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Brake woes...Any suggestions?(5 posts)

Brake woes...Any suggestions?mdehner
Oct 20, 2003 10:12 AM
I have an old junker road bike w/27-inch wheels I am converting to a SS. I bought some old non-STI 105 brake levers and calipers to replace the center-pull brakes. Two problems:

1. The pivot-bolt assembly is too short and the mounting holes in the fork crown and seatstay bridge are too narrow to accommodate the bolt's female end/nut dealy (sorry, don't know the proper name); I'd prefer not to ream it.

2. The caliper arms don't quite reach far enough (it's close) to allow the pads to reach all the way past the tire.

Thoughts? Scrap the 105s and go bak to the old brake setup? Thanks much.
re: Brake woes...Any suggestions?cmgauch
Oct 20, 2003 11:58 AM
The wiseguy in me says convert to a fixed instead and put your brake parts on the shelf.

1) I'd ream it out, but then I've been known to install King headsets w/2 peices of wood and a big "C" clamp.

2) check these out - a bit pricey, but they'll do the trick:
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/brakes.html#dropbolts

Maybe you'd like your old center pulls better w/new pads?

Apologies for not being overly helpful.
had the same problem......bungalowbill
Oct 20, 2003 12:11 PM
but only for the front brake as I was building a fixie. Drilling out that hole easy, your real problem is the brake reach. I've seen people file out some material from the adjustment slot on short-reach Shimanos, but that's not the place I'd want to chance a failure. Ultimately, I fitted the old Dia-Compe sidepull that came on the bike with new pads and I've been very happy with it.
So, if the frame you have is of decent quality, chances are the old brakes will work fine w/new pads-plus it's cheap!
Old brakes, new padsOverStuffed
Oct 20, 2003 2:54 PM
I kept my old front brakes and put on new pads. That combined with braking power from my legs (Of course, it doesn't sound like you're going fixed) is more than enough. However, I never had any problems braking before the conversion, anyway, so it didn't even occur to me to think about the brakes. The new levers should work, though, if you want to keep them.

--Kevin
I just mastered your problemVikingbiker7
Oct 23, 2003 6:04 AM
I ordered a set of tektro long reach brakes. They have a 50-80mm reach. They are cheap, I did put new type pads on them.