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    Re: Adjusting the brakes on a

    Quote Originally Posted by Calf View Post
    I hate cantis with a passion impossible to set up how you want em.
    Not impossible, it just requires patience and a bit of understanding of how they work. Read Sheldon Brown's advice here.

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    Re: Adjusting the brakes on a

    Nope I refuse to believe its possible and shall not hear another word.

    Stolly brakes do need adjusting alot. Especially if its wet when you've been out. I got thru a new set of pads on my road bike during a very very wet weekend in the lake district.
    If you've got the cash and intend on doing lots of cycling its worth getting some discs. Last ageeeees longer and really easy to adjust

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    Re: Adjusting the brakes on a

    Quote Originally Posted by Calf View Post
    Nope I refuse to believe its possible and shall not hear another word.

    Stolly brakes do need adjusting alot. Especially if its wet when you've been out. I got thru a new set of pads on my road bike during a very very wet weekend in the lake district.
    If you've got the cash and intend on doing lots of cycling its worth getting some discs. Last ageeeees longer and really easy to adjust
    I agree, but if you dont want to stretch to discs at least go to Vee brakes.
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    Re: Adjusting the brakes on a

    Quote Originally Posted by Ambrosia Kid View Post
    I agree, but if you dont want to stretch to discs at least go to Vee brakes.
    Thanks very much for your help everyone - I sort of know what to do now . Its all about trial and error, fiddle-faddle to space the brake pads the right height, angle and distance from the wheel rim. Managed to do it okayish just now although it took me almost 20 minutes.

    My bike is really old and lumbering and I don't want to spend money on it changing the brakes if I can help it!

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    Re: Adjusting the brakes on a

    Quote Originally Posted by Ambrosia Kid View Post
    I am worried , you have come over all sensible ML good answer. You could upgrade to discs though stolly, allthough you would have to open your wallet
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    Re: Adjusting the brakes on a

    Quote Originally Posted by Stolly View Post
    Thanks very much for your help everyone - I sort of know what to do now . Its all about trial and error, fiddle-faddle to space the brake pads the right height, angle and distance from the wheel rim. Managed to do it okayish just now although it took me almost 20 minutes.

    My bike is really old and lumbering and I don't want to spend money on it changing the brakes if I can help it!
    20 mins is a good time for brake faffing, like Calf says, cantis are painful, but practice makes perfect, ever thought of taking up running, less equipment to go wrong Happy cycling and hope your back running fit soon
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    Re: Adjusting the brakes on a

    Quote Originally Posted by merrylegs View Post
    ...ever thought of taking up running
    Just off for another 'see if it still hurts' experimental run now.

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    Re: Adjusting the brakes on a

    Brakes are for wimps anyway.

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    Re: Adjusting the brakes on a

    Stolly, you are going to struggle getting truly impressive stopping power out of those (Shimano ?) slimline canti's - the very things that feed anti-canti-phobia like dear old Calf's.
    Have a look at www.zepnat.co.uk and their Tektro CR520's ( just 32 for a complete bike set - what you already have costs 20 / wheel ). I've had mine on the cyclo-cross bike for 4 weeks and they are a revelation. Several guys on the 3Peakscyclocross.org.uk forum are raving about them. If you take the plunge, go another 20 and upgrade to Koolstop Salmon & Black dual compound brake blocks.
    And as 'nobbutalad' says - Sheldon Brown (RIP) is the guru. And he praises the CR520's. Also google for Keith Bontrager and his canti set-up pages.
    Last edited by wheezing donkey; 13-07-2008 at 03:54 PM.

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    Re: Adjusting the brakes on a

    Or, 27 for a pair of Shimano LX V brakes and levers which seem to be a doddle to set up,

    http://www.on-one-shop.co.uk/acatalo...And_V_336.html

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