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What kind of brake is this? Prewar rod/compression?

Old 11-08-17, 12:03 PM
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What kind of brake is this? Prewar rod/compression?

So, what kind of brake is this? Seems like a rod brake with a compression block that presses on the front tire? And if overhauling a bike like this, where would you even begin to get a replacement for the piece that compresses against the tire?
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It's called a "spoon brake." Ancient technology, but they were still made pretty recently.
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Plunger brake. The Swiss military (Militarvelo M05) bicycles used this type of brake. They were made for around 80 years with very few changes. Replacement parts are still available for them.
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Another name I've seen used for this type of brake is "scrubber." Making no claims...


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I'd look on German ebay or search for some Teutonic bike forums.
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Couple years back the forum had a discussion thread on a Pioneer cycle from (then) Czechoslovakia which was equipped with an arrestor of this sort:

https://m.bikeforums.net/showthread.p...hlight=pioneer

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Originally Posted by clubman
I'd look on German ebay or search for some Teutonic bike forums.
Yeah, I was surfing through there... Now that I know what we call them in English, gotta decipher what they were called in German to search effectively!
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This a pretty esoteric thread, but for posterity in case someone else comes looking for these things and finds this thread in the future, I actually found what might work as a replacement for the types of these that had rubber pads at the end of the plunger.

https://velo-classic.de/oxid2/Fahrra...ngebremse.html
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Originally Posted by mnmkpedals
This a pretty esoteric thread, but for posterity in case someone else comes looking for these things and finds this thread in the future, I actually found what might work as a replacement for the types of these that had rubber pads at the end of the plunger.

https://velo-classic.de/oxid2/Fahrra...ngebremse.html
Good catch! So, it appears the German terms are GESTÄNGEBREMSE or STEMPELBREMSE.
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Puch Waffenrad used this type front brake. An ancient-style bike that was in production into the '80s.

I believe "spoon brake" refers to a metal tab, usually at the end of a lever, that presses against the tread of the tire. Note the resemblance to a spoon.

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