Fitting thicker brake pads to cantilever brakes - straddle cable adjustment required?
This might be a dumb question so apologies in advance but...
I need to replace the worn pads on my bike - a Kona Jake the Snake 2010 - which has Kore Race cantilever brakes, but the new pads are somewhat thicker than the old pads so I can't fit them without loosening and adjusting the brake's straddle cable at the pinch-bolt, but this means that the cable hanger is no longer exactly centred over the wheel - does that matter or do I need to adjust the cable hanger too so that it is centred? I can fit thinner brake pads but the Koolstop Eagles that I've bought look like they'll last longer.
For best braking performance, you should center the hanger while you're at it. Obviously, if it's just a tad off, say 2-3 mm, I don't think the difference in performance will be noticeable. I also doubt if anyone could give a generally agreed on value on exactly when adjustment is required. But since it's a no-cost, minimum effort kind of tweak I'd do it for peace of mind if nothing else.
Yep, you just have to do the work and center them. Kool Stop Eagles are a *great* brake shoe.
Thanks for the advice guys