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    Vintage brake cables

    Anything special about the brake cables that would be used for Deltas? Is the end that goes in the lever anything special?

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    Not in my case, I just used standard cable.

    My only tip when cabling deltas is to leave lots of cable to grab while making adjustments to get the length right. Only when everything is set up nicely and you've tightened the pinch bolt for the last time, then cut the cable.
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    Thanks. My question is, is the end that goes into the brake lever any different than todays cable?

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    No, it's the same
    We just don’t realize the most significant moments of our lives when they’re happening
    Back then I thought “well there'll be other days”
    I didn’t realize that was the only day
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9yrupye7B0

    There's sometimes a buggy.
    How many drivers does a buggy have?
    One.
    So let's just say I'm drivin' this buggy...
    and if you fix your attitude you can ride along with me.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GekiIMh4ZkM

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    Sorry I missed your first answer.

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    Tip:
    If you think you might ever want to undo and reattach the cables for Delta brakes, be sure to solder the inner cable in the area where it will ultimately be cut. Otherwise, since you have to cut the cable so close to the binding bolt, it frays and is almost impossible to reinstall the used cable. With soldered cable ends, I've had no trouble reattaching cables on Deltas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RHankey View Post
    Tip:
    If you think you might ever want to undo and reattach the cables for Delta brakes, be sure to solder the inner cable in the area where it will ultimately be cut. Otherwise, since you have to cut the cable so close to the binding bolt, it frays and is almost impossible to reinstall the used cable. With soldered cable ends, I've had no trouble reattaching cables on Deltas.
    Oh boy, you must be an expert solderer. I tried soldering cable ends for about 2 days once and could only get one out of about 5 or 6 done right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hfc View Post
    Oh boy, you must be an expert solderer. I tried soldering cable ends for about 2 days once and could only get one out of about 5 or 6 done right.
    I read about this once probably before campyonly exploded and died. Campy cable was said to be be so impregnated with secret lubricant that it was impossible to solder.

    I don't know as I never tried.
    We just don’t realize the most significant moments of our lives when they’re happening
    Back then I thought “well there'll be other days”
    I didn’t realize that was the only day
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9yrupye7B0

    There's sometimes a buggy.
    How many drivers does a buggy have?
    One.
    So let's just say I'm drivin' this buggy...
    and if you fix your attitude you can ride along with me.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GekiIMh4ZkM

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    I can't speak to more current Campy cables, as in the last 20 years I've used cable crimps exclusively. However, back in the days of Deltas where the end I far too short to crimp, I routinely soldered Campy brake cables. Up to that point, I usually soldered all cables (rather than using crimps). You're correct, Campy cables don't solder very easily, but it was definitely doable. Clean the area thoroughly with steel wool. It's easiest with solder containing lead, but I don't think such solder has been sold in 20 or years. Otherwise a flux or rosin core solder helps.

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