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Cutting Bowden cable

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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


Geoff S12/09/2017 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.

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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.

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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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