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Old 07-12-12, 05:23 PM   #1
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Sources for brake parts?

I haven't had a bike in almost 45 years but just got one a couple weeks ago. I just rescued a bike from the dumpster! It's an old 10 speed Raliegh and it looks like it says "Luner Record" on the tube that really puts a hurt on young boys who slip. I'll try not to ever do that again. The bike was only a 5 speed when I got it, but that is fixed. We are back to a 10 speed. The front wheel need to be trued REAL bad. Couldn't use the front brake it was so bad. There was no seat or seat stem, so that was job #1. After truing the wheel, I was still having a bit of a time with the front brake. When I took it apart I found the shaft that the brake handles pivot on was snapped in two. Does anyone know of a parts supplier for this part? I don't know if you can just go to a bike shop and get parts for old bikes. It seems like today, you just toss things away.



One more question. I took off the front fork and didn't think about balls falling out. LOL Any idea how many balls I should have? I managed to find and clean 42 of them. Can I get these in a bike shop if I need more?

I'd love it if you say, "Just run to the bike shop. They can order one (or two)." Thanks. This is my first bike since my Huffy back in 1956, so I guess you can say I'm a newbee. ;-) Thanks for your help.
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Old 07-12-12, 06:03 PM   #2
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So many questions.

It has been a while since I've serviced a headset, I am remembering 13 top and bottom... Someone will set me straight.

This is a great place to start.
http://sheldonbrown.com/headsets.html
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Old 07-12-12, 06:05 PM   #3
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Well, welcome back to the fold! I think it would be much easier to simply replace the brake lever than to try to find that part. Are you able to post a picture of the whole good lever? And how about a picture of the whole bike while you're at it?

Yes, a bike shop should be able to sell you a handful of bearings. I don't remember the number but with headsets you should have a couple fewer than the max that will fit. Someone else can probably supply the exact no.
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That part is called a "stud for pull-up bolt" and is available in two versions. The one you have is the long version designed to attach Safety Levers (aka Suicide Levers or Turkey Wings). They are also available in a short version for use without Safety Levers. You can get the long versions included with a set of Safety Levers on eBay, and sometimes both the long and short versions come up for sale separately (usually for about the same price as for those with the levers included). In most cases though it is cheapest to pirate them from an old set of brake levers, something a good local bike shop or co-op should have lots of hanging around.


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The easiest fix is probably to replace the whole lever assembly. If there's a bike co-op nearby, chances are you could pick up a replacement lever (or pair) for a song. The pivot in your picture looks like the type designed for "safety" lever extensions to allow braking from the top of the bars. That design has been deprecated for many years, so now may be your chance to move on to standard levers.
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So many questions.

It has been a while since I've serviced a headset, I am remembering 13 top and bottom... Someone will set me straight.

This is a great place to start.
http://sheldonbrown.com/headsets.html
It must have been a long time. More like 25.
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There is the lever assembly. I shined it up a bit. I mean, the bike is no big deal, but I want to look ok and want it functional/safe.

I tried to post a pic of the bike (it's in parts), but it tells me the file is too big - 2.23. Oh well.....
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Might it be a super record?

Any bike shop, except the one here in SL, can sell you a headset cage bearing race, about $4.50.
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Oddjob, I guess that may be Super. Makes more sense than "Luner". I guess that's just a fancy way of making an "S"? This is scraped up, scratched up and was pretty beat when I picked it up from the land fill.

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