This bike is on the newish side for C&V, but I think the people in this forum have probably dealt with this more often than in any others.
I am looking for ideas about brakes for building up my step through frame. I know traditionally that step through frames had brakes with alternative cable routing...
Does anyone have any creative ways they have implemented braking systems on step through builds?
I am building up a Nishiki Sport step through bike from 1989, that based on my understanding was a drop bar bike, and I will be building it up as a rail trail rider with a north road type handle bar. It should make a nice rider, since the main tubes are butted cromo, and has a cromo fork as well.
I haven't checked reach measurements yet, so I am not sure what my limitations are there. I will post details in this thread in the next few days.
I am definitely willing to drill out the fork if necessary, but a little less confident of drilling for the rear.
I have several single pivot side pull calipers to choose from... However, I am actually leaning toward dual pivot side pull if possible. I think I have a set of tri-color dual pivots that I could drill for... but regardless of what brakes I use, I am mostly concerned about the routing for the rear brake cable since if I have one, I have heard that the alternate routing on the rear makes the brake cable susceptible to moisture problems...
My current thought is to potentially follow the example of some of the modern(ish) Campagnolo groups, and install dual pivot on the front, and single pivot on the rear... but, in my case, not to save a few grams, but out of necessity. Since it allows me to use an existing rear brake with alternate cable routing.
Am I missing any other possibilities? Any examples of what has worked for you on your builds? Does anyone know of affordable dual pivots that allow for alternate cable routing (either modern or vintage)? As another possibility, has anyone come up with a good way to use center pulls on a step through?