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Old 07-31-10, 08:15 PM   #1
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brakes for a kid's scooter

I rescued a "Magna Overburst" from a curbside giveaway today. My two little boys are thrilled. This has 12" pneumatic wheels and looks very similar to this scooter by Torker: http://www.torkerusa.com/bikes/kids/2010-scooters

Problem is, both front and rear brakes are busted. How do you twist caliper arms? ! Anyway, anyone know of a source for these low-grade long reach calipers? Are they just BMX calipers brakes?
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Old 07-31-10, 09:29 PM   #2
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If they don't have posts to mount the center pull style BMX cantilever style brakes then side pull BMX brakes would very likely be the cheap fix. When googled I found some $10 BMX sidepulls from jensonusa.com.
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I rescued a "Magna Overburst" from a curbside giveaway today. My two little boys are thrilled. This has 12" pneumatic wheels and looks very similar to this scooter by Torker: http://www.torkerusa.com/bikes/kids/2010-scooters

Problem is, both front and rear brakes are busted. How do you twist caliper arms? ! Anyway, anyone know of a source for these low-grade long reach calipers? Are they just BMX calipers brakes?
Real low-grade replacement calipers can occasionally be found in department stores, but it's for darn sure you're not going to get help with determining the reach! Long-reach BMX calipers can be substituted, and will probably work far better than the originals.
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Sounds good. I will acquire some BMX-style calipers post-haste. I also found on craig's list someone selling a nearly identical one (diff brand, of course) for a whopping $20, so it looks like both boys will be able to scoot around the yard. Thanks!
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Forget the brakes and buy them new shoes with good rubber. They probably won't use the brakes anyway.
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