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    Got a Q for front brake riders

    ok, so I have my front brake on my bike and I have a major issue...when I pick up the bike, , move it around while not on it, etc, the handlebars swing around whatnot. Because I have brake, if the handlebars swing around to the left, it's all good because the front brake's barrel adjuster is on the right side of the brake, so nothing makes contact with the downtube. Now, if the handlebars swing around to the right, the barrel adjuster will slam into the downtube, with quite some force since I have heavy Nitto drops on the bike. So far this has caused a dent in my downtube. Is this just a terrible design flaw of road caliper brakes?

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    Yes, It is bad design... I just wrapped a little piece of foam around the down tube where it makes contact and wrapped it real tight with electrical tape... poor mans tt/dt protector.

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    Yep. Tape.

    Due to this, my bike needs a touch-up.

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    my bike HAD the same problem when it was freewheel... I have a nice little 'dot' there

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    My D/A caliper has a little rubber bumper on the barrel. You could get some of those clear bumper things from a dollar store or something and stick it on there.

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    Bullhorns.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Irwin Goldstein
    Men should never ride bicycles. Riding should be banned and outlawed. It is
    the most irrational form of exercise I could ever bring to discussion.

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    ^ have nothing to do with this thread.
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    you need an oldschool cantilever brake

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    ^i.e. "deathbrake"

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    Quote Originally Posted by matthavener
    you need an oldschool cantilever brake

    He's right. My weinmann centerpull makes up for style with its pure utility. Sidepulls are tempermental and for wannabe roadies, mainly to fulfill the "wannabe" label.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aeroplane
    Bullhorns.
    Quote Originally Posted by matthavener
    you need an oldschool cantilever brake
    welcome to my bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by baxtefer
    ^ have nothing to do with this thread.
    yeah it does. on many bikes, bullhorns won't cause the front wheel to swing around quite so much. that's been my experience anyway. the only time my brake dealie was scratching my paint was when i had drops... and when i had a brake.
    the hipster myth.

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    Well, I ride 'horns and the paint is chipped on the downtube from the adjuster. But a dent??? Did the bike fall over onto the bars or what?
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    (bullhorns)
    Quote Originally Posted by baxtefer
    ^ have nothing to do with this thread.
    Ahhh, now I understand. I was thinking the lever itself was hitting the downtube. Smartass quickly becomes just ass.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Irwin Goldstein
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    the most irrational form of exercise I could ever bring to discussion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KrazieF00
    ok, so I have my front brake on my bike and I have a major issue...when I pick up the bike, , move it around while not on it, etc, the handlebars swing around whatnot. Because I have brake, if the handlebars swing around to the left, it's all good because the front brake's barrel adjuster is on the right side of the brake, so nothing makes contact with the downtube. Now, if the handlebars swing around to the right, the barrel adjuster will slam into the downtube, with quite some force since I have heavy Nitto drops on the bike. So far this has caused a dent in my downtube. Is this just a terrible design flaw of road caliper brakes?
    most caliper brakes have a little rubber protector at its neck to prevent this from happening. mine doesnt, so i got some barwrap and wrapped it on the DT.. no biggie

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    my bullhorns prevent the hit as well. but there are variables like bullhorn type and stack height.

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    umm, why not just try to control your bike, carry it on your shoulder front wheel down? I've never had a problem with this...

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    Little tape will not hurt
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