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#1 IwannaWAFFLE

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Posted 10 January 2014 - 09:44 PM

So, my road bike brakes have been getting quite mushy.
obviously the brake pads seem to need changing, but I need I need to change my brake cable too.
since there is like nothing left there, because i did a bad job last time with that.

when i pull my brakes, its a spongey pull down, and the return is very slow. I only get a really effective brake towards the last 80% of the pull.

 

would changing the brake cable do me right? I will just get a whole kit to replace the cable sheilding too.

Im thinking about this kit, would it be suitable?

http://www.amazon.co...=A3DZMBT0IIAXRS

 

my max is 25 dollars shipped (if anyone suggests any other options)
since i got a 25 dollar AmEx gift card for christmas, thinking on using it for my current form of transportation. 


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Posted 11 January 2014 - 12:49 AM

how tight are your brake cables? and do you have v brakes or disc brakes?


 


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Posted 11 January 2014 - 01:58 AM

V Brakes.
the cables are tight in the fact there is tension there.
and I think maybe on the inside of the cable cover there is some rust possibly.. idk on that


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Posted 11 January 2014 - 02:36 AM

there could be rust or some other build up somewhere along the system like you suggested
i would take apart all of the brake parts and clean/inspect them if you know how to
if anything is damaged then you can replace it
 


 


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Posted 11 January 2014 - 01:38 PM

Well, If I take it appart, I know for sure i need to buy some new cable just by itself, becuase i messed up tightenting mine, and didnt have the proper tools at the time.
so the end is quite frayed and short.

 

at that point I would rather just replace it all with something brand new rather than salvaging it...


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Posted 11 January 2014 - 03:03 PM

an entirely new brake?


 


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Posted 11 January 2014 - 06:48 PM

no,

also, i think I may post a picture of like the life/thread left in the brake pads. maybe you can guide me if I need to replace the pads too.

Im like 90% set on replacing the brake cabling, if only to the rear brake because thats where the problem lies currently.

The pull itself is very stiff and squishy, and the return is slow and muddy also. while the front brake pull is what id expect, fairly snappy and a fast return.

 

 

 

I wouldn't replace the whole brake, since its still in fair condition. I meant replace the whole cable/sheilding rather then try to clean it out and make it work.

 

The majority of the bike is fairly clean of rust, minus some screw caps. I got it free, and the guy before me kept it in the basement for like a decade. Its a Panasonic s100(100 or 1000 i dont remember). from what i found those were made from around the late 70s.

sorry if im being confusing.


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Posted 11 January 2014 - 09:25 PM

i dont have much experience working with V brakes since i work mainly on mountain bikes with disk brakes
but yeah definitely replace the cable and the shielding, especially if its frayed
and maybe take off the brake itself and clean it just incase anything got into it that would affect the fluidity of the lever pull

i'd like to see pictures of the brake pads too 


 


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Posted 13 January 2014 - 02:08 PM

Alright, here s a fullsize picture
http://abload.de/img/img_7806dsj41.jpg

 

Could I ride on these for another year (not daily rider, but just to get around)
or should I pick up a new set with the brake cable kit?


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Posted 13 January 2014 - 06:45 PM

I can't tell towards the back of the picture but I run my V brakes till I can't see the ridge anymore. The top looks like it is contacting first so angle it back a little so the entire brake makes contact with the rim at the same time.


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Posted 13 January 2014 - 10:31 PM

ALright,
ill probably clean them off somehow, i dont like those lines its got, 
plus Ive been having troubles perfectly centering my rear wheel.so a bit always rubs when Im riding.. 

any tips on centering perfectly?


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Posted 13 January 2014 - 11:53 PM

ALright,
ill probably clean them off somehow, i dont like those lines its got, 
plus Ive been having troubles perfectly centering my rear wheel.so a bit always rubs when Im riding.. 

any tips on centering perfectly?

make sure yours wheel is trued is a good place to start, if you dont have a true wheel then its gonna mess with your braking. 
secondly, there should be two tension screws located above the brake attachment point, one on either side of the wheel, i believe those are what you use to center the brake over the wheel


 


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Posted 14 January 2014 - 02:02 AM

indeed, can you post pics of your brake housing?


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Posted 14 January 2014 - 03:28 PM

 

ALright,
ill probably clean them off somehow, i dont like those lines its got, 
plus Ive been having troubles perfectly centering my rear wheel.so a bit always rubs when Im riding.. 

any tips on centering perfectly?

make sure yours wheel is trued is a good place to start, if you dont have a true wheel then its gonna mess with your braking. 
secondly, there should be two tension screws located above the brake attachment point, one on either side of the wheel, i believe those are what you use to center the brake over the wheel

 


well,
its the wheel itself, it goes side to side like 1cm at most. its annoying me sice i got the front one ner perfect, but this one was been troubling me.


yea, Ill get some picture in a bit
 


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Posted 14 January 2014 - 04:33 PM

Head on shot
http://abload.de/img/img_7860twuyh.jpg

 

Side shot of adjuster
http://abload.de/img/img_7863vduxz.jpg

 

as you can see, i have to run it in a dumb way becuase of where i screwed up. So i cant move that flip lever (black plastic handle) up, it was to be up normally.
and I need to angle my brake pads properly before i ride next time.


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Posted 14 January 2014 - 06:37 PM

i have never seen that kind of v-brake before  :huh:


 


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Posted 14 January 2014 - 07:17 PM

The bike is about 30 years old....lol,

thats probably why

Edit:
dont want to make another post here
SO this is what I will probably order.
bike39adh.jpg

The bar tape, I know its not great, My bike has some one peice foam tubes on it, but I took a decent fall, and half of one got scrapped off. So I need to replace it.
Either I spend the whole 25 dollar gift card on these two things, or I dont know what to do with it.

anyone have any objections or expereinces with the Jagwire kit?
after I get this, I will deal with the brake pads and shit like that..


Edited by IwannaWAFFLE, 14 January 2014 - 09:06 PM.

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 01:25 AM

those cables should be okay
ive never heard of brake cables snapping or anything so those should be just fine

 

and those brakes are like twice as old as me lol


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Posted 15 January 2014 - 02:02 AM

alrighty then.
depending on when I order this, if i got any other issues Ill bring up this thread.

 


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