Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: SW Ohio
Bikes: Puch Marco Polo, Saint Tropez, Masi Gran Criterium
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There are a lot of little adjustments that an experienced bike mechanic can do to optimize side pull brakes. It sounds like you are getting close but just not nailing all the tricks to perfection yet. You said you are playing around with the angles: just what do you mean? Are you talking about centering the brake? , Toeing in the pads? Are you adjusting the pads to the rim sidewalls well? Are you using new housing? Did you retighten the cable,
I have to run out now, but, post back here more specifics of what you''ve tried and what kind of tools are you using to do the job?