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There were a couple of people I talked to today at FSWC who had damaged brake lines. I was amazed they had not come across this dead easy way to seal a brake line - crimping the copper line instead.

Carry a few olld ball bearings. Put a ball bearing in the open end of the copper tube inside a flare fitting and re-attach the fitting. It will completly seal it.

It works wonders as a get you out of trouble fix/bodge.


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Thanks for the tip ……. there are now 3/16 balls in the ‘mobile’ tool kit…….. free from the local bike shop ;)

I knocked up a new caliper pipe yesterday and refitted the original rubber hoses. Having checked, the problem may be down to articulation :rolleyes: …………. I’ll get some new hoses made up and see how we get on.


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