Garage mechanic tip: Cheap, colorful cable ends
I never seem to have any of those crimp on cable ends when I need them. And sooner or later the cables start to unravel. I can't remember where I got this idea from, but it works great and adds a touch of color to the bike.
Go to Home Despot, or Lowes or whereever and find that Plastidip stuff for coating tool handles. It comes in several colors: red, blue, white, clear, yellow...
A tip, don't store it in your cold garage, keep in inside the house somewhere. And stir it now and then.
Using an old piece of cable housing or random small stick, paint it onto a cable end, let it dry.
Once dried, it keeps the cable from unravelling. When you need to remove the cable, just peel it off. Works like a charm.