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    alternative to zip ties

    Is there anything that works better than zip ties for attaching brake cables to the guides?
    They work fine and all, I just don't really like the look of the big end (that the tie goes through) on the top tube of my jabber build up....

    I know, I'm being really anal, but with a screwed up arm, I can't ride so I have lots of time to stare at my current build and think about these things...

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    There are these little c-shaped plastic clips that come with new bikes. I think Jagwire may make them. Your LBS probably has a few sitting around.

    http://www.treefortbikes.com/436_333...uide,-Box.html

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    that's exactly what I was looking for. Thanks

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    I just position the zip ties so that the ugly end is on the less visible side.

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    I use small zip ties, and cut the remaining plastic as close as possible with a flat cut tool. It doesn't leave a tip or anything, just a perfect cut on the little "cube".

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    yeah, I have small zip ties on there now, but those little clips look like the ideal solution.

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    I had some of those clips on my bike but they tended to disappear during rides. I went back to zip ties.

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    I too tried the clips and did not like them at all, back to zip ties
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    Zip ties and duct tape, the unsung heros of bicycle (or anything) repair.

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    This is the perfect cut I get with the tool I use. I don't get any "sharp" or ugly looking remaining zip tie.
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    I too went back to zip ties after seeing my mechanical brake line move within the guide. Maybe it's my head, but my brakes feel better and I see no movement in the lines what so ever. I use a serrated utility knife blade and I get clean cuts. Here's what i'm talking about:

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    Oh, I think a wire cutter makes a clean enough cut

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    Quote Originally Posted by perttime
    Oh, I think a wire cutter makes a clean enough cut
    The difference between a regular wire cutter and what I use is that mine leaves a flat cut, and the regular one doesn't.
    Look at this:



    With bevel (standard)
    Cutting edges with a bevel are suitable for all wire classes, depending on the nipper design and capacity.



    With small bevel (semi flush)
    Cutting edges with a small bevel are suitable for all wire classes apart from piano wire, depending on the nipper design.


    <--This is what I use
    Without bevel (full flush)
    Cutting edges without a bevel are only suitable for soft materials, i.e. lead and plastics.

    Source: http://www.knipex.com/index.php?id=45

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