The other week I was replacing the brake cable on my cantilever brakes, and ended up stripping the threads for the anchor bolt. -the threads on the brake arm itself (not the bolt)
Ended up buying new brakes... ohwell
Just now today, I was working on my brother's bike adjusting his brakes, and once again stripped the threads out of the brake arm's anchor bolt hole.
I don't *think* I'm being unreasonable with torque, I hand tighten the anchor bolts with a 6inch crescent wrench.
Maybe the fact that the brakes are made of aluminum and I'm using steel bolts doesn't help?
Any advice or tips on how I can avoid doing the same thing in the future?
I don't have a torque wrench...