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I agree with what everyone else has said, but i'd add.. aside from your frame, your bike SHOULD be pretty much new. A well maintained bike will have all these components replaced on regular inteverals: bar tape (I do this once a year) Chain (I do this once or twice a year) bottom bracket (maybe every 5 years) brake/derailleur cables (once a year) Big chain ...
I agree with most answers, clean it right afer use in dirty/muddy environment, regurarly clean and service it and periodically change gearshift cables and brake cables (if it applies). Avoid keeping it unprotected outdoors or in humid places. If this doesn't conflicts with your budget: don't let the saddle and grips or bar tape get too old, because depending ...
Good answers above. I would add:: new bar tape wash and service your bike weekly buy yourself new gloves or jersey occasionally - this one is about the bike/human relationship :-) These things keep the bike running at it's optimum. And yes, allow the bike to mature. It gains character. If you look after your bike, it's not the bike that changes but ...
The empty ink-tube of a ballpoint pen makes good cable ends. The metal ones may be squeezed into place. If you have a plastic one cut off 1 cm, put over the cable end and heat with a flame.
One proven way to retain the "new" feeling of a bike is to keep adding new parts to it. It's a well known (I would say proven but can't find the article) fact that people experience a noticeable performance boost when riding a new bike or upgrading gear. This expectation of better performance actually does lead to a small performance increase. The same ...
Usually when you take a bike out of the box, it's disassembled. I'm guessing that this isn't what you are referring to :P. If you want your bike just like when you got it from the bike shop, there's a few easy things you can do. Keep your tires inflated to the proper pressure. If you get a decent pump, it should be easy to keep the tires inflated. ...
Aesthetically, it's just a case of keeping it clean. Use a toothbrush to clear accumulated dirt out of the little nooks and crannies, like the joints between tubes (especially around the bottom bracket). Waxing the frame can help keep it keep that brand-new lustre. The back of the chainring and spider, sprockets, rear hub, and dropouts, can get grotty ...
I have actually used these options: Epoxy glue: let it dry a little before applying. It is too liquid just after mixed, so let it dry and use it like if it were modeling putty. Thin cooper wire from a telephone cord. Wounded it around the end of the cable. It would look like a bass guitar string. Solder wire applied cold, wound a couple of turns and crimp ...
You can cut an aluminum soda can into a small strip and wrap that around and fold it like a tiny burrito into the end. Crimp with pliers. Picture lovingly misappropriated from http://billgrady.com/wp/2002/11/14/how-to-wrap-a-burrito/
I usually use an old spoke nipple. Slide it over the end and crimp with an electrical (stake-on/solderless connector) crimper.
If you have a soldering iron and some solder, that may stop it from fraying further, but won't make it any less sharp. You could consider a bit of alu foil, but I doubt this would stay on. Perhaps with some glue suitable for metal? Perhaps a small cable tie done up super-tight with pliers?
Wrap it tightly with electrical/gaffa tape?
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