Does anyone have any good ideas for effective cable lubrication? The haynes manual shows holding the cable in a plastice bag and pouring oil so it can trickle down, but that just seems like a recipe for oil all over the outer as it leaks! Anyone got a better method (that does not involve me parting with money
Do yourself a big favour and do not use oil. Go to a push bike shop and buy a bottle of gear change cable lube. My favourite is "Tri-Lube". Most of them a fine dry lubricants in an evaporating carrier solution. If you are starting with an old cable run some cleaner through first to get rid of most of the sticky oil and the dirt & dust that it attracts, I use kerro for the ( parrifin to some ) benzene is even better but that is hard to come buy now days.
As BSA WM20 say's. A bicycle shop will sell you a small container of TRIFLO, about 8 bucks. I have never found anything that penetrates like it and leaves as smooth a slide. It contains long strand teflon. It seems to dissolve cable crap and bleeds it out. Great stuff and good for many cables!