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Old 04-30-21, 07:29 PM
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Old cantilever brakes need to be setup with a “toe-in” brake pad. Most people use a coin... dime, penny, nickel, or a washer or anything that will hold the rear of the brake pad further from the rim than the front.

I’ve never found that one setup lasts the life of the brake pads. When they start to squeal, you have to re-visit the setup.

Sometimes cleaning the pads and rim will help, but it has always required tweaks as the pads wear.

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