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Old 09-14-08, 09:52 PM   #1
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How to release cantilever brakes


Last year I have installed Shimano BR R550 Canti's on my cross bike. They work great, but I have a problem releasing them in the event of removing a wheel without having to deflate the tire or release the brake cable attachment.

On my older vintage canti's I was able to pull on the straddle cable and easily unhook the cable from the lever. The BR R550's use a link cable and I am unable to free the link cable from the canti levers without releasing the main brake cable attachment. I can remove the wheel without affecting the brake adjustment by deflating the tire.

Is there a method to unhook the link cable without deflating the tire or releasing the main cable attachement?

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Old 09-15-08, 12:13 AM   #2
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Some bikes I've worked on require loosening the brake adjustment at the brake lever so that there is enough slack to unhook the link cable. Then when you reinstall the wheel just reset the cable at the brake lever. To me that sounds easier than defalting/reinflating the tire each time.
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