Contents: 1. Pinch Bolts (knarps)
Contents: 2. Ends, Adapters, and Elbows
Contents: 3. Adjusters (adjustable stops)
Contents: 4. Ferrules (cable stops) and End Caps
Contents: 5. Bulk conduit (housing) and inner wire
Contents: 6. Cloth cable restoration
1. P = Pinch Bolts
(barrel pinch bolt length is without bolt) P1 121-00416 barrel pinch bolt 5mm dia 7.3 long 2.0 max wire $2 new, for most throttles and some choke levers P2a barrel pinch bolt 6mm dia 11 long 2.2 max wire $4 good used, Motobecane brakes original P2b barrel pinch bolt 6mm dia 6 long 2.2 max wire N/A can grind a P1 to make shorter P2c barrel pinch bolt 6mm dia 8 long 2.2 max wire $5 good used, Peugeot choke & throttle P3a barrel pinch bolt 7mm dia 13 long 2.5 max wire $5 good used, Peugeot brakes original P3b barrel pinch bolt 7mm dia 11 long 2.5 max wire $4 new, Vespa scooter gear shift original P3c barrel pinch bolt 8mm dia 8 long 2.8 max wire $4 new, with bolt end rounded P3d barrel pinch bolt 8mm dia 8 long 2.8 max wire $2 new, with plain bolt (slips and shreds easier) P4a barrel pinch bolt 8mm dia 12 long 4.0 max wire $3 P4b M9 barrel pinch bolt 8mm dia 15 long 2.5 max wire N/A long enough for Domino or Magura levers
P4c barrel pinch bolt 8mm dia 15 long 2.5 max wire $4 long enough but no groove or lip
P5 H60 Grimeca pinch bolt 9mm dia w/7mm flat sides $4 for most Italian brake cable wheel ends P6a clevis pinch bolt $6 for Sachs, AMF & KTM clevis style brake arms P6b clevis pinch bolt $6 for Sachs. AMF & KTM clevis style brake arms P6c clevis adapter $4 for Sachs, AMF & KTM clevis style brake arms P7a bicycle pinch bolt, 8mm w/6mm flat sides $2 too small for Grimeca brake arms P7b cable wire end cap crimp on $1 protects exposed braided cables P7c bicycle brake step ferrule $0.50 see ferrule F6 P8a odd shape pinch bolt $3 new, Peugeot decomp original P8b odd shape pinch bolt brass $2 new, Peugeot decomp Barnett remake P9a loop pinch bolt 6 pieces 7mm 11 hex $7 good used, Vespa moped, arm has 11mm arch P9b loop pinch bolt 6 pieces 6mm 10 hex $7 good used, 1974-91 Tomos, arm has 10mm hole
Many of the 8mm diameter pinch bolts (item P3c above) sold on the internet will slip if the bolt is not tightened with a pliers holding onto the round 8mm barrel. This is because the 5mm bolt does not have a dome shaped end. Myrons cuts a rounded dome in the 5mm pinch bolt. This makes it gently fold the wire into a curve when the bolt is tightened.
You pay more for a Myrons pinch bolt, but you will get a much greater benefit. Safety (it won’t pop off when you slam on the brakes), and ease of installation (don’t normally need a pliers to hold the round barrel). You can feel the cable bending as the bolt is tightened. That gentle bending is what makes it not slip. See pictures at left.
The 5.5mm diameter pinch bolts (item P1 above) for throttles already have domes on their 3mm bolts. (cones actually). So they are designed to hold good, yet be small. Nonetheless, they often need to be soldered, in addition to the pinch bolt tightened as much as possible, in order to not slip.
2. E: Ends and Elbows
E1a 25880 cable end D=8.7 L=8.2 brake adapter $2 adapts a brake end to a 9mm barrel end E1b Sachs cable end D=4/6 L=13.0 Sachs adapter $8 adapts a carb end to 4/6 barrel end E1c Barnett throttle cable end adapter D=5.0 L=8.0 $3 adapts a carb end to a 5mm barrel end E1d 25362 throttle cable end adapter D=6.0 L=7.0 $1 adapts a carb end to a 6mm barrel end E1f brake cable end adapter D=7.0 L=9.8 $3 adapts a brake end to a 7mm barrel end E1g brake cable end adapter D=8 L=10 slotted $3 adapts a brake end to a 8mm barrel end E1h brake cable end adapter D=8.0 L=10.2 $1 adapts a brake end to a 8mm barrel end E1i brake cable end adapter D=8.0 L=14.4 $4 adapts a brake end to a 8mm barrel end E2a threaded rod nut M6 $1 many Asian brakes are “rod” type E2b threaded rod barrel $4 a threaded rod is the end of the wire
Note that the bicycle gear wire “inline barrel” end is 4mm, too big to be a motorcycle throttle wire “inline barrel” 3mm, also known as “carb” end.
Note that the bicycle brake cable “barrel” 7mm end is too big for a motorcycle throttle end “barrel” 4 to 6mm.E3 M6x0.8 elbow 45 deg, no adjuster threads $6 Dellorto and others E3x other elbows available, not listed $10-$12 most E4 in line oiler with attached cap $2 for putting oil into the cable E4a bicycle cable end “brake wire Campy” =”pear” type D=3.9/6.0 L=8.0 use E5s comes with wire 1.6mm E4b bicycle cable end “brake wire road” =”pear” type D=3.9/6.0 L=9.0 use E5s comes with wire 1.6mm E4c bicycle cable end “brake wire MTB” =”barrel” type D=7.0 L=7.0 N/A comes with wire 1.6mm E4d bicycle cable end “gear wire Shimano” =”inline barrel” D=4.0 L=4.0 N/A comes with wire 1.2mm E4e bicycle cable end “gear wire Campy” =”inline barrel” D=4.0 L=3.0 N/A comes with wire 1.2mm E4f bicycle cable end “gear wire old Huret”=”short barrel” D=5.0 L=3.0 use E5b comes with wire 1.2mm
These bicycle cable ends are listed here to show how much different they are from motorcycle cable ends. A bicycle gear cable 4mm end could be ground down to become a motorcycle throttle cable 3mm end. A bicycle brake cable road type interchanges with a motorcycle pear or mushroom type. A bicycle brake MTB type 7mm end fits loosely into a 8 or 9mm motorcycle brake lever, but functions OK.
E5a cable end “short barrel” D=6.0 L=3.0 wire=1.7 $0.50 for soldering to 1.6mm braided cable E5b cable end “short barrel” D=5.5 L=3.2 wire=1.7 $0.50 for soldering to 1.6mm braided cable E5b 620-25162 cable end “short barrel” D=6.3 L=3.3 wire=1.6 $0.50 for soldering to 1.6mm braided cable E5c 620-24187 cable end “ball” shape D-4.6 wire=1.7 N/A for soldering to 1.6mm braided cable E5d 620-24162 cable end “ball” shape D-5.4 wire=1.7 $0.50 for soldering to 1.6mm braided cable E5e 620-24062 cable end “ball” shape D-6.3 wire=1.7 $1.00 for soldering to 1.6mm braided cable E5f 620-25063 cable end “barrel” type D=3.9 L=7.2 wire=1.6 $1.00 for soldering to 1.6mm braided cable E5g cable end “barrel” type D=4.9 L=7.4 wire=1.8 N/A for soldering to 1.6mm braided cable E5h cable end “barrel” type D=4.6 L=10.2 wire=1.4 N/A for soldering to 1.6mm braided cable E5i 620-25349 cable end “barrel” type D=6.0 L=7.0 wire=1.2 $1.00 for soldering to 1.2mm braided cable E5j 620-25580 cable end “barrel” type D=9.5 L=9.5 wire=2.0 $1.00 for soldering to 2.0mm braided cable E5k 620-24755 cable end “inline barrel” D=3.2 L=4.8 wire=1.8 $1.00 “inline barrel” also known as “carb” type E5l 620-24762 cable end “inline barrel” D=3.2 L=4.0 wire=1.7 $0.50 “inline barrel” also known as “carb” type E5m cable end “pear” type 3.2/5.6 L=8.0 wire=2.0 $0.50 for soldering to 2.0mm braided cable E5m 620-26080 cable end “pear” type 3.2/5.6 L=9.0 adapter $0.50 for adapting an “inline barrel” 4-5mm E5n cable end “pear” type 3.8/6.0 L=6.6 wire=2.7 $0.50 for soldering to 2.7mm braided cable E5o cable end “pear” type 3.7/6.3 L=9.0 wire=2.0 N/A for soldering to 2.0mm braided cable E5p cable end “pear” type 3.5/6.0 L=11.0 wire=2.2 $0.50 for soldering to 2.0mm braided cable E5q 620-26298 cable end “pear” type 3.9/6.3 L=11.5 wire=2.3 $0.50 for soldering to 2.0mm braided cable E5r cable end “pear” type 4.0/6.3 L=10.1 adapter $0.50 for adapting an “inline barrel” 4-5mm
E5s 620-26162 cable end “pear” type 3.9/5.6 L=8.1 wire=1.6 $0.50 for soldering to 1.6mm braided cable
3. A: Adjusters
A1a 219625 cable adjuster M5 x 0.75 (no nut) $6 fine, for Dellorto carb elbow 219626 cable adjuster nut only M5 x 0.75 $3 fine, for Dellorto carb elbow A1b cable adjuster M5 x 0.80 with nut $4 standard, for Puch Bing
A1c 23089 cable adjuster M5 x 0.90 with nut $8 coarse, for Motobecane A1d cable adjuster M5 x 1.00 with nut $2 very coarse, not for any common moped A2 cable adjuster M6x1.00 hex no slot $1 A3a cable adjuster M6x1.00 round no slot $2-$3 good used, original Motobecane A3b 222592 cable adjuster M6x1.00 round slotted $5 original 1990’s Tomos dark grey A4 cable adjuster M6x1.00 hex long used $3-$5 Puch wheels and others A5a cable adjuster M7x1.00 round slotted $5 A5b cable adjuster M7x1.00 hex used $4 A6 cable adjuster M8x1.25 round slotted $5 A7a thin nut for adjuster M5 x 0.8 $1 A7b thin nut for adjuster M6 x 1.0 $1 A7d thin nut for adjuster M6 x 0.75 $2 A8 in-line cable adjuster $5 for joining two 5 or 6mm sleeves A9a Magura type adjuster short, good used $6 A9b Magura type adjuster long, good used $6 A9c Magura type adjuster short w/elbow $7 for Kreidler and others A10 A11 cable adjuster 1/4 – 24 aluminum $4 A12 cable adjuster M7 x 1.0 short w/nut $10 for Motobecane decomp A13 cable adjuster M6 x 0.75 fine $4 for Dellorto, Bing, Gurtner, and Asian carbs
4. F: Ferrules
F1 15581 step ferrule 5.9-8.0 by 13mm ID=5.8 $2-$3 for Motobecane rear brake F1 step ferrule 5.9-8.0 by 10mm ID=5.4 $2-$3 for Peugeot front brake F1 step ferrule 6.0-9.0 by 14mm ID=6.5 aluminum $2 F1 A2 cable adjuster M6x1 hex ID=6.5 $1 good substitute for F1 F2 16944 step ferrule 4.0-7.0 by 11mm ID=5.5 $2 for Motobecane decomp F3 step ferrule 4.0-7.0 by 10mm ID=5.5 steel $0.50 sub for F2, Peugeot R brk & decomp F3 in bulk: $2/10 $10/100 F3 step ferrule 4.0-7.0 by 10mm ID=5.5 aluminum $0.50 sub for F2, Peugeot R brk & decomp F4a step ferrule 4.0-7.0 by 12mm ID=6.0 aluminum $1 F4a step ferrule 4.0-7.0 by 10mm ID=5.7 chrome $2 F4b step ferrule 4.5-7.7 by 16.7 ID=5.8 Barnett $2 F4c 620-21710 step ferrule 5.3-6.8 by 19.0 ID=6.2 Barnett $2 F5a step ferrule 5.9-11.9 by 15.4 ID=10.4 $2 F5b step ferrule miscellaneous $2 most F6 step ferrule bicycle brake universal $0.50
The above step ferrules all fit loosely over the cable conduit. The end cap type ferrules below fit tight on the conduit, or are crimped on by special pliers. The end caps are supposed to fit tight, for several reasons: For strength and cable performance, to help keep out dirt and water (thus increasing lifetime), and for easier servicing. Unlike the step ferrules, which are necessary, the end cap ferrules are not necessary. Sometimes conduits need to be cut and the end cap ferrule needs to be left off. The conduit will still function good without end caps, as long as the adjuster or other stop piece hole, usually 2.5mm, is not too big. Without a 6mm OD end cap ferrule, a 5mm conduit will eventually slip through an improper stop piece hole, like 4mm instead of 2.5mm. But as long as the holes in the end pieces are the proper size, the cable does not need end cap ferrules.
F6a ferrule ID=4.5mm with flare $1.00 easy to install, just press on F6b ferrule ID=4.8mm no flare $0.50 make flare with punch, then press on F6b ferrule ID=5.1mm no flare, Barnett $0.50 make flare with punch, then press on F6c ferrule ID=4.8mm no flare, Barnett $0.50 make flare with punch, then press on F6d ferrule ID=4.0mm no flare Shimano SIS $0.50 used and pre-crimped F6e ferrule ID=4.5mm no flare, Sachs $0.50 make flare with punch, then press on F6f 620-20100 ferrule ID=5.0mm no flare, aluminum $0.50 make flare with punch, then press on F6g ferrule ID=5.0mm with flare, chrome $1.00 easy to install, just press on F6h ferrule ID=5.1mm with flare, used $1.00 original on Peugeot and MB F6i ferrule ID=5.0mm with flare, Puch $1.00 easy to install, just press on F6j ferrule ID=5.5mm with flare $1.00 easy to install, just press on F6k ferrule ID=6.0mm no flare, Barnett $0.50 make flare with punch, then press on F6m 620-20110 ferrule ID=5.5mm no flare, aluminum $0.50 make flare with punch, then press on F6n ferrule ID=6.1mm with flare, chrome N/A easy to install, just press on F6o ferrule ID=7.1mm with flare, chrome $1.00 bigger than most moped conduits
5. B: Bulk wire, conduit, and sleeve
Sometimes very long cables are needed, for long bikes, or very tall handlebars, or for other things that use mechanical control cables. For 1.2mm and 1.6mm thick inner wires, up to 8 feet, it is better to use bicycle wires. beacuse they already have end(s) and cost less. The same quality 5mm conduit (housing) for bicycles costs much less than for motorcycles, and comes in colors. For thicker or longer cables, the bulk motorcycle wire and black conduit is the only choice.Cable inner wire from Motorcycle Parts Suppliers (Flanders): B1 610-03080 cable wire by the foot 1.2mm 1 x 9 strand $0.80/ft stiff braid (throttle) cable wire 8.5 feet 1.2mm 1 x 9 strand stainless use W10 B2 610-03090 cable wire by the foot 1.2mm 7 x 7 strand N/A soft braid (throttle) B3 610-03100 cable wire by the foot 1.6mm 1 x 9 strand N/A stiff braid (brake) B4 610-03110 cable wire by the foot 1.6mm 7 x 7 strand $1.00/ft soft braid (brake) cable wire 9.0 feet 1.5mm 1 x 9 strand stainless use W11 B6 610-03120 cable wire by the foot 2.1mm 1 x 9 strand $1.30/ft stiff braid (brake) Conduit (housing) from Motorcycle Parts Suppliers (Flanders): B7 610-03300 cable conduit per foot 5.0 x 2.3 black for 1.2 or 1.6 wire N/A use B13 B8 610-03305 cable conduit per foot 4.8 x 2.1 black, nylon-lined, for 1.2 wire N/A use B13 B9 610-03310 cable conduit per foot 5.5 x 2.9 black for 2.0 wire N/A B10 610-03315 cable conduit per foot 5.5 x 2.5 black, nylon-lined, for 1.6 wire N/A
B11 610-03320 cable conduit per foot 6.0 x 3.3 black for 2.5 wire $3.50/ft B12 610-03325 cable conduit per foot 6.0 x 2.9 black, nylon-lined, for 2.0 wire N/A Conduit (housing) from Bicycle Parts Suppliers (J & B Importers) B13 1460 cable conduit per foot 4.9 x 2.0 black, nylon-lined, for 1.6 wire $0.50/ft B14 1461 cable conduit per foot 4.9 x 2.0 white, nylon-lined, for 1.6 wire $0.50/ft B15 cable conduit per foot 5.7 x 2.0 brown, nylon-lined, for 1.6 wire $0.50/ft AMF style, from 1980’s B16 14427 cable conduit per foot 4.8 x 2.0 yellow, for 1.6 wire $0.50/ft B17 14426 cable conduit per foot 4.8 x 2.0 blue, for 1.6 wire $0.50/ft B18 14339 cable conduit per foot 5.0 x 1.9 silver, nylon-lined, for 1.6 wire $0.80/ft Outer Sleeving from Industrial Suppliers B20 1508T32 big outer sleeve 11 x 13mm black PVC, holds 3 -5mm cables $1.00/ft new and flexible, at last!
6. Cloth Cable Restoration
Since World War II, most cable conduit is coated with soft nylon or vinyl type plastic, to be flexible and waterproof. But before the 1950’s, most cable was coated in woven cotton cloth. The same is true with electrical wires. Early 1900’s electrical wires had cloth insulation, while late 1900’s wires had soft plastic.
Modern plastic coated cables will replace the older woven types, but they do not have the old fashioned appearance. None of the normal cable suppliers, bicycle or motorcycle, sell cloth coated cables.
One historic old bicycle with cloth covered cables was the 1939-1945 BSA Airborne Bicycle. In WWII British commandos would jump out of planes with these bicycles and then quietly ride miles undetected to the destination.
In 2014 a bike mechanic in Canada was restoring a BSA Airborne Bicycle. He ordered cable parts from Myrons Mopeds. That inspired Shaun to find a way to make cloth cables. A few days later, walking down the sidewalk, Shaun saw a purple Lakers shoelace laying on the sidewalk. It was big enough to see that it was actually a hollow tube. At that moment Shaun realized that most shoelaces are hollow tubes, in different sizes, colors, and lengths. A hollow cloth tube made from a shoelace could cover a modern cable to make it look “vintage”.
In 2015 an medical engineer in Alabama was restoring a different BSA Airborne Bicycle. He ordered cable parts from Myrons Mopeds. Shaun mentioned the idea of using shoelaces to reproduce vintage cloth cables. A few months later that person made this detailed report on how he successfully made accurate replica cloth cables out of modern plastic ones.
9) secure one end of the shoe lace to a hook and the other end to a ratchet strap (see picture)