|radius brakes on my fuji touring||gildomilo|
Jul 18, 2003 6:21 AM
Yesterday on my ride I noticed that my brakes don't have much stopping power. They are some cheap brand"Radius" that look like a knock off of an old style. I've never ridden a road bike before, except for on test rides. Should the braking be extremely responsive like it is on an MTB? if I squeeze with all my might should I be able to lock the tire up? I think the brakes are flexing under the pressure. I'm going to take it to my LBS next week to have stuff re-adjusted and see what they say about the brakes.
|Are rims and brake pads clean?||Continental|
Jul 18, 2003 6:34 AM
|You should be able to lock up your wheels with a good hard squeeze on the levers. It shouldn't take all of your strength. These brake should stop a fully loaded touring bike descending a mountain. Is there any lubricant, wax, or dirt on your rims or pads?|
|Are rims and brake pads clean?||gildomilo|
Jul 18, 2003 6:42 AM
|Seeing as the bike is brand new, I assumed there wasn't. I will have to take some rubbing alcohol and clean the rims/pads tonight. Is that ok to use?? The owner of the local LBS http://www.bicycleclassics.com/ said that some of the brake arms were defective and didn't provide proper stopping power. They seemed like they worked when I took the bike on a test ride. I'll clean them up and see what happens. It seems like the arms don't apply enough pressure to the rim.
Thanks for the advice.
Jul 18, 2003 9:16 AM
|Read this....(especially the part about wide profile cantilevers)
Beyond making sure the pads and rims are clean and properly aligned the usual fix is a longer straddle cable or possibly a wider hanger. Here is an example of proper setup on a similar design brake by Paul Components.
|Radius brakes are notorious for having poor pads...||The Walrus|
Jul 18, 2003 10:45 AM
|...most users who've posted on the cyclocross board seem to be happy with the brakes once they've replaced the pads and dialed-in the straddle cable/hanger setup. The consensus seems to be that the salmon Kool Stop pads are the best.|| |