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Loose breaks?(5 posts)

Loose breaks?Bikewithadam
Jan 27, 2004 9:33 AM
Hey y'all.

I have 2002 Campy Record on my bike (I think 2002--whatver the first year they went to 10 speed was) and just brought it across the Atlantic to Italy in an airline carrying case. It's been a while since I've ridden and after assembling the bike here I noticed that the rear brake rotates somewhat on its mounting post that attaches to the frame. Tried tightening that down to no avail. Front brake is absolutely stationary. Rear seems to clamp wheel as normal when brake lever is squeezed. Tried readjusting cable tension, spring rate to no effect. Suggestions? Can I ride on it?


re: Loose breaks?laffeaux
Jan 27, 2004 10:15 AM
Did you tighten the allen bolt that holds the brake to the frame? If the brake is loose it has to be that. Look for a bolt that comes off the back of the brake and through the brake bridge on the frame, and then tighten it.
re: Loose breaks?wooden legs
Jan 27, 2004 11:01 AM
.i had the same problem with my ultegras on my circle A. what worked for me (and don't ask why, i don't know) was taking off the rear wheel and rotating the brake caliper itself to tighten the bolt, then using an allen key in the bolt and my hand on the caliper rotate the bolt and the caliper back into alignment. i have no idea why this worked, but it did.
re: Loose breaks?laffeaux
Jan 27, 2004 11:31 AM
Once you have the brakes tight and nearly aligned, there is a small allen bolt on the brakes that can be used to fine tune the alignment. This is true on Shimano brakes, and I assume on Campy too.
re: Loose breaks?Bikewithadam
Jan 28, 2004 1:38 AM
Hmmm. I'll try rotating it while also tightening down the allen key. It is exactly that bolt running through the brake bridge on the frame that I tightened before, as best I can tell, as absolutely far down as it will go. This is why the brake rotation has me scratching my head. It's as if a lock washer fell off the other side, but the brakes were never removed, so that's impossible.

Could this be a spring problem inside the brake?