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Old 07-18-07, 03:04 PM   #1
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Friction rub brakes to mechanical disk brakes help

i have a schwinn hera and i was wondering the best and most efficient way to convert to disk brakes. is it possible and what advantages to disk brakes have
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Old 07-18-07, 03:16 PM   #2
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Here we go again.

Not wanting to come off as a snob, but the truth is any bike purchased at Canadian Tire or X-mart isn't going to be worth upgrading. Schwinn was bought out by Pacific (purveyor of cheap garbage) several years ago and while they still do sell decent bikes at the Bike Shop level they don't sell them at X-mart. Schwinn has gone from a premier brand to at best a second tier label (at a bike shop level) based largely on the crap they sell at X-mart

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Old 07-18-07, 03:27 PM   #3
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my bike is worth 700 at united cycle. it works just fien
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my bike is worth 700 at united cycle. it works just fien
Canadian Tire sold it for $349 last summer and the link you gave lists it at $500 CAD it isn't worth $700 anywhere.

Altus and Tourney for $700 bucks? Yeah right. IF that's the truth then you got robbed
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it works for what i use it for and some wone who uses a specializer prefers it.
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spell check?

...about disc brakes-

from an old quote on bike forums... i used to have the exact quote/author but deleted it... but it goes like this-

"think of putting disc brakes on a schwinn to putting nitrous on a shopping cart."


oh btw, how do your v-brakes work right now?
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would the schwinn even have mounts for discs?
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it works for what i use it for and some wone who uses a specializer prefers it.
I hear those specializers are some nice bikes. but definitely not as nice as an xmart schwinn p.o.s.

Go ahead and waste the money if you want too. but the only thing your schwinn is worth 700 of is yen, which is about $5.74 USD.
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it works for what i use it for and some wone who uses a specializer prefers it.
If it works for what you use it for then why bother with disc brakes?
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Sorry. I'll have to agree with everyone else. It's really not worth it. The brakes will be worth almost as much as the whole bike. Unless you get some really crappy low end discs, in which case the v-brakes you have now will be way better anyway. Your bike though, do what you want. No one here is insulting your bike. It just simply isn't worth upgrading to discs.

Having said that, to answer a few of your questions.......Disc brakes(good ones) are often more powerful, modulate better and are virtually unaffected by wet weather.
You would need to have disc brake tabs on the frame for the rear brake and on the fork for the front. You would also need disc brake compatible wheels.
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thanks for the responses, ill wait before i upgrade my bikes to upgrade my brakes
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Correct me if I'm wrong but I think all brakes are "Friction rub brakes"
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Correct me if I'm wrong but I think all brakes are "Friction rub brakes"
That is incorrect.
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That is incorrect.
Oh, okay. I'm wrong.

V-Brakes
U-Brakes
Cantilever brakes
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Hmm...they all cause friction when the "stopper" is rubbed against the "stop'ee".
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That is incorrect.
Friction stops every bike whether it be v-brakes, disc, or even your feet. Is this not obvious??? Never heard the term "friction rub" before. The OP's title made me laugh but I chose not to say anything.
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Friction stops every bike whether it be v-brakes, disc, or even your feet. Is this not obvious??? Never heard the term "friction rub" before. The OP's title made me laugh but I chose not to say anything.
wrong. not if you stick a log in the spokes, or a leg, hand or arm.
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wrong. not if you stick a log in the spokes, or a leg, hand or arm.
WRONG. The tire still stops with friction between itself and the ground. The stick arm or leg simply stops the wheel. Nice try.
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WRONG. The tire still stops with friction between itself and the ground. The stick arm or leg simply stops the wheel. Nice try.
If you run your bike into a brick wall no friction there
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If you run your bike into a brick wall no friction there
Now you're confusing braking with breaking. Running into a brick wall is a fine example of the latter
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Now you're confusing braking with breaking. Running into a brick wall is a fine example of the latter
I'm just screwing around I wasn't serious
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Somehow you thought I was?
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This place could use a chat room.
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This place is a chat room . . . especially on slow days.
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Yeah thats what I'm saying. I guess if the mods have no problems with it lets chat away. Some boards are very strict on it though.
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Yeah thats what I'm saying. I guess if the mods have no problems with it lets chat away. Some boards are very strict on it though.
Err there's always Gabbly http://gabbly.com/bikeforums.net
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