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Old 09-17-09, 01:35 PM   #1
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Heresy: Brake options for SS conversion

I converted an old Schwinn World Sport to a fixed gear the I have been happy with for the last six months, but my new commute has a few very long steep hills, and I have flopped to the freewheel side so I can do some coasting on the way down.

I replaced the horrible old 27in wheels for 700c, and the guy at the LBS found an old caliper brake that would reach the front. But with no skid, I'm not stopping by fat a** as quickly as I would like.

I'm looking for some options for a decent rear brake or a front/rear brake setup that will reach all the way down to the new 700c's. The Tectro R556 extra long reach that I bought don't do the trick. Any other options anybody recommends?
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Old 09-17-09, 01:49 PM   #2
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You're right to look for a rear brake to put on your SS, since a backup is always nice. But if you can't stop as quickly with a front brake as you could skidding, then you need to practice using a front brake.
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http://www.yellowjersey.org/single.html
http://www.yellowjersey.org/mbs.html
http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?pid=1294675

I recently went with a Dia-Compe 1020 side-pull, as I didn't want to use a drop bolt.
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You're right to look for a rear brake to put on your SS, since a backup is always nice. But if you can't stop as quickly with a front brake as you could skidding, then you need to practice using a front brake.
He's switching to the freewheel side which means no skidding which means a rear brake isn't heresy, it's smart.

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I have a set of Tektro R538s and the stock pads are pretty useless, even for my 160lb self. Try out a set of Kool Stop pads + make sure everything is adjusted right and it should work better.
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You might want to try these >>>> http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/b...ers.html#74-95
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I tend to use rear brake for speed modulation (especially on high speed descents) and the front for main stopping power, but when I do brake hard, I hit both (70% power front, 30% rear).

For SS. Do it. I recently did the same thing. Switched to SS due to a 4km descent on my daily commute. Spinning practice is good and all, but after changing to SS it's so much more relaxing and faster than I can do fixed.
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Thanks everybody. Ordered those extra long reaches and a set of cool stops front and back. Looking forward to setting it up. Hope this helps. It's hard to ride fast when you have to worry about slowing down.
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Thats what happens when you switch from 27's to 700's.
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It seems like instead of throwing set after set of loooong reach calipers at the job, a different approach is required.

I would mount a shorter reach caliper of good quality with a drop bolt. Not as pretty, but nobody's studying your brakes (and anyone that is is going to agree that an aesthetically unpleasant but practical solution is more important than one that looks pretty [not that those BMX calipers look pretty... yech] but doesn't work).
You don't need the clearance for fenders or big tires, so just move your brake in closer where it can stop things to its heart's content.
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