Vintage bike - getting the right bits and pieces

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dvenman
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Vintage bike - getting the right bits and pieces

Postby dvenman » 24 Mar 2020, 11:27am

I've recently bought a vintage road bike to use for a charity challenge in June - assuming it still goes ahead. Hey ho, it's a good excuse to get fit...

It needs new brake and gear cables, but before I go online and order I wanted to make sure I get the right types. Any recommendations / suggestions ?

The bike - https://drive.google.com/open?id=11AxWsXsZGe74YvJa6YJbgcUuALUaxOni

The derailleur end of the cable - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1BhepgZsmeb-KJeoEjs3h3nEhMpSSv4f0

The brake handle end - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1tFP3Mww25b2EjwAtgtsq5onEuCvS-oid

The brake yoke end - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1OXynWnuNXXItwkn6t_jjZ2aXo56XTDE9

{edited to make this a question!}

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Re: Vintage bike - getting the right bits and pieces

Postby peetee » 24 Mar 2020, 2:23pm

Any standard road bike gear and brake cable will do. Look to spend £15 - £20 for all four cables. There is no advantage to be had from expensive polymer coated cables as the brake system you have has un-restricted cable routing and will not suffer from excessive friction.
If you are doing the job yourself you would benefit from good quality bicycle cable cutters. Those brakes are not the best stoppers and poorly finished cables will make them even worse.
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Re: Vintage bike - getting the right bits and pieces

Postby ardeidae » 24 Mar 2020, 2:45pm

You can often reuse the rear brake cable cut down and with a nice clear section cut from the outer to make a perfect new front cable. And similar with the rear gear cable.

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The utility cyclist
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Re: Vintage bike - getting the right bits and pieces

Postby The utility cyclist » 24 Mar 2020, 4:52pm

There's some red cable outers with brake inner cables for £5 posted, you'd just need two inner gear cables
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bike-Complet ... ondition=3

If you're stuck for a brake adjuster I might have one lurking around and possibly a cable stop 'hat' for the brake hood that I could pop in the post if I can find them.

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Re: Vintage bike - getting the right bits and pieces

Postby geomannie » 24 Mar 2020, 7:10pm

For what it's worth, your rear brake cable outer is too long. It wants to be shortened by a few inches to flatten the big loop that you have behind the saddle. As it currently is you will likely have mushy braking.

It should look more like this Image
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Re: Vintage bike - getting the right bits and pieces

Postby dvenman » 25 Mar 2020, 8:53am

Thanks all. I've stripped all the cables as the ends were in poor condition.

The photo at https://drive.google.com/open?id=10R2hU ... Wg4RJe1o8m shows the brake and gear cable stops, plus the barrel adjuster and the brake cable housing stop (on the handle end).

If anyone knows of a source for the stops/ends - the one brake adjuster in particular is seized solid even with application of mole grips and penetrating fluid - much appreciated.

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Re: Vintage bike - getting the right bits and pieces

Postby Brucey » 25 Mar 2020, 10:05am

if you can't get the correct weinmann barrel adjuster assembly this one

https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/brakes/adjuster-and-bolt-for-old-style-alloy-caliper-brake/

may do.

FWIW the extant barrel adjusters on your brakes look as if they might be fitted to a brass cross-piece. This (check with a magnet) would originally have been plated, and that it isn't plated any more (and that the adjuster is seized) indicates that it has seen some potentially harmful corrosion. One of the few brake failures I have ever had was caused by a brass cross-piece like that on a weinmann brake; it snapped when I put the brakes on hard and I very nearly skittled some myopic old dear who staggered into the road without looking.

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Re: Vintage bike - getting the right bits and pieces

Postby The utility cyclist » 26 Mar 2020, 1:59am

dvenman wrote:Thanks all. I've stripped all the cables as the ends were in poor condition.

The photo at https://drive.google.com/open?id=10R2hU ... Wg4RJe1o8m shows the brake and gear cable stops, plus the barrel adjuster and the brake cable housing stop (on the handle end).

If anyone knows of a source for the stops/ends - the one brake adjuster in particular is seized solid even with application of mole grips and penetrating fluid - much appreciated.


Sorry I don't have one ... but three brake adjusters and 5 'hats' :D
If you can measure the insert section of the cable stop for the hood I'll find one that matches the best, and I can send you one of caliper adjusters.
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