Join Date: Jul 2000
Bikes: 1959 Capo; 1980 Peugeot PKN-10; 1981 Bianchi; 1988 Schwinn KOM-10;
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First, unhook the brake cable, to make sure that one side really is binding, and is not being overpowered by the other. If it is binding, proceed to step 1, below. If not, try step 2.
1) Clean and lubricate the pivot point in question. Next, examine the construction of the pivot and the bolt. In many systems, the unthreaded shoulder of the bolt should be just long enough to accommodate the pivot bushings without binding; in others, you will have to back off slightly for proper operation. In the latter case, there should be a lock nut or some other system to hold the adjustment and to keep the bolt from coming loose.
2) Many cantilever brake systems have a small adjustment provision on ONE side, to help with centering.
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Capo [dschaw'-poe]: 1959 Modell Campagnolo, S/N 40324; 1960 Sieger, S/N 42624
Peugeot: 1970 UO-8, S/N 0010468
Bianchi: 1981 Campione d'Italia, S/N 1.M9914
Schwinn: 1988 Project KOM-10, S/N F804069