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The right tool for the job AKA new tool day

Old 09-25-21, 10:08 AM
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The right tool for the job AKA new tool day

Simple and cheap, but oh so neat. I ordered the Shimano cantilever brake adjustment set from eBay and was so happy to set up my brakes correctly. I am not new to turning a wrench, but on bicycles I am.

Itís amazing how simple it is to set up old school cantiís correctly with these. I also found out that I have the wrong length straddle cable for one of my bikes thanks to the paperwork.
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Wow, I never knew those existed. Let us know how they work out!
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Wow, I never knew those existed. Let us know how they work out!
super easy to use. Match the color jig to the brakes one is working on. Pull the cable taught and tighten the bolt once the jig is touching both cantis. The kit comes with a clear card that allows one to check that the length and angle is correct.



then you adjust the pads per instructions.




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Originally Posted by Lbxpdx View Post
super easy to use. Match the color jig to the brakes one is working on. Pull the cable taught and tighten the bolt once the jig is touching both cantis. The kit comes with a clear card that allows one to check that the length and angle is correct.



then you adjust the pads per instructions.



Pretty danged cool. I always just did it by eye. Do you think that they save time?
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I've never seen that before. I've successfully set up cantis by eye dozens of times, but that gauge set would certainly take any guesswork out of it.
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Originally Posted by J.Higgins View Post
Pretty danged cool. I always just did it by eye. Do you think that they save time?
I think so. Iíve usually had to adjust it a few times to make sure itís right and this is one time.

It was $8 total shipped from Colorado and the jigs are a nice hard plastic and made in Japan.

I have 3 80ís/90ís MTB at the moment, so it makes my least favorite part of a bike setup easier.
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Originally Posted by Lbxpdx View Post
Simple and cheap, but oh so neat. I ordered the Shimano cantilever brake adjustment set from eBay and was so happy to set up my brakes correctly. I am not new to turning a wrench, but on bicycles I am.

It’s amazing how simple it is to set up old school canti’s correctly with these. I also found out that I have the wrong length straddle cable for one of my bikes thanks to the paperwork.
Thanks, never saw that before, just ordered a set for about $8, here is the link for anyone else https://www.ebay.com/itm/401508263382
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I just got mine in the mail today. I got it from the eBay link posted above. Great deal for 8 bucks delivered.
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