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    Waiting for his CX YungBurke's Avatar
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    Jul 2008
    Atlanta, Georgia; Lewisburg Pennsyvania
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    Jamis Satellite, Motobecane Fantom Cross UNO, Fuji Team singlespeed
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    Having some trouble adjusting Dual Pivot Brakes

    I have a pair of Tektro dual pivots on my modern road bike, and I am having trouble getting them lined up. The braking is very spongy, and I cannot get the side which isn't directly connected to the cable centered on the rim. The trim screw will move it a bit, but not enough to keep the brakes from having to bend the rim laterally to get full pressure on the rim. Is there a way to tighten this side manually with the cable directly?
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    2008 Jamis Satellite- Fast road, racing, club rides, touring
    2009 Motobecane Fantom CX UNO- singletrack, fire roads, touring, urban riding
    1982 Fuji Team Singlespeed- dad's ride, coffee shop, screwing about

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    Senior Member Retro Grouch's Avatar
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    Feb 2004
    St Peters, Missouri
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    Rans Rockst (Retro rocket) Rans Enduro Sport (Retro racket) Hase Kettweisel Tandem (redundent recumbent), Merin Bear Valley (The gopher).
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    1. Disconnect the brake cable (important).
    2. Make sure that your wheel is bottomed in the dropouts.
    3. Back out the "centering screw" until it's about in the middle of it's range.
    4. Take a 5mm hex wrench, loosen the whole brake caliper and center it over the rim.
    5. Reconnect the brake cable and test pull the brake lever.
    6. Make whatever fine adjustment is necessary with the spring tension screw. (Shouldn't take very much.)

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