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Old 03-14-09, 01:57 PM
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Length of brake posts

I got my hands on some Kool Stop Continental brakes for my old folder. They have the threaded post and the pad itself is short enough for the 20" wheels.

The problem is that the post and brake pad together are shorter than the post and pad on the original black rubber brakes. Add to that the fact that I changed out the 1 3/8" rims for 1 1/8" (it was the closest I could find, I would have gone 1 3/8" if I could), and there's a considerable amount of space between the brake pads and the rims. I think I've adjusted the brake cables as far as they can go in the proper direction as well.

I have a couple of possible solutions... pick them apart or offer me some alternatives!

1) Adding washers between the brake pad and the caliper arm. The nut on the outside end of the post would not be able to screw down completely anymore, but it's a cheap enough solution that I can try it and see.

2) Apparently it's possible to bend the old steel caliper brake arms inward. I've heard this recommended for toeing in the brakes, but would it work for actually decreasing the clearance?
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3) Find some pads with a longer threaded post.
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Well, obviously. It took me forever to find one model that (a) would fit the small rims and (b) had a threaded post at all. I'm quite disappointed with the Continentals if I can't actually use them without changing my brake assembly. They were supposed to be a replacement for exactly this kind of brake -- why would they make them so much shorter?
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