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Old 06-02-17, 12:54 AM
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proper brake pads for old cantilever brakes

this seems like a basic question, but I have been restoring an old gary fisher mountain bike and one of the last things I am trying to do is get new pads on the cantilever brakes. I bought what I now think are pads for v-brakes because the bolt was not long enough for the nut to catch more than a thread. In response, I dug up some thinner spacers than the ones they came with and got the nut tightened on with a couple threads. Nevertheless, I am not able to get the pads adjusted with the proper toe at their adjustment limit and they continue to squeal. Can someone point me in the direction of the proper pads? All the bike shops I go into want to offer me more v-brake pads.
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Had a similar problem but was able to use the old hardware to expose sufficient thread. The concave "washers" on the new set were double the size of the originals.
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One of the old spacers was probably a the spacer used to adjust the toe-in of the brake pads. It would have been specially milled on one side than the other to accomplish this. If you can't use that then you need to find pads that will fit or grind-down (or file) one edge of the new spacers so that you can adjust the toe-in. You should be able to find replacement pads that fit so you can use the old spacers though.

Koolstop probably has them: http://www.koolstop.com/english/rim_pads.html


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Originally Posted by joedab View Post
All the bike shops I go into want to offer me more v-brake pads.
...because the brakes pictured in your post above take v-brake type pads with a threaded post.
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Those are not older style canti; they are newer style canti's that take V-brake style pads.
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Try Kool Stops with the plow tip -- Thinline, Supra 2 or Eagle 2. Those are pretty much self adjusting for toe-in, and available in the pad types you need.

I use the Eagle 2 pads on back with my older canti brakes. I had 'em on front for awhile but there wasn't enough clearance between the fork and wheel to drop and replace the wheel without deflating the tire. Now I use Jagwire thin line pads on front, but those were a bit fussier to adjust the toe-in. They still squeal a bit right after a fresh cleaning if I use rubbing alcohol on the rims and pads, but the squealing stops after a few braking cycles. Good pads, though, just as good as the Kool Stops and less expensive.
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