tatanab wrote:rogerzilla wrote:Centrepulls were the best option on lightweights until Campag made a sidepull that worked better. They have a lot of theoretical and practical problems but they look good on vintage frames (dual-pivots look horrendous) and may be your best option if reach is very long.
What, even period correct dual pivots such as GB Synchron and Weinmann Dynamic?As an impoverished schoolboy, to centre cheap steel sidepulls on my 3 speed roadster I would set a screwdriver against the spring and hit it with hammer to shock the whole lot to rotate so that the brake was centralised.pwa wrote:I suspect, now, that I probably needed an impossibly slim spanner to access a slim nut between the arms and the fork / frame rather than the nut on the face of the arms?
I think that was SOP for cheap sidepulls, and in most bike maintenance books of the time.
Yes, period DP brakes would look ok, if you can find any. Don't just whack Tektro or Acor long-reach DPs on there, though - I have done that and they look really nasty. If you're on a tight budget, Dia-Compe 750 centre-pulls look pretty timeless (although they're not as stiff as the ones that use plain-post pads).