Some homemade tools work so well and should be an integral part of your toolbox. Take that awl with a bent tip that the BikemanforU uses to clean out the gear shifter mechanism in this bike repair video. It's a homemade tool that functions like a watchmaker's tweezer - invaluable.
|Park Tool CN-10 Cable Cutter|
The cable cutter YouTube's how-to guru of bicycle repair uses is a parrot-nosed configuration. The cutting edges curl around almost to engulf the small cable and casing.
This cutter cleanly avoids crushing and fraying. A typical diagonal cutter in this situation is a very poor substitute.
Watch the video tutorial below for a close-up instructions on how to use a parrot-nose cable cutter properly.