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Old 06-02-08, 07:11 AM   #1
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Adjusting cantilever brakes on Trek 520

I just picked up a 1988 Trek 520.
I am scratching my head over how to adjust the cantilever brakes. I can't find any barrel adjusters anywhere. The rear cable goes thru a hanger attached to the seatpost bolt. I would have thought that was where the barrel adjuster would go, but no luck. The front cable goes thru the reflector mount. Again there is no adjuster. Am I missing something? I can't imagine that Trek just forgot to put on adjusters for the brakes. Did someone just take them off when they replaced the cables? If so, where should they be?
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Some have them. Some don't. If you really want them, look around. I haven't checked, but places like loose screws usually have little parts like that available if your LBS doesn't have some lurking around in their back room.
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Ditto. You can find those binder-bolt hangers that incorporate a barrel adjuster, and likewise with the front hangers that fit into the headset stack. Just look around a bit.
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