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Old 08-22-13, 02:15 PM
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Interesting DIY drop-bolt

I was perusing some auctions, and came across this (drewed) Olmo SS. (Not interested, just looking.) But what caught my eye was the drop-bolt for the rear brake. It looks to be a DIY job, if I'm not mistaken. I remember someone else here fashioned their own drop-bolt as well but couldn't find that thread. Seeing how scarce and expensive the genuine Campagnolo drop-bolts are, I'm surprised we don't see these improvised drop-bolts more often, rather than replacing with long-reach calipers. Anyone else make or seen a DIY drop-bolt? Do you think the one pictured below would work or would this be likely to swing side to side? Discuss...

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Old 08-22-13, 02:46 PM
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Here you go. It performed well for me. I've used it on several different builds.

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-TO?highlight=

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Old 08-22-13, 05:11 PM
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Thanks, J. Your thread was indeed the one I had in mind. Since I didn't say it then, I say now: that the drop-bolt you fashioned looks terrific--much better than the one on the Olmo. Really nice work.

I'll take this opportunity to add one more drop bolt to the mix. The one below came on my Ron Kit/Speedwell. For whatever reason, there is very little clearance between the brake bridge and rear wheel, even with a 700c tire. So little clearance that a "riser-bolt" is needed. What is interesting about the "riser-bolt" is that it has two grooves for the caliper spring--one for use as a "riser-bolt" and one for use as a drop-bolt.

Riser-bolt:


Drop-bolt:
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Did you see this silly thread, gaucho? Hey, I just noticed that you contributed.

And I still have them all.

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...rld?highlight=

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Old 08-22-13, 06:17 PM
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Those DIY drop bolts look very nice and clean. I've always considered something like that as an option for a 650B conversion. Unlike the expensive Campy and Suntour bolts, which only give you a few millimeters of extra drop, you could make a DIY bolt with as much drop as you want.
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Old 08-22-13, 06:17 PM
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I think Sheldon has a page on these, perhaps a propos the Raleigh Twenty brake problem.
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Here's a recessed bolt version....

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Old 08-23-13, 10:22 PM
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Bike Island has this one

http://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_S...ls&ProdID=1709
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Here's a crappy photo of a "riser bolt" I installed on my Gitane TdF a few years back when I ran some 27" wheels on it. It's the opposite of a drop bolt--increases clearance between the brake and the rim. The body is a chunk of 1/4" stainless steel. I drilled two holes in it, and tapped them to accept 6 mm bolts. Then I cut the head of a longish stainless steel bolt and threaded that end, and screwed that short threaded section into the tapped hole in the riser block, using some blue loctite. I bolted that assembly to the fork crown where the brake bolt itself would ordinarily have gone. The brake caliper itself was then bolted to the upper tapped hole, using a shorter 6 mm bolt.
It's worked really well--very stiff and strong. In fact, when I converted back to 700C wheels, I found that there was enough brake reach to the rims even with the riser bolt still in place, so I just left it there.
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My go at it on a recent SS/FG conversion.

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