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LBS is going to drill the rear brake arch on my Pista....SS_MB-7
Jul 3, 2003 10:04 AM
My trusty LBS is going to drill the rear brake arch on my '03 Bianchi Pista for a rear brake tomorrow....anything I should know or be aware of?

For 95% of the road riding I do, I go fixed. However, there is the odd occassion where I flip the rear wheel and go free...without a rear brake. I've only done this a couple times and have decided to add a rear brake for safety reasons. The LBS head-mech seems very confident, but I just want to ensure that everything goes smoothly.

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
Done! LBS drilled the rear brake arch on my Pista...SS_MB-7
Jul 4, 2003 9:46 AM
For those that are interested, my trusty LBS just completed the drilling and rear brake installation on my '03 Bianchi Pista. Fortunately, there were zero issues. The same LBS installed 2 sets of water bottle bosses in my Pista a couple months ago, also without issues.

The installation required drilling a hole completely through the brake arch and them some minor hand-filing and Dremeling to get the required hole diameter on the backside of the arch since the seat tube prevents proper drilling. Also, some hand-filing was required on a couple washers used on the front and back side of the arch to provide some reinforcement for the brake.

I installed the rear brake to the left lever since the right lever has the front brake. The front brake is permanent and I prefer to have the front brake actuated by the right lever. A short piece of cable housing was used for the section from the lever to the end of the handlebar tape and then a dual open-ended cable housing ferrule was used just at the end of the bar tape. Then, a second short section of cable housing was used from the handlebar to the first Tektro top tube cable stop. A third short piece of cable housing was used from the second Tektro top tube cable stop to the rear brake. This makes installation/removal of the rear brake and housing/cable very easy.

Time for a ride!

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
Jul 6, 2003 4:58 PM
...I didn't see the words "duct tape" in your post! Sounds like a pretty sanitary installation.
Yep, no duct tape involved...SS_MB-7
Jul 7, 2003 5:31 AM
Thankfully, everything went together very smoothly and no duct tape was required. I did end-up removing the Tektro toptube cable guide clamps because they are huge and butt-ugly. I just used a small, thin black zip-tie with a thin black piece of electrical tape underneath to keep the full-length cable housing attached to the toptube. Effective, but not the prettiest.

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
So it seems to work? How's the flex?pswann
Jul 7, 2003 5:47 AM
Some have worried that the bridge would be too flimsy. Can you give us a an idea of how it feels under hard braking?

Thanks Mike.
So far, so good....SS_MB-7
Jul 7, 2003 7:44 AM
On a "normal" bike, the rear brake is not nearly as effective as the front, which provides ~70% of braking. I haven't really tested the new rear brake under heavy, heavy braking, only moderate (typical) braking. I'm recovering today from a very difficult MTB race yesterday, but I'll be heading to some hills tomorrow to test the brake. I'll post my results.

Ride Hard,
Mike B.