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Old 01-18-06, 05:01 PM   #1
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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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Old 01-18-06, 05:04 PM   #2
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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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Old 01-18-06, 05:05 PM   #3
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Yep. Tape.

Due to this, my bike needs a touch-up.
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Old 01-18-06, 05:11 PM   #4
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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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Old 01-18-06, 05:24 PM   #5
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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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Old 01-18-06, 07:57 PM   #6
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Bullhorns.
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^ have nothing to do with this thread.
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Old 01-18-06, 08:03 PM   #8
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you need an oldschool cantilever brake
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Old 01-18-06, 08:36 PM   #9
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^i.e. "deathbrake"
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Old 01-18-06, 10:06 PM   #10
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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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Bullhorns.
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you need an oldschool cantilever brake
welcome to my bike!
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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.
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Old 01-19-06, 02:44 PM   #13
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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)
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Ahhh, now I understand. I was thinking the lever itself was hitting the downtube. Smartass quickly becomes just ass.
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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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Old 01-19-06, 08:05 PM   #17
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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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