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Old 02-12-10, 07:23 PM   #1
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Here's a puzzler for the vintage cycle enthusiast. What happened to the lettering on this brake caliper?

First correct answer wins nothing, but my respect for strong critical thinking.

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Old 02-12-10, 07:28 PM   #2
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Cupertino bike shop brake booster plate?

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Old 02-12-10, 07:33 PM   #3
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Nope. That was an external piece that bolted on to the pivot points. There is not one here and would have no affect on the lettering if it were. Keep trying.
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writing is on the other side? Switched from another brake?
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writing is on the other side? Switched from another brake?
Ding, ding, ding. We have a winner. Damn, I thought it would take longer.

It was actually just assembled the wrong way (arms flipped). I just thought somebody had polished the letters off as you could see it was polished at one time. But with the caliper in a relaxed state you could not see the back well enough to notice. Took me longer to figure it out! My cap is off to you.
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Ding, ding, ding. We have a winner. Damn, I thought it would take longer.

It was actually just assembled the wrong way (arms flipped).
I find it a bit curious that the straddle wire was not removed when it was flipped.

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Lucky guess. I am usually pretty slow.
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Someone let it too long in an acidic solvent of sorts to get rid of oxidation and the letters were lifted. (or it was scrubbed too hard with a an SOS pad)
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I find it a bit curious that the straddle wire was not removed when it was flipped.

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Actually that is the best hint that is was. Nut should be on the back.
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Someone let it too long in an acidic solvent of sorts to get rid of oxidation and the letters were lifted. (or it was scrubbed too hard with a an SOS pad)
Ahhh E, nailed it as usual!
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