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Cable stretcher?
Evening folks

Put simply, cable stretchers - do I need this tool or is it a luxury I can manage just as well without?

http://www.parktool.com/product/cable-stretcher-bt-2

Many thanks Smile
May 30, 2011 09:45 AM
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RE: Cable stretcher?
they are a nice tool if you have the cash y not. but not a must.


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May 30, 2011 09:56 AM
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RE: Cable stretcher?
(May 30, 2011 09:45 AM)the_saucerer Wrote:  Evening folks

Put simply, cable stretchers - do I need this tool or is it a luxury I can manage just as well without?

http://www.parktool.com/product/cable-stretcher-bt-2

Many thanks Smile

http://www.amazon.com/Park-Tool-BT-2-Locking-Ratchet/dp/B000OZBIDO/

To put it simply i'd say a must if you do alot of bike work. If not then not a must. There are other ones too like these....
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_20?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=pedro%27s+cable+puller&x=0&y=0&sprefix=pedro%27s+cable+puller

Hope that helps

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May 30, 2011 11:51 AM
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the_saucerer Offline
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RE: Cable stretcher?
Thanks guys for your valued feedback Wink

I have 3 bikes which need cables changing amongst other things and hope to have more in the future so I guess I might need one, hadn't seen the Icetoolz or Pedro's...is there much difference in quality in comparison to the Park Tools cable stretcher?

Thanks again guys Smile
May 30, 2011 02:32 PM
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RE: Cable stretcher?
three bikes hardly qualifies as a lot. If you were doing three cable swaps an hour, all day long, five days a week, that would qualify as enough for the tool.

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May 30, 2011 03:16 PM
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the_saucerer Offline
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RE: Cable stretcher?
(May 30, 2011 03:16 PM)nfmisso Wrote:  three bikes hardly qualifies as a lot. If you were doing three cable swaps an hour, all day long, five days a week, that would qualify as enough for the tool.

i will be looking to restore other bikes over time too, would you say i only really need this tool if i work as a bicycle mechanic but not as a general hobbyist?

thanks
May 30, 2011 03:59 PM
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RE: Cable stretcher?
This is the best you can find, better than Park Tool, and cheaper!

http://www.hozan.co.jp/cycle_e/catalog/brake/C-356.htm
May 30, 2011 05:48 PM
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RE: Cable stretcher?
Will the Hozan Pluck my wifes rogue nose hair Bob?


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May 30, 2011 08:12 PM
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RE: Cable stretcher?
(May 30, 2011 03:59 PM)the_saucerer Wrote:  i will be looking to restore other bikes over time too, would you say i only really need this tool if i work as a bicycle mechanic but not as a general hobbyist?
......

I currently have five bikes/projects; and have not needed a tool like that to properly adjust the cables. The issues I have had re-cabling our tandem this past weekend would not have been solved any faster with a tool like the. I replaced the brakes, brake levers, both front and rear shifters, and all of the related cables.

If you want one, you should get it; but you definitely do not need it to perform good work.

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May 30, 2011 09:11 PM
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dave_sd Offline
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RE: Cable stretcher?
I've always just pulled the cable taut with pliers.
May 30, 2011 09:35 PM
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the_saucerer Offline
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RE: Cable stretcher?
excellent work folks, all your advice is highly appreciated, i think i will sit on my cash for now Smile
May 30, 2011 11:00 PM
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