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Old 02-19-11, 02:30 PM
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Need Help: Which Brakes?

Hey guys the brakes on my road bike barely work at all and it is time for me to get some new ones. I would like to keep my brake levers and shifters if possible, and only change the caliper set.

Does anyone know know which brakes would fit with the levers I have? I bought this road bike off of Craigslist so I don't know the exact components but here are some pictures.





I do not want disc brakes but some thing light and simple.

Does anyone have any recommendations what model of brakes I should get? I don't want to spend more than $300, any advice would be much appreciated.
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Old 02-19-11, 02:37 PM
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You need to properly adjust what you have, maintainence overhaul,
replace cables, housing and brake shoes .

The hardware seems fine , a typical V brake.
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Old 02-19-11, 02:49 PM
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I forgot to mention about a year ago I was attempting to repair the V brake and one of the integral parts fell of and I lost it, hence the green twisty tie you see on the front of my bike. Where can I get some replacement V brakes? I went on the Shimano website and couldn't find and Deore road bike parts.
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Does anyone know if the Avid Single Digit 7 will work?

http://www.sram.com/avid/products/si...it-7-rim-brake
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Originally Posted by Tamim View Post
Does anyone know if the Avid Single Digit 7 will work?
Yup. Should be a straight bolt up with the levers that you have now.

I tend to agree with fietsbob, however. I'm thinking you should be able to make what you have work.
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Old 02-19-11, 04:12 PM
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Deore parts here: http://bike.shimano.com/publish/cont...ain/deore.html

But as said, any V-brake will do, probably also you current.
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Have you considered replacing the pads front and rear, and adjusting the brakes from time to time? Your local bike shop can do that for you for very little.
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Old 02-19-11, 04:31 PM
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New pads and an adjustment is all you need. Not sure what part you lost - was it the crimp-on cap which keeps the end of the cable from fraying? Get one free with any purchase at the LBS, if you ask nicely.
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With good pads, good cables, and proper adjustment those brakes will work fine. A new brakeset won't solve any of those problems except for (possibly) the pads.

Did you just lose the cable end? That's an easy replacement, and something that probably wouldn't come with new brakes anyway.
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Depending on age and usage it might also be time for cables and cable housing. If they are worn they can affect braking.
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