Chris Wrote :-
> damage?) are very stiff. Improvise a small oil-tight funnel (i made a > hole in an old 35 mm film can), and use plasticene or Blutak to seal it > to the carefully washed-in-petrol-and-dried lever end of the cable, > which you have removed from the lever. Fill it with a few ccs of heavy > gear oil. Leave overnight. Twice (on different bikes) this treatmentI bought a hydraulic cable oiler from MPS for 10.99. It consists of an aluminium tube with a cap at one end with a screw in piston fitted. At the other end there is a split disc, rubber/neoprene split washer and another split steel disc. The cable is pushed through the discs, the neoprene washer is sandwiched between the steel discs and they're pushed into the bottom of the tube and held in place by a screw-in ring. Fill the tube with oil and screw in the other end cap with piston. Screw in the piston. This tries to compress the oil, which being a liquid can't compress (well very much any way) so it takes the easy way out and runs down the cable between the cable and sheath. When oil comes out of the other end it's done. Takes about 5 minutes from start to finish, fitting the cable to the washer and into the bottom of the tube is a bit fiddly, it's easier if the device is clean and free from oil so that you can get a good grip on the bits rather than slip in oil.
I keep meaning to try forcing black molly through it but keep forgetting.
>> I bought a hydraulic cable oiler from MPS for 10.99. > So did I and right awkward it has been to use. > Once set up it thoroughly oils the cable; but you need fingers built like an > Orang-Utan's to compress the washer into place. Also it won't fit properly > over cables with odd shaped ends.It is awkward & fiddly, I modified the rubber washer a bit. Basically I chamfered one of the edges :-
+------] [------+ | | | | \------+ +------/Looking sideways on, as if the washer has been split in half. I normally drop one spacer in the bottom of the tool, push the cable up to it then start at one side of the split and slide the rubber washer in radially, rather like fitting an inner tube into a tyre. Then I push the washer into place with the split ring and screwdriver. Once the rubber washer is in place, get it far enough in so that the remaining split disc goes far enough in to allow the fixing ring to start screwing in, you only need 1/2 a turn. Once the fixing ring will go in jack the washers and rubber washer home using it.
With odd shaped ends or larger diameter cables I fit the oiler into the B& D Workmate, Fit one washer and the rubber washer. I then hold the cable end tightly against the rubber seal (underneath the work surface) and get a helper (This is where comments about marriage vows come in REALLY handy =8-}) to fill the tube with oil and fit the end caps and pressurise the system (It normally costs me a cup of tea as well).
It is fiddly but it saves a damn lot of time compared to waiting for gravity and warm weather.
Hope these ideas make life a bit easier.
BTW I chamfered the edge of the washer using the rather rough method of snipping chunks off with a pair of wire cutters.