Singlespeed & Fixed Gear - Mark V front brake recommendation?
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It looks like I'm going to have to pick up a front brake. Somehow the caliper that my cousin was going to give me got lost. What size/reach brake should I be looking for for my Mark V? Also, I'd appreciate any advice on what model I should get, and an online retailer I can find it at. Ideally I'd just like to buy a single caliper. Thanks in advance.
11-13-05, 07:15 PM
i have a tektro. you can have it. i no longer need it. if it works i'll mail it to you
If it is the new straight blade fork, it will need a long reach brake. If curved, I think the same.
11-13-05, 11:08 PM
Is that a Raleigh Super Course Mark V or something else?
11-13-05, 11:08 PM
you're going to want a long reach caliper. I bought a current generation Sora brake and it didnt have enough reach. One pad would rub the tire. My remedy? Cut half the brake block off so it wouldn't rub.
I run brakeless now so I dont have that problem.
So far I've really enjoyed riding brakeless - it's liberating and exciting. However, I routinely come across a couple of steep hills that run down into busy intersections. I'll probably get better at coming to a complete stop in time (since I've been riding fixed for a grand total of 3 days). However, I don't think I will ever run brakeless while I'm frequenting major streets in Boston at night. I'll always have a brake for the off chance that it would prevent me from getting killed or seriously injured.
11-13-05, 11:44 PM
If you're looking to cheap out, roll on over to Broadway Bicycle School at 351 Broadway in Cambridge and pick through the used bins. Can't go wrong. That's what I did and it's served me well, despite being a rear brake.
broadway is awesome, i've been there several times. as i am looking to cheap out, i'll likely try and get over there wednesday morning. that is unless riding the t for two more days causes me to take my own life.
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