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Old 04-07-13, 11:33 PM   #1
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Stainless Steel brake parts?

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Can anyone please advise where in the UK, I can find ( non rusting ) Stainless Steel or similar, components for a bicycle brake system?

I refer to the 90 degree tubes where the brake cable meets the caliper assy and the metal cross piece which secures the open end of the outer cable, where the inner cable exits to the opposite arm of the caliper. Sorry, I do not know the technical names for these parts.

This is the type of caliper assy, where the caliper arms point upwards and are pulled together by the operation of the cable.

Enquiries at local cycle shops have proved fruitless and items found in places like Ebay, which the seller claims are SS and will not rust, do.

Any input on this question would be appreciated.
Thank you Pauline.
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Old 04-08-13, 01:23 AM   #2
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I refer to the 90 degree tubes where the brake cable meets the caliper assy ...Sorry, I do not know the technical names for these parts.
Sounds like you're talking about a v-brake noodle.

Can't say rusting has ever been a problem on mine. What kind of environment do you ride/store your bike in for this to be an issue?

What you could do I suppose is to get a travel agent (rosebikes.co.uk calls them brake converters) and run them in simple pulley mode. They're mainly aluminium, but it should be possible to replace the center screw with a SS version if you're stubborn enough.

They're available elsewhere too, but at higher cost.

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....and the metal cross piece which secures the open end of the outer cable, where the inner cable exits to the opposite arm of the caliper. Sorry, I do not know the technical names for these parts.
This one I can't figure out. Are you talking about the kinda-sorta stirrup like bracket that the noodle hooks up to?
That's riveted to the brake and not normally seen as a replaceable item.
Only fix I can think of apart from some bespoke fabrication is to try different brakes until you stumble onto one with sufficiently corrosion resistant materials. If cost isn't a concern, a high-end Titanium v-brake should do the trick.
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Old 04-08-13, 01:24 AM   #3
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Inexpensive V brake noodles are made of steel, better ones are alloy and do not rust.
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As mentioned, the saddle bit is part of the brake caliper, although you should be able to find the noodle as a spare.

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This is the type of caliper assy, where the caliper arms point upwards and are pulled together by the operation of the cable.

Enquiries at local cycle shops have proved fruitless and items found in places like Ebay, which the seller claims are SS and will not rust, do.
Brakes with hardware made of SS or plated with something that doesn't flake like chrome does are likely to be fairly high-end. I've got some 600 (Shimano's second-tier road group) brakes from the 80s here that have chromed rather than SS hardware, and it's a bummer.
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Many thanks to you all for the prompt replies.
I will look into this question of " Alloy Noodles "
Thank you again, Pauline.
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Old 04-08-13, 06:00 AM   #6
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Also, make sure that you rinse any road salt/water from your bike after riding on the salted UK winter roads (shouldn't be a problem for you again for a good while, anyway ) - left on, it likes to *eat* bike bits.

You should also take a little time to put some light oil on a rag and just wipe over the bits which seem prone to rusting after making sure they're clean - doing this every now and then will help a lot by protecting them from moisture.
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