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Help! Quick! How do I adjust Canti's?(8 posts)

Help! Quick! How do I adjust Canti's?Kristin
Aug 7, 2003 6:31 PM
I've got the bike put together. Finally! Well, almost. The right front brake pad is rubbing and I can't figure out how to adjust these things. The position of the cable guide moved with the stem change. I'm sure its obvious, but I stared at it for a while and then decided it would be easier to ask. I want to finish it tonight so I can commute tomorrow.

You'll get a kick out of this. I'm directionally challenged. Literally. Since I was a child, I've never been able to tell my right from my left. So installing things onto a bike can be fun. (Installing things on anything really, though bikes have presented a particular challenge to me.)

My task: Install a Zoom Adjustable stem, flat bars, shifters and all accessories. I get the stem installed easily. I Line it up and crank it down. Next I slide in the bars. I line them up and tighten them down. Oh no, "Ritchey" is upside down. I take out the bars, turn them around and then tighten them down again. So far so good. I check the shifters and slide them onto the proper side of the bars--this is impressive and I am proud of myself--then begin to look at where the cables will go. Oh no, forgot to install the cable guide. I'm not looking forward to this because it was a b$tch to get off the old stem. So I remove the Zoom and begin to do battle. I finally get it on the stem and insert the stem into the head tube. Damn. The guide is upside down. I wrestle it back off the stem and put it back on in the proper direction. Now I'm ready to install the stem again. I instert it, line it up and tighten it down. Wait a minute! Ritchey is upside down again. I thought I fixed that before? I investigate the stem to see if I've flipped it. I have very little light now; but it looks correct. So I pull the bars back out and turn them around again. So far, so good. Next I need to adjust the height of the stem. Ugh! I did flip it. Pull it out and do it again!!! 1 hour and 45 minutes later I finish a 25 minute project. Now, as I sit down with a cold, adult beverage, I have to laugh.
Kristin on the left brake arm down low there.....abicirider
Aug 7, 2003 6:51 PM
should be a little phillips screw either screw it in or out this will mnove the brake arms in or out from the rim just takes a couple of turns then check brakes thats it real simple.
Be Safe Out On The Roads!!!!!
Ray Still
mooresville, NC
Thank you. You've saved me 1 gallone of gasoline!Kristin
Aug 7, 2003 7:46 PM
That worked. I totally missed that limit screw because I was focusing on the side that was having the problem. My only other question...something I can work on Saturday, is regarding the tow (toe?). That right brake is VERY toed out. There is a limit screw on the back of the pad, but when I move that it doesn't seem to do much. I see the housing that bolts onto the fork. And there is a strange hex bolt that holds the arm and pad onto that housing. It has a nut on the back of it. I tried holding the nut and turning the bolt, but that was a mistake. Not sure what to do next.
I hate cantisJervis
Aug 7, 2003 7:05 PM
I hate cantis
I hate cantis
Drop them and get V's.

So Kristin, Are You Moist?MisJG
Aug 8, 2003 6:02 AM
You mentioned in this post that you wanted to finish this job so that you could commute today (Friday, 8/8), but on my way in to work, it was raining. So, did you ride in the rain this morn or did you drive? I drove, but not because of the rain. I went to fix my rear tire on Wednesday night (inflation issues) so I could ride today and discovered a broken spoke. I didn't have time to fix it between then and now, so my poor bike is sitting in my garage on the rim. I think it may be time to do a complete overhaul on the rear hub anyway, so I am debating doing it myself or paying someone to do it. I seem to be short on time lately, so the LBS may be the better option. Who knows when I'll get a chance to do it?

Anyway, a higher power saved me from riding in the rain today by disabling my bike. (If you believe in that sort of thing.)
What a truly disgusting question! ;-)Kristin
Aug 8, 2003 7:48 AM
My morning misadventures. Last night, I wrestled the front brake into an acceptable postion and ran it through all the gears--rear gears. Everything seemed fine. Went to bed. This morning I packed up my bag and started for the door. As I put my hand on the left shifter, it immediately flopped over. Hmmm. That's strange. I grab a #6 and tighten it down. Its stipped. Dammit. I can get it tight enough that it holds kinda. I can use the rear brake, but shifting is out of the question. So I decide I only really need one chain ring and start off in xx x xx. I reach the Eola overpass and shift up. The chain begins dancing around. Grrrr. Its okay though, I can fix that...if only I'd straped on my tools!! Doh! Now I have 2 options: turn back with my tail between my legs, or investigate the brave new world of single speed. What the heck. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. At least that's what I've heard.

Were the cycling gods attempting to turn me back? Perhaps, but I did not listen. It did not rain on me, and the sun was peaking near the end. I did notice that Warrenville Road was pretty soggy.
Let us know how you made out getting homeMisJG
Aug 8, 2003 4:42 PM
Looked for you on Warrenville but didn't see you. Prolly went through there too early (4:20?). If you ever need sag support, look for the red Cavalier Z24 with the roof rack set up for three bikes. There is yellow tape on the load bar ends and Grateful Dead stickers in the windows!
Cantilever setup:Alexx
Aug 8, 2003 9:14 AM
I've found that you really need to watch a couple of things on Canti/V-brake setups.

First, make sure that the brake posts are well greased before you install the brakes. A good teflon grease, or even old Phil grese is good.

Also, most canti setups have a choice of 3 holes for the spring to sit in. Always choose the outer one that makes the brakes sit furthest from the rim-this will give you more quick spring-back.

Lastly, do your final adjustment with the little phillips screw on the bottom of one of the brake arms. Adjust, squeeze the lever, and check. Repeat as many times as you need to...