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Jon Laughton12/09/2017 16:52:33
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What is the best way to cut Bowden cable without the individual metal strands unravelling somewhat?

Craig Carr12/09/2017 17:05:20
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Hello jon

I normally wrap masking tape tightly around the part of the cable to be cut. Then I use a cutting disc on my dremmel


G194012/09/2017 17:08:10
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When I used to restore/repair motor cycles I tinned clutch/brake/throttle cables before cutting with a pair of big side-cutters or even a Junior hacksaw. Now, for the thinner Bowden cable for closed loop or pedal cycles, I use a pair of special cutters designed for the job. Those cutters work well with thin piano wire, too.


Nigel R12/09/2017 17:10:27
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Like craig, a short length of masking tape around the cable, one edge used to mark where the cut should be, then a grindwheel in the dremel.

Wez12/09/2017 17:15:11
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I use heat shrink on the end of the cable then put it on a hard surface and give it a swift blow with a hammer and cold chisel works every time, super glue works as well as heat shrink.

Percy Verance12/09/2017 17:43:13
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I haven't needed to cut bowden cable for quite a while now, but when I needed to I simply soldered the strands together at the point of the cut, then used my Dremel to cut through it. Nice clean cut, plus the end was nicely soldered to go into a threaded clevis adaptor.

Ron Gray12/09/2017 18:02:50
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I use cutters similar to these, clean cut, no frays:


Stevo12/09/2017 18:41:02
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Just as our Percy - I tin it well first with solder first - then cut. Never frays at all

Martian12/09/2017 18:44:44
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I use my teeth then visit the dentist

onetenor12/09/2017 18:54:08
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When I cut Bowden I tape/solder then cut through where the binding is. This leaves the left=over end tidy as well.Sometimes it was needed to spread the strands when fitting soldered nipples. To do this tape/solder in two places with a short gap in between. Slide the nipple on the cable. Then using two pairs of pliers twist to . open the strands then snip each strand to the required length and slide the nipple into position and solder in place./Tidy any projecting strands and voila..BTW Where do you get those cutters? I had a light pair but lost them in the house move.

Percy Verance12/09/2017 18:54:55
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Ah yes, take a seat sir......

Scale, polish and I see you'll need a filling sir. That'll be £450 please..... secret

Ron Gray12/09/2017 19:05:04
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Cable cutters can be purchased from any good cycle shop, on line try Wiggle.

Martin Harris12/09/2017 19:05:35
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These are amazing!

Mark Kettle 112/09/2017 20:32:51
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Hi Jon I use Pedros cable cutter, they do a lovely clean cut.

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