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In the past I've used wire butt connectors (two ends in one piece just cut in half) A small section of I.V. tubing with some JB Weld drawn into it like a straw and molten plastic. The molten plastic had to be the worst thing I ever tried.


Heatshrink tubing works pretty well, but it's not as durable as metal. Nipples are nice.


I've used a little bit of electric tape for temporary jobs. Aluminum nipples are a great idea... why didn't I think of that?

But here is one cable hack... when replacing your brake cables with mountain-bike style brake levers, check to see if the first 8 inches of cable from near the lever are any good still. If they are, they make great straddle/yoke cables for some cantilevers.


Solder--Do it right and you can still feed the cable through the housing.


Or... you can buy 500 cable end crimps for $18.99 plus shipping at http://www.jensonusa.com/store/product/CA409Z11-Jagwire+Cable+End+Crimps.aspx and be set for many many years (I'm sure there are good deals elsewhere too).

Unless you build wheels a lot, don't know why you'd have lots of spoke nipples sitting around anyway...


I used to have a mechanic that did the solder thing, and I highly recommend it! If you're doing it yourself, be careful to use pure silver solder or pipe solder - not standard electronics solder. I found that did not stick.


I'm another supporter of solder.



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