I just bought an old nishiki road bike that has side-pull brakes. The brake pads are the bolt-on kind with a washer and bolt. No matter how much I play around with them, I can't get the brake pads to be at the right angle so that the complete surface of the pad hits the rim. I've been looking at some guides online and found this:
"...carefully align the pad so that it strikes the rim squarely when the brake is applied. This usually means manipulating spacers and/or washers, which allow angling the pad to strike the rim properly."
But I'm not sure what they mean by "manipulating". Thank you for reading and for your help!