I dismantled my Dia Compe cantilever brakes to give them a thorough cleaning. When I reassembled, I installed with new levers, pads, and brake bridges. Now I'm just wondering about the best order of operations to get these adjusted correctly. I looked around, but I didn't see anything in the bikeforums archives. Any suggestions?
I've been to Sheldon's page at http://sheldonbrown.com/canti-trad.html but that doesn't really help me with a scratch setup.
Basically, should I tighten up my cables and then align my pads? Or vice-versa? Should I tighten those cables with the lever quick release in the "released" position? Also, Sheldon's page covers the mechanical advantage of this type of brake, but I can't find any "rule of thumb" documents for straddle cable length and such.
I've got a few too many variables, and limited time for fiddling. Thanks for any advice!