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Old 05-04-08, 10:22 PM   #1
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barrel adjuster dilemma...

I have a two pairs of nice 80's vintage single pivot brake calipers (Gran Compe Royal Compe and Shimano 600) but neither pair has a good set of barrel adjusters. I looked around here, and Google, and it seems the only replacement is a set from Campagnolo at $25 each! At $50 for a pair of them I can buy some pretty decent brakes - are these brakes really pretty much worthless without these adjusters? I do have one set of adjusters, but the threads are beat up on them and they won't 'adjust' anymore.

Sell all 4 on eBay for ???, or keep and wait and see??? Any suggestions?
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Old 05-04-08, 11:16 PM   #2
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You can use barrell adjusters from newer stuff on the 600's... not sure about the other ones...
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You can use barrell adjusters from newer stuff on the 600's... not sure about the other ones...
They both use the Campagnolo NR type adjusters. I wish the arms were threaded to accept adjusters from newer brakes, but they have a 'D' shaped hole that the adjuster sits in. With the cables off the bike the adjusters simply fall out of the hole. No one has ever drilled the hole out a little then tapped it to accept the threaded in adjusters?
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Thanks! I have the 6207 version, and what you describe is exactly what these adjusters are doing. I'll try the liquid wrench.
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For aluminum pieces bonded together, soak in an ammonium solution, this will dissolve the aluminum oxide and allow you to separate the pieces.
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Why not just go with a nice set of inline adjusters?

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They both use the Campagnolo NR type adjusters. I wish the arms were threaded to accept adjusters from newer brakes, but they have a 'D' shaped hole that the adjuster sits in. With the cables off the bike the adjusters simply fall out of the hole. ...
It's a common problem. Wasn't part of the reason for that kind of adjuster that they work really well? The original ones were stainless steel or something, and had a big adjusting nut with a rubber ring embedded. I think you can take a common aluminum barrel adjuster and file a flat spot onto it and it will work well enough; better if you can make a larger adjusting nut.

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... No one has ever drilled the hole out a little then tapped it to accept the threaded in adjusters?
I haven't tried that; but it seems to me the hole is too big for that to work really well; but if you don't drill it, you might be able to get enough thread --mainly on the flat spot-- that the regular threaded adjuster will hold.

Speaking of taps... is this the thread size of the 'regular threaded adjuster'?
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