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04/25/2013

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Bicycle Bill

Everything old is new again.  Check out this picture of a 1970s-era Schwinn Breeze and note how the rear cable to the Weinmann side-pull brake is routed and fastened.
http://bikecatalogs.org/SCHWINN/1973/Catalog/FULL/1973_23.jpg

Adam

This is a very cool hack.

I'm not entirely sure how the cable end is secured. Is the fixing nut threaded past the cable? Won't this destroy the cable?

Karl McCracken (twitter: @KarlOnSea)

Nice. Add the rubber gaitor from the V-brakes too, and it'll prevent water running down into the barel adjuster / cable sheath when the bike's ridden in the rain.

Tim

The brake is on a vintage Fuji that had had old Weinmann brakes on it, and I didn't want some stupid s-curve in the cable mucking up the clean lines of the bike.
To secure the cable, I cut the threaded portion of a slotted adjuster and installed that where the barrel adjuster had been. A small screw closed the end of it and reinforced it against the compressive force of the clamp nut, and the cable exits through a portion of the slot just above the brake arm. To install the cable, you do have to put a slight kink in it to make the corner, but nothing more than you'd see anywhere else on a bike. The brake release still works, too, as does the barrel adjuster.

Jackson

I'm always anxious when I see rear brakes that don't have the frame to base themselves against when applied, but instead pull away from the frame. And then someone always points out to me that that's how the front brake works anyway and it has much bigger braking loads going through it. Anyway very nice hack.
J.

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