people that have bikes that have been neglected and not riden for some time. of course the conversation comes up and goes something like this... "i have a bike but its a piece of crap" inveitably i notice their middle nintys trek or mongoose sitting out in the rain, rusting every piece of steel. Then I say "I will work on your bike with one stipulation... when i fix it you have to go riding with me." I have gotten more people into biking by doing this and yes eventually they will drop cash on a bike that deserves nice cables but until then, anyone know where to get cheap cables?

wow that was a ramble. also any advice on housing would be much appreciated as well.
 

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pricepoint sells good quality brake cables for dirt cheap if you buy the 10-pack. if you want them even cheaper, find a QBP dealer and buy the 100-pack. derailleur cable is a bit harder to find, but i've managed to locate 25 packs around for ok pricing

same goes with housing, i buy it by the 50metre roll from QBP and it's pretty cheap.

try this site, they have lots of good stuff http://www.biketoolsetc.com/index.cgi?id=678923525171&c=Repair-Parts&sc=Cable-and-Housing
 

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fastale said:
wow that was a ramble. also any advice on housing would be much appreciated as well.
JensonUSA sells bulk housing. Brake and Shift.
http://www.jensonusa.com/store/product/CA409B15-Jagwire+Brake+Housing+Box50m.aspx

And bulk cables.
And bulk ferrules
And bulk cable ends...
And for that matter, bulk ball bearings, grease, etc....

Same stuff that bike shops will put on your bike without the bike shop markup.

Yep - I got sick of going to the shop every time I needed a new piece of housing. It's a pretty decent investment, but it pays off pretty quickly - especially if you start charging "cost + beer" on the repairs you do for friends.
 
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