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Brake suggestions?(6 posts)

Brake suggestions?Slamden
Dec 16, 2002 3:58 PM
I recently bought a used Bianchi Pista. I'm having a lot of fun riding it, but I think it is time to put on a front brake. I really don't want to spend much money on the brake. I ride almost exclusively in Chicago (very flat terrain) so I don't think I need anything too powerful. Does anyone have any suggestions of either what to buy (calipers and levers) or where to buy it (other than ebay)? I'm definitely not opposed to vintage or used (campy) parts, but I've had no luck tracking anything down.

Don't need to go all outbrider
Dec 16, 2002 4:55 PM
Virtually anything will work. Tiagra, 105, whatever the campy line gives on low end. Just go with a low-end new on Nashbar or something.
re: Brake suggestions?Lone Gunman
Dec 16, 2002 5:45 PM
Harris cycle has parts, check the LBS for old parts, they don't throw everything away.
Dec 17, 2002 4:56 AM
That's what I did. Went to my LBS and had them root around in the parts box. Got mis-matched levers (one of which I 'dummied-up') and old Suntour calipers. Perfecto.
For extra style points...flyweight
Dec 17, 2002 9:03 PM
For added style points use a "stealth" brake lever. Find an old, non-indexed MTB thumshifter (the SunTour ones seem to work best) and mount it upside down on the bar up near the stem. Preserves the clean look of a track bike while still giving you enough brake to help keep your speed down on descents. You can find these old levers without too much difficulty in the used parts bin of any good shop.
a similar stealth solution...micha
Dec 19, 2002 2:38 AM
I found a very small kid's bike black brake lever in my LBS garbage-bin and mounted it upside down on the bar near the stem. Works well with my garbage-bin Dia-Compe GX brake.

The kid's bike lever, by the way, has a very handy reach adjustment.