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Old 10-01-14, 07:51 PM
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90's Barrel Adjusters for brakes

I did a search using a few terms and could not find anything, so if there is already an answer in the forum, apologies..

Anyone know where I can source some barrel adjusters that are the type that slip into the brake arm and have part of the threads shaved off (the opening in the brake arm looks like a "D")

Then the washer has a positive notch in it and the brake arm has a negative notch and as the washer turns it makes the barrel move up and down.

I have a great set of mid-90's Japanese short reach brakes that are missing these barrel adjusters...

Thank you!!
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Old 10-01-14, 07:55 PM
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Somebody out there must have a barrel full of barrel adjusters, because they have mine too.
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Old 10-01-14, 08:17 PM
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I have a set of Superbe brakes missing theirs as well!
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When calipers are removed, stored or transported, the barrels fall right out along with the knurled or O-ringed adjusting nuts.

Whenever a caliper is put aside, the nut should be removed, and screwed onto the protruding threaded end of the installed barrel.
This way, the barrels won't separate from the calipers and possibly fall through a small hole in the bottom of the parts box.

I agree, these O-ringed adjusters should be a catalog item somewhere, sold in pairs, or perhaps sold singly (if it's a nicer copy of a Nuovo Record barrel adjuster and nut).

It's a bit painful to see a cheap, plain threaded adjuster barrel substituted for the original, though those plain adjusters look great on old Weinmann calipers imo.
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Old 10-01-14, 09:13 PM
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Got a picture ?

I have buckets of these although you should not have trouble finding some locally.
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Old 10-02-14, 05:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
I have buckets of these although you should not have trouble finding some locally.
Oh how I wish I was closer to YEG. I also need one as my rear Campy NR does not have one. I've made one from a later barrel adjuster as you can see in the photo.



I measured the several that I had in a jar and picked the one with the thread OD closest to the Campy bit. It took about 10 seconds to file the threads to create D shape needed (like an original Campagnolo adjuster) and fit a nut. I choose to chuck the adjuster in the lathe then file the top shape to mimic the Campy piece used on the front brake. I also filed the centerline of the nut so I could fit the same size o-ring used on the front. Serves no purpose on the back but it looks good enough from 10 feet away. AND, more important, it put the bike on the road and I've enjoyed the past 700 miles immensely. He's ready to go out again today.



Some day I'll find a Campy adjuster-n-nut to match the front (from that era and similar patina). I don't want one of of the new ones (different material and shape) nor one of the titanium repros out there (different look).

I can wait and keep riding but it would be great to sift thru your buckets. Oh well.
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I am surprised that the folks over at "Problem Solvers" (Problem Solvers) don't have anything...

Thanks everyone for the input, if I find a source for new ones I'll be sure to post it... in the meantime happy hunting to all us with this issue...
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I got a set of Superbe Pro hidden spring brakes that was missing a cable pinch bolt- and got another set of Superbe brakes that had non-matching adjusters- so I stole the ones from the Superbe Pro brakes. It sucks because I have a set of really pretty, but unusable brakes.
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Old 10-02-14, 11:30 AM
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I bet there is not one of us who doesn't, or hasn't had this problem. I frequently ask myself how many I have to lose before I remember to remember their presence on the end of that loose cable end.
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Old 10-03-14, 04:48 AM
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I may have a tray full of those things. Let me take a look tomorrow and post some pics.
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I have a set of long reach dual pivot Dia Compe brakes that I have had for about 5 years that I can't find adjusters for. I can't remember the model FS E I think is what is printed on them, they don't look like any adjuster I have seen before and I have never seen another set of brakes like them before. I have tons of small brake parts all organized from all the bikes I have stripped over the years but I still never have a adjuster I need.

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I just ran into that problem, selling upthewazoo a Campy group, and the calipers came from a 3rd party, minus one barrel adjuster and a couple of toe-in/out pad washers. I simply bought him an orphaned Veloce caliper for the parts, and sent it on, but in researching them, I found the barrel adjuster, brand new, from eBay in Poland, 12.50 shipped.

I ordered one, and it arrived today, and it is very, very nice. It's not chrome, but it's polished aluminum, with the perfect size rubber washer (which I've been getting from a hardware store).
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Originally Posted by Prowler View Post
Some day I'll find a Campy adjuster-n-nut to match the front (from that era and similar patina). I don't want one of of the new ones (different material and shape) nor one of the titanium repros out there (different look).
Out of curiosity's sake, do you have a link to the titanium ones you're referring to?
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Originally Posted by leicanthrope View Post
Out of curiosity's sake, do you have a link to the titanium ones you're referring to?
I don't but I periodically search the big auction site in Cycling for Campagnolo brake adjusters. Mostly o-rings but I recently saw the ti units come up. Sorry I did save any links.
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Old 10-05-14, 07:37 AM
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First thing to come up on a google search:
Campagnolo Brake Adjusting Barrel from BikeBling.com

Happy hunting!
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I had the same issue a while back and finally gave up. The problem was that I had integrated STI MTB brake shifter levers. I replaced them with thumb shifters and separate brake levers.
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I'd bet if all the C&V enthusiasts mailed-in all their brake calipers with missing hardware, I have 6-8 myself, we might end up with a 1000 sets of brakes, but all the pooling in the world will only result in 30-40 usable sets.

I'm not even including the MTB Alivios with cracked plastic spring retainers. lol
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