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    Weird brakes

    When I started out back in the 70s, centerpull brakes were the order of the day, usually mavic. What about the Paul Racer brake on for a loaded touring bike?

    http://www.paulcomp.com/

    Or what about Kogswell sidepulls.

    Just wondering about stuff actually designed to work with road levers.

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    Those are nice brakes but the cost is awfully high for my tastes:

    http://www.rivbike.com/webalog/brakes/15111.html

    These Diacomps cost almost exactly half as much. While they're not nearly the high zoot finish of the Paul stuff they're definitely a workable brake.

    And most people don't know just how nice a good set of centerpulls are because they only rode old nasty junk bikes with rusty cables on which the centerpulls were misadjusted.

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    I only have to buy one, if I buy any at all, I already have what I want on the rear. Even then I might just do what I did on my last tour and move the brales from my MTB, or whatever is staying behind.

    How do they attach? As I recall my old Peugeot, they attached by a single bolt where the fenders attach. In the Paul text they mention how they swore they were never going to use a single bolt, but have relented. So if they weren't center mounted on the crown, where would they be mounted?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peterpan1
    How do they attach? As I recall my old Peugeot, they attached by a single bolt where the fenders attach. In the Paul text they mention how they swore they were never going to use a single bolt, but have relented. So if they weren't center mounted on the crown, where would they be mounted?

    They mount through the pivots to the fork, sort of similar the cantilevers. Below is a pic of a Mariposa with centerpulls mounted in this fashion.
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