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Old 04-21-21, 01:53 PM
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Caliper brake without cable fixing nut help?

How do you attach the brake cable on vintage side pull caliper brakes that have no cable nut fixing attachment, just a slot which looks like some form of crimp is required on the cable, these are found on 1940's first-generation of cable pull bikes as I say is it some form of cable crimp that keep the cable at tension?

thanks, Mike in the UK
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Old 04-21-21, 06:04 PM
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If you can provide a photo, that would be a help. I think that I know what you are asking, but I'm not sure.
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At the moment I have not reached 10 posts so the forums rules stop me from posting a photo however it seems the original cables for these used a double-ended cable with a nipple on both ends,
clearly, a modification was made to the design and a tensioning nut and bolts put in on later models which is more familiar, however, I am none the wiser for a solution
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Some older (1950s/1960s) stamped steel side pull calipers (most were on English bikes that I've seen) used a double ended cable. The cable adjuster had a very long threaded section to better take up pad wear with. The housing and adjuster were side over the inner cable during the making. They were available is set lengths. I have rehabbed several older English 3 speed bikes with these and would replace the calipers with more modern ones with now common cable anchor bolts and single ended cables whose housing lengths are trimmable. Andy
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Old 04-21-21, 08:07 PM
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I had it suggested to me using a spoke nipple crimped or soldered but again I am thinking tensioning issues, it makes sense that there were cut ready-made lengths of the brake cable and it is easy to see from a production point of view how they improved the design and soon went over to the now common cable anchor bolts, I have never seen a double-ended cable for the older caliper brake but here in the UK the anchor bolt caliper is quite common but finding a 1950's to 1970's chrome variety in good order is becoming harder
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Interesting... hope you get your points soon cause I really want to see a picture!
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Sounds like a Raleigh pattern brake. Cables can be hard to find

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OMG - not heard of these in 45 years...

If you have the adjuster bits from this or a later model that fits, and you value originality, then have a goo at making one or getting one made.
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Th USA BMX world has had cable ends that are set screw secured. We use to call then knarps. This design is borrowed from other industries so they might be available through automotive, motorcycle or industrial sources. Andy
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