32. How to Securely Fasten Zip Ties
Learn how to use a 4th hand cable puller tool to securely fasten a zip tie.
Today we’ll learn how to tighten zip-ties using a 4th hand cable puller tool. The 4th hand was designed to pull the cable tight when you adjust the cable tension on your brakes and derailleurs. It functions by gripping the cable, and then pulling it. While it works great for that job, did you know that you can also use it to securely fasten zip-ties?
I’ll demonstrate here by attaching a piece of cable housing to the frame. Wrap the zip-tie around the frame and cable and snug it up like you normally would. Then use the 4th hand tool to cinch it up a few more clicks. Be careful not to pull it too tight or the zip-tie will snap.
This gets it nice and tight and it looks a lot cleaner than other methods like electrical tape. Once you’re happy with it, snip the remaining section off.
You can get zip-ties in a variety of colors if you want to match your bike or get creative, and you can use different sizes for other jobs like attaching cycle computers, fender stays and so many other do-it-yourself projects! The 4th hand is hands-down one of my favorite tools. I highly recommend getting one for your own home repair kit!
Can anyone tell me the difference between galvanised and stainless steel cables/wires? From what I have read online, stainless steel doesn't rust. I have bought some cables, so how do I check what material it is?
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Hi! Newcomer here.
I am the proud owner of a KTM Ultra Fun So far it has been nothing but joy, until recently the right-hand gear-shift cable decided to burst and detach from the gear-shift lever (Shimano ST M410) in the middle of a ride, part of the cable remaining inside...
The first pic below shows the large fraction of cable as I was able to retrieve. The second one zooms into the broken end.
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Ok, I was cleaning my bike and as I was wiping down the seat tube, the front derailleur cable flung out, as the allen screw wasn't very tight...
I looked up several videos and followed them to the best of my ability, but I can't get the slack out of the cable...
I thought that the white things on the cable housing in the 3rd picture were the barrel adjusters referred to in videos, but turning them has no effect.
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Hi all, my friends road bike is knackard and it's up to me to fix it. I've compeltely overhauled the bike and it's running fantastic apart from one minor, annoying little problem.
The bike used to use those horrible lever-pull shifters below the handlebars however I changed to a pair of Shimano 7-speed rapid-fire shifters with integrated brake levers and the problem now is that the frame lacks the neccesary cable stop boss, and so far I've been using duct-tape and a bunch of cable-ties however this is just not strong enough and the cable is moving when shifting the gears on the re... Read more >>
I have just replaced the rear gear cable, the bike now runs and shifts okay but in certain gears there is either a clicking sound or the chain jumps a gear unexpectedly. Is this a tensioning issue? I have tried adjusting the mech via the rear barrel adjuster but it hasn't really helped...... Read more >>
[attachment=4121][attachment=4121]I have a Sillhoutte and the shifter cable housing has a 90 deg. bend at the downtube connection.The opposite side shifter does not have this bend.Is this a possible bend that has been done by an incorrect cable housing routing.It just looks to be to much of a drastic bend.... Read more >>
I'm attempting to put new on a bike where I never saw the old housing. I have a center pull cantilever brake and I'm wondering if anything has to go on the end of the housing before the cable connects to the link wire.... Read more >>
My cable guide on bottom bracket is a press on type and doesn't have a screw.
Looked around the 'net for a replacement but all of them have a screw.
This is for an older Black Diamond, "Ascent" model mountain bike that I just got and need to get in shape.
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New guy here again.
I will be replacing brake and shift cables on my 43 year old Raleigh Grand Prix. It's been hanging from my rafters for 20+ years, and the cables are old, dry, rusty and ready to snap. Before that happens, I'd like to replace them, but not sure where to start. Will I need any sort of special tools? Also, are there specific cables I'll need to source for this old bike? ANY advice on replacing the cables will be greatly appreciated!
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I inherited 2001 LeMond road bike recently and I want to add inline cable adjusters to the shifting cables (the existing adjusters are rusted and don't work anymore). I was planning on buying a new shifter cable and housing set, but now I'm wondering if I should keep the existing housing and just replace the cable. The housing seems to be in good shape, but is probably 5+ years old.
The cable and housing set I'm looking at is Aztec shifter cable and housing.
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I own a 2013 Trek 7.2 FX, and the front brake shoe stopped working up to par, so I decided that I needed to upgrade it. I'm getting a Avid Single Digit 7, and well, I need a brake cable. The one I own now it frayed, so I can't really use it, so what would you recommend?... Read more >>
I have got a Giant bike from mid 80's. Rear derailleur is Harnet. The adjuster barrel is totally seized up, tried it giving a few WD40 baths, nothing working.
Now the question is :
Is the RD cable barrel adjuster really required as I am having downtube shifters so I can accurately adjust the RD at a position where it runs without any clicks or dongs.....Still confused about it.... Read more >>
I have a bit of a red/yellow theme on my bike, the frame is red, the stickers, pedals, grips, brake blocks etc are yellow, I've been considering changing the outer cables from black to yellow, when I last went out on a ride I broke the rear inner cable so now seems like a good time to swap them over.
Jagwire is a make that keeps popping on the searches I have done, it would appear they are a good make and are fitted as original equipment on a lot of bikes so I'll probably go for this make, seems you purchase it by the metre so just need to measure up what I have and get some.
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I have a raleigh mountain bike which uses gripshift.
My problem is that I think something in the right gear changer has shifted, because it won't go below halfway on the dialer but the bike recognizes that as being in first gear as opposed to second which is what it should see it as, and it reaches as far as what used to be third gear on the dialer but the bike only goes as high as second gear. I think it would go up to third if the dialer went higher, but it only moves between half way and the top.
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Hello, I am redoing cables for a Schwinn Varsity 1973. I was planing on fragmenting the housing like what was on the bike originally (ie not continuous housing). Would this product below work for me? Sent away for a bike cable cutter.
Thanks in advance
Jagwire Racer Diy Road Cable Kit Grey, Complete Brake & Derailleur Kit
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