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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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    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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    my bike is worth 700 at united cycle. it works just fien

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtnbiker View Post
    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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    Think of putting disk brakes on your schwinn to be like putting nitrous on a shopping cart.
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    would the schwinn even have mounts for discs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtnbiker View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtnbiker View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
    Correct me if I'm wrong but I think all brakes are "Friction rub brakes"
    That is incorrect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickds7 View Post
    That is incorrect.
    Oh, okay. I'm wrong.

    V-Brakes
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    Hmm...they all cause friction when the "stopper" is rubbed against the "stop'ee".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickds7 View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by rydaddy View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by alumrock12 View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by rydaddy View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by iwantakona View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Raiyn View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by iwantakona View Post
    I'm just screwing around I wasn't serious
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by dminor View Post
    This place is a chat room . . . especially on slow days.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by iwantakona View Post
    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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