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Old 09-16-08, 03:51 PM   #1
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Releasing side-pull caliper brakes

I've had my front wheel off for the first time to be trued, and while I teased it off without having to bother the brakes in the first place, it now has a new and slightly wider tyre so I can't do the same in reverse to reinstall it.

The brakes are Weinmann 801s on a low-end late-80s Peugeot - side-pull calipers. I can't find any sort of release mechanism save teasing the top (lever) end of the cable out of its housing, and praying that I can get it back in again once the wheel is in place. Is this the way to go?
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Old 09-16-08, 04:29 PM   #2
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I've had my front wheel off for the first time to be trued, and while I teased it off without having to bother the brakes in the first place, it now has a new and slightly wider tyre so I can't do the same in reverse to reinstall it.

The brakes are Weinmann 801s on a low-end late-80s Peugeot - side-pull calipers. I can't find any sort of release mechanism save teasing the top (lever) end of the cable out of its housing, and praying that I can get it back in again once the wheel is in place. Is this the way to go?
Is there a quick release at the brake lever? Typically, it's a swing aside lever or pin that allows the lever to move past its normal off position. If there's not, let the air out of the tire. If that doesn't work, release the cable at the brake caliper, not the lever.
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Barrel adjuster did the trick!


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Old 09-20-08, 07:39 PM   #4
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what i do, is either put the wheel back in uninflated and inflate it once mounted, or take off one pad, put the wheen on then put the pad back in. as far as quick releases go, my schwinn tempo road bike has qr side pulls. shimano 105's from like the mid 80"s
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