surly old man
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Carlisle, PA
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New cables and housings are a good bet.
-are the housing ends cleanly cut and square? A few mm's of movement there makes a difference.
-are any pivot points (on lever and the brake itself) crusty? Clean off crud and rust and lightly oil
-I assume this has cantis on the rear? If so, you might look into whether or not the straddle wire is too long or too short. Either causes the pad to hit the rim at less than the ideal 90 degree angle. If out of whack, this makes the brakes really, really hard to use sometimes.
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