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    Advice Needed: adding front brake to undrilled track fork

    Hello all,

    New to the forum and have just gotten my first FG bike and want to put a front brake on it. It's a track bike with a carbon fork and is undrilled for brakes. I've heard there is a problem solver ring that I can use to suspend cantilever brakes from the steerer tube - is that correct and is that the best option for a front brake?

    thanks in advance for your wisdom


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    I sure can't find anything like that on their web site. Look at problemsolversbike.com and find the product that you think you need. or do you mean to suspend the brake cable from the steerer?
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    Yes that would be the plan - suspend the cable from the steerer, but definitely open to suggestions that don't involve drilling!

    thinking of something like this:

    http://www.realcyclist.com/problem-s...8-001b2166becc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elektra View Post
    New to the forum and have just gotten my first FG bike and want to put a front brake on it.
    You want to Google for something like 'keirin front calipers.' Here's one example.

    Edit: the link above says "not compatible with carbon forks," so buyer beware.

    Another option: coaster brakes. Seriously.

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    carbon fork and drill?
    I think you are SOL, unless it's a cheap fork and has a metal crown, that's where all the tubes join up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elektra View Post
    Yes that would be the plan - suspend the cable from the steerer, but definitely open to suggestions that don't involve drilling!

    thinking of something like this:

    http://www.realcyclist.com/problem-s...8-001b2166becc
    All that thing does is act as a cable housing stop for cantilever and V-brakes which are mounted on bosses built into the fork legs. It does not support the brakes themseves.

    I agree with AEO, you are hosed unless the fork has an aluminum crown. If it's all carbon, there is only one way around the problem; get a different fork.

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    We used to use a piece (two) of a wheel rim, then put a brake in the back, since has a hole already no drilling necessary. U use the brake bolt to hold it all together against the seat stays. 10 minutes job if you know what are u doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ultraman6970 View Post
    We used to use a piece (two) of a wheel rim, then put a brake in the back, since has a hole already no drilling necessary. U use the brake bolt to hold it all together against the seat stays. 10 minutes job if you know what are u doing.
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    Japan has a special brake to do road training on the Race Keirin bikes, clamps around the fork blades .. probably steel .

    But if this is a fixie street thing, just buy the right fork. with a brake mount hole .
    or save the bike for the velodrome.
    some fashions are not safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Japan has a special brake to do road training on the Race Keirin bikes, clamps around the fork blades .. probably steel .

    But if this is a fixie street thing, just buy the right fork. with a brake mount hole .
    or save the bike for the velodrome.
    some fashions are not safe.
    Bingo.

    EAI is one of the companies that make clamp on brakes for Keirin bikes, however, they are known to be quite flexy when braking.
    The link posted earlier is where you want to go.

    I'd just get a new fork...

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    J..., just buy the right fork. with a brake mount hole .
    or save the bike for the velodrome.
    some fashions are not safe.
    ^^ ditto, simplest solution.
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