Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Bicycle Mechanics
Reload this Page >

Brake pad toe-in?

Notices
Bicycle Mechanics Broken bottom bracket? Tacoed wheel? If you're having problems with your bicycle, or just need help fixing a flat, drop in here for the latest on bicycle mechanics & bicycle maintenance.

Brake pad toe-in?

Old 02-20-20, 12:51 PM
  #1  
Tandem Tom
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: NE Ohio
Posts: 2,201

Bikes: 1992 Serotta Colorado II,Co-Motion Speedster, Giant Escape Hybrid, 1977 Schwinn Super Le Tour

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 310 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 37 Times in 31 Posts
Brake pad toe-in?

I usually use a coin to set the toe-in but wondering if anyone has a "tool" that attaches to the pad. I keep dropping the coins!!
Thanks!
Tandem Tom is offline  
Likes For Tandem Tom:
Old 02-20-20, 01:04 PM
  #2  
JohnDThompson 
Old fart
 
JohnDThompson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Appleton WI
Posts: 21,727

Bikes: Several, mostly not name brands.

Mentioned: 126 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2248 Post(s)
Liked 643 Times in 432 Posts
Jagwire makes one. I have no experience with it, though:


https://www.amazon.com/Jagwire-Brake.../dp/B007FWPD2Q
JohnDThompson is offline  
Likes For JohnDThompson:
Old 02-20-20, 01:12 PM
  #3  
79pmooney
A Roadie Forever
 
79pmooney's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 8,651

Bikes: (2) ti TiCycles, 2007 w/ triple and 2011 fixed, 1979 Peter Mooney, ~1983 Trek 420 now fixed and ~1973 Raleigh Carlton Competition gravel grinder

Mentioned: 100 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2392 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 833 Times in 562 Posts
Bend a piece of 3/32" flat bar (a couple of bucks at Home Depot) into a "U" and drop on the tire? That stuff is so useful I always have a scrap.
79pmooney is offline  
Old 02-20-20, 02:00 PM
  #4  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 24,863

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint, GT Timberline 29r

Mentioned: 103 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3721 Post(s)
Liked 843 Times in 587 Posts
Originally Posted by 79pmooney View Post
Bend a piece of 3/32" flat bar (a couple of bucks at Home Depot) into a "U" and drop on the tire? That stuff is so useful I always have a scrap.
huh? can't picture that. can you elaborate?
rumrunn6 is offline  
Old 02-20-20, 02:01 PM
  #5  
dsbrantjr
Senior Member
 
dsbrantjr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Roswell, GA
Posts: 7,556

Bikes: '93 Trek 750, '92 Schwinn Crisscross, '93 Mongoose Alta

Mentioned: 22 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1153 Post(s)
Liked 540 Times in 391 Posts
You can put a rubber band around the back of the brake pad as a spacer. You could also make a "C"-shaped tool out of coat hanger wire.
dsbrantjr is online now  
Old 02-20-20, 02:07 PM
  #6  
MNebiker
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: MN
Posts: 125
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 40 Post(s)
Liked 73 Times in 39 Posts
I use a piece of card stock - folded over to the desired thickness - and stick it to the rim with a strip of masking tape. Both hands free to make adjustments . . . .
MNebiker is offline  
Likes For MNebiker:
Old 02-20-20, 02:15 PM
  #7  
sdmc530
Heft On Wheels
 
sdmc530's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: South Dakota
Posts: 2,773

Bikes: Specialized,Cannondale,Argon 18

Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 746 Post(s)
Liked 303 Times in 223 Posts
Originally Posted by MNebiker View Post
I use a piece of card stock - folded over to the desired thickness - and stick it to the rim with a strip of masking tape. Both hands free to make adjustments . . . .

I also do this process with business cards. Work well and its FREE. The free part is my favorite!
sdmc530 is offline  
Old 02-20-20, 03:33 PM
  #8  
Tandem Tom
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: NE Ohio
Posts: 2,201

Bikes: 1992 Serotta Colorado II,Co-Motion Speedster, Giant Escape Hybrid, 1977 Schwinn Super Le Tour

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 310 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 37 Times in 31 Posts
I gave the rubber band idea a try and it works well. Thanks!
Tandem Tom is offline  
Old 02-20-20, 05:58 PM
  #9  
canklecat
Me duelen las nalgas
 
canklecat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Texas
Posts: 11,666

Bikes: Centurion Ironman, Trek 5900, Univega Via Carisma, Globe Carmel

Mentioned: 184 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3697 Post(s)
Liked 1,297 Times in 852 Posts
I use a rubber band or zip tie, whichever is easier to find amid the clutter.
canklecat is offline  
Likes For canklecat:
Old 02-20-20, 06:17 PM
  #10  
79pmooney
A Roadie Forever
 
79pmooney's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 8,651

Bikes: (2) ti TiCycles, 2007 w/ triple and 2011 fixed, 1979 Peter Mooney, ~1983 Trek 420 now fixed and ~1973 Raleigh Carlton Competition gravel grinder

Mentioned: 100 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2392 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 833 Times in 562 Posts
Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
huh? can't picture that. can you elaborate?
I'm thinking taking a 3/32 X 1/4" flat bar oh, say, 8" long, bending one end into a "u" to it over the tire, hanging down at the rear of the brake pad. Tweak the bar so it lays flat against the brake track. (You will need to stop the wheel with a toestrap or the like.) Then adjust the pad to hit both in front and at the flatbar. Flip around for the other pad.. (You could make irt a little longer and symmetrical to to both sides at the same time but I'm thinking one-sided makes it easy to rebend for different tires or rims.)

Ben
79pmooney is offline  
Likes For 79pmooney:
Old 02-21-20, 03:49 AM
  #11  
JoeTBM 
Droid on a mission
 
JoeTBM's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2018
Location: Palm Coast, FL
Posts: 445

Bikes: Diamondback Wildwood Classic

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 123 Post(s)
Liked 45 Times in 38 Posts
How about this, clamps to the rim, directional arrow for proper toe-in

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Super-B-TB-...72.m2749.l2649

__________________
JoeTBM (The Bike Man) - I'm a black & white type of guy, the only gray in my life is the hair on my head
www.TheBikeMenOfFlaglerCounty.com




JoeTBM is offline  
Likes For JoeTBM:
Old 02-21-20, 09:06 AM
  #12  
Wharf Rat
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: South Jersey
Posts: 119

Bikes: Cannondale ST400, Trek 750

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 44 Post(s)
Liked 13 Times in 13 Posts
I’m with canklecat, loose zip tie slid over back of the pad.
Wharf Rat is offline  
Old 02-21-20, 09:08 AM
  #13  
jadocs
Senior Member
 
jadocs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: USA
Posts: 1,673

Bikes: Ti, Mn Cr Ni Mo Nb, Al, C

Mentioned: 20 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 727 Post(s)
Liked 341 Times in 228 Posts
I use my eye, but good suggestions above.
jadocs is offline  
Old 02-21-20, 04:09 PM
  #14  
aggiegrads
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Sherwood, OR
Posts: 1,004
Mentioned: 19 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 191 Post(s)
Liked 102 Times in 75 Posts
Cut piece of inner tube. I have no use for 23mm tubes anyway.
aggiegrads is offline  
Old 02-21-20, 04:14 PM
  #15  
Tandem Tom
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: NE Ohio
Posts: 2,201

Bikes: 1992 Serotta Colorado II,Co-Motion Speedster, Giant Escape Hybrid, 1977 Schwinn Super Le Tour

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 310 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 37 Times in 31 Posts
Never thought of the inner tube idea. Sounds good.
Tandem Tom is offline  
Old 02-21-20, 08:23 PM
  #16  
MAK
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Delaware
Posts: 1,483

Bikes: Yes, I have bikes.

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 187 Post(s)
Liked 48 Times in 25 Posts
I use two credit cards overlapped so I get a single and double thickness giving me the proper toe-in angle.
MAK is offline  
Old 02-21-20, 09:41 PM
  #17  
JanMM
rebmeM roineS
 
JanMM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Metro Indy, IN
Posts: 15,886

Bikes: RANS V3 ti, RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer

Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 564 Post(s)
Liked 184 Times in 122 Posts
Yes, a zip tie would work. Or a rubber band. Etc.
Another example of lack of industry standardization. Ha!
__________________
Bacchetta Giro A20, RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer
JanMM is offline  
Old 02-21-20, 10:52 PM
  #18  
canklecat
Me duelen las nalgas
 
canklecat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Texas
Posts: 11,666

Bikes: Centurion Ironman, Trek 5900, Univega Via Carisma, Globe Carmel

Mentioned: 184 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3697 Post(s)
Liked 1,297 Times in 852 Posts
BTW, if you're doing cantilever brakes and don't mind swapping pads, Kool Stop Eagle 2 pads (formerly Eagle Claw) are basically self-toe-in. The funky wedge doodad not only helps scrape mucky rims clean, it automagically aligns the pads. I use 'em on the rear wheel of my old Univega. I'm not a Kool Stop fanboy but that particular pad is terrific for bikes with canti brakes taken off road.

Alas, the Eagle 2 pads are too thick to clear the fork with my preferred tires, so I use Jagwire slim line long curved pads there (also very good, but do need toe-in).
canklecat is offline  
Old 02-22-20, 12:16 AM
  #19  
velopig
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 267
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 149 Post(s)
Liked 151 Times in 86 Posts
Originally Posted by 79pmooney View Post
I'm thinking taking a 3/32 X 1/4" flat bar oh, say, 8" long, bending one end into a "u" to it over the tire, hanging down at the rear of the brake pad. Tweak the bar so it lays flat against the brake track. (You will need to stop the wheel with a toestrap or the like.) Then adjust the pad to hit both in front and at the flatbar. Flip around for the other pad.. (You could make irt a little longer and symmetrical to to both sides at the same time but I'm thinking one-sided makes it easy to rebend for different tires or rims.)

Ben
WTF!
1. Loosed brake pads
2 Center brake pads on brake track
3 Tear a business card in half and place on trailing edge of brake pad and grab lever
4. tighten brake pad.
velopig is offline  
Likes For velopig:
Old 02-22-20, 06:47 AM
  #20  
easyupbug 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 1,420

Bikes: too many sparkly Italians, some sweet Americans and a couple interesting Japanese

Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 214 Post(s)
Liked 73 Times in 58 Posts
I find the calipers don't flex as much with higher quality brakes and a single business card width will usually work but on most bikes I start with a double business card.
easyupbug is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.