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Need help with new 105 brakes..Are they hard to install..(6 posts)

Need help with new 105 brakes..Are they hard to install..t-moore
Apr 25, 2003 1:12 PM
$58.33 delivered from Jenson USA, I am stoked. The brakes look like they will be very easy to install, but my past wrenching has been on cars and not bikes. I have a new friend that is willing to help me install them. He tells me that in his early years of cycling, that he made and learned from all of his mistakes. What are the common pitfalls to avoid. My buddy is out of town, and I have an ichy trigger finger. I probably will wait for him, because I don't need to reinvent the learning curve. I just wanted to hear a little feedback while I cool my heels...
re: Need help with new 105 brakes..Are they hard to install..sievers11
Apr 25, 2003 2:01 PM
It's cake...

1) Take off old ones
2) Put on new ones
3) Adjust pads
4) Adjust spring balance (small allen, #2 I think, this will balance the right and left arms so they move the save distance.) you usually don't need to bother with this.

5) Test. Go ride on a super steep hill right out of the gate. (no seriously, give it 10-15 good hard pull to set the cable and make sure they are safe)

Note: Don't grease the mounting bolt, it should have some lock tite on it. Adjusting the pads will be the hardest part. Set the tension of the brake with the allen, save the micro barrel adjustments for on road tweaks.

Good luck and be safe.
re: Need help with new 105 brakes..Are they hard to install..Akirasho
Apr 25, 2003 3:10 PM

Be the bike.
Common brake mounting mistakes.Spoke Wrench
Apr 26, 2003 4:28 AM
1. Caliper positioning. When you bolt the caliper onto your frame and fork, take care that the brake arms are about equi-distant from the rim. If you find yourself doing a lot of tweeking with the return spring adjusting screw, recheck the caliper positioning with the cable disconnected.

2. Cable housing length. The mistake that I've seen most often is to cut the rear cable housing from the lever to the top tube too short. This results in some unwanted auto-brakeing at parking lot speeds. Too big of a loop from the top tube to the rear brake is bad too.
Common brake mounting mistakes.Spiderman
Apr 26, 2003 8:28 AM
Make sure when you make the final adjustments to the cable tension that eh brake release is off/closed (in the down position) otherwise when you go to take your wheel off it could be a slight pain in the ass. has the barnett's manual postedtnbiker
Apr 26, 2003 12:45 PM
The excerpt is from the brake section (50+ pages)of barnet's bike manual. It'll be somewhere in the site