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Old 01-24-07, 10:28 PM   #1
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my first ss - questions about brakes

i recently puchased on old frame for a single speed conversion. i bought a 700c wheel with a bmx freewheel on it and some shimano600 brakes. i went to put the brakes on the rear and they wont fit and even if they did the reach was not long enough. am i doing something wrong? maybe a dumb question but i would appreciate some help. thanks!!
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Your old frame might have taken 27inch wheels and 700c are a bit smaller. Your Shimano 600 calipers are probably standard reach.. 39mm to 49mm?? or something like that.
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I measured the reach on my 27" single speed (which previously had fenders) and they're about 65-75mm. You can source long reach brakes on ebay sometimes, or a website called YellowJersey.
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even the hole drilled in the frame for the brakes to mount to is too small in diameter for the brakes to go thru...
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Old 01-24-07, 11:52 PM   #5
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Tektro makes pretty descent long reach (47-57mm), and extra long reach (55-73mm) calipers. You can get them for pretty cheap (just change out the pads if you get the lower end ones, the stock pads are crap).

As for the hole, it's for old style nutted brakes. You can used newer recessed brakes but you have to drill the hole out with a 5/16th bit. Use cutting fluid too, and be super patient or you can end up screwing up your drill.

http://sheldonbrown.com/gloss_ra-e.html#recessed
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