[CR]Field Expedient Front Center Pull Cable Stop

(Example: Framebuilding:Tubing:Falck)

From: "Thomas R. Adams, Jr." <kctommy@msn.com>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2003 23:58:43 +0000
Subject: [CR]Field Expedient Front Center Pull Cable Stop

For various reasons, I want to use a set of center pull brakes (Mafac Racers) on a frame that has a Campy NR headset installed and no room for a normal Centerpull housing stop in the headset. The fork appears to be trimmed too short (threads on the lock nut only 2/3 engaged and no spacers in the headset) to accomodate even the thin Mafac hanger. I can replace the headset with a lower stack headset like a Ritchey that would leave room for the hanger, but that option doesn't really appeal to me. I'd like to keep the appearance fairly traditional and early 60's. Hence the Mafacs and Campy headset.

What options are there for obtaining a hanger on this bike? Can I put the hanger on top of the lock nut, and attach it to the nut? Could you remove it later?

Can I grind down one of the headset components to make the room? (least favored option as it degrades the condition of the headset).

Or should I drill a cable route/stop through the stem? The stem is a Nitto Technomics with a 9cm extension. Would a drilled Nitto stem be safe? How big do you make the top and bottom holes? How far out on the extension do you drill?

Or does someone have a better idea?

Okay guys, get creative.

Tom Adams, Shrewsbury NJ

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