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Old 06-27-08, 07:35 PM
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Installing center pull brakes

I am fixing up a bike, fashioning parts from actually three different bikes. For my front brake I am using a center pull caliper style brake, just like this:



I am a complete bike novice, and I have no idea how to install this! I mean, I have it bolted into the frame just fine, but I am at a loss trying to figure out how to get that small triangle piece working! I have a hunch that I need to close the brake clamps and handlebar brake lever, then attach the triangle puller to the wire on top of the caliper brake, but I don't understand how the triangle puller stays still! Every time I try to get it on there it falls right off!

What holds the triangle puller piece at the top in place?
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Old 06-27-08, 08:34 PM
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You need a "cable hanger" fitted to your headset. It's a washer that goes between the top race and the locknut that has a hole projecting forward. The housing from the brake lever goes to it and is stopped against it. The inner cable then goes through it and is clamped to the "small triangular piece" using the "cable anchor bolt".

Here is the item you need:

http://www.thethirdhand.com/index.cg...d=210553732420
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Old 06-27-08, 11:37 PM
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For a more sano setup look on ebay for a stem that has the hole for the cable drilled into it and or even the
type that has cable coming from the front under the bar bolt and then it connects to a pulley that sends
the brake wire to the brake. Of course if you are just cruising around you could most likely drill a hole with
two different size bits one to hold the housing about 1/8 deep then one just for the brake wire to go through.
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Old 06-28-08, 05:34 AM
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Centrepulls use a cable hanger both front and rear. The one at the front goes under the headset nut, and the rear one is attached to the seat bolt. Without those, you are **** out of luck.
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Old 06-28-08, 06:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Longfemur View Post
Centrepulls use a cable hanger both front and rear. The one at the front goes under the headset nut, and the rear one is attached to the seat bolt. Without those, you are **** out of luck.
Right, but the OP said he was using the centerpull only as a front brake so I didn't mention the rear cable hanger.

There are stems with built in cable housing stops but they aren't common and drilling a regular stem is highly NOT recommended.
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