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Annoying problem with my pannier rack and V Brakes

Old 03-24-11, 03:26 PM
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Annoying problem with my pannier rack and V Brakes

So i was having an issue with the rear brakes on my Trek 7100, one side was putting too much pressure on the rim causing it to displace, the other pad wasn't playing ball at all.

I took it back to the LBS assuming the axle cone needed adjusting - no dice there. I spent hours centering the brakes - nothing changed.

Then I found the issue, hiding in plain sight...

The arm of the pannier rack that attaches to the braze-on on the seat stay was obstructing the noodle of the v-brakes on one side. It means one side of the brake isn't moving as well as the other. I screwed off the arm on the problem side and recentered the brakes. Perfect.

But now what to do about the pannier rack??

I can't tour or even commute with only one arm holding it to the seat stay can I? Its lost a bit of rigidity just from taking off the one arm?

I can't bend the arm enough to give sufficient clearance to the noodle, its too close to the braze-on...

I'm losing my mind here, its like one problem after another with this hybrid...

Any advice?
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Old 03-24-11, 03:42 PM
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These don't use a noodle. They might fit better with your rack.

A Travel Agent might get you past the rack.
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Originally Posted by qmsdc15
.....A Travel Agent might get you past the rack.
Is this the component people talk about to solve road sti to disc problems?

If so, anyone got a pic of their set up?
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Designed to increase cable pull when using road levers with V-brakes. I don't know about using it with disc brakes.
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I have sort of fixed this problem now.

I took off the arm that was obstructing the noodle and nicely balanced the brakes. The pannier rack was then kind of shaky, so I knew I couldn't tour or commute with the one arm securing it to the seat stay.

So I tried to bend the noodle just slightly to allow it to clear the arm when the brakes were actioned, but man, those things are tough! I didn't want to go at it with a pair of pliers in case I damaged the noodle, so I set about bending the rack stay arm - the manual said it is made to be bent and manipulated to fit. I bent it liberally with brute force so it bent away from the noodle before coming up alongside the boss on the seat stay.

It works, its strong and the noodle is JUST clear of the arm when the brakes are fully engaged.

Success!!
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Excellent! I recently bent a rear rack to provide clearance for a trailer. I laid the bike on it's side and stood on the rack where it was sticking out too much. Then I flipped the bike over and did the same on the other side. Sometimes a little brute force is the best solution!
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OK So if anyone comes up with a similar problem - those SS noodles are available in two configurations.

Rigid - which sounds like was originally on the bike.
Flexible- still SS but spiral wound to provide some movement in situations where clearances are an issue.
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