Re: [CR]Field Expedient Front Center Pull Cable Stop

(Example: Racing:Wayne Stetina)

From: "heddarr" <heddarr@indianaconnect.com>
To: "Thomas R. Adams, Jr." <kctommy@msn.com>, <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
References: <BAY4-F2506IBPGJTE4D0000f677@hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: [CR]Field Expedient Front Center Pull Cable Stop
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2003 20:53:46 -0400


Warmest greetings

I drilled an SR stem in the early 80's. I drilled through the stem with a bit just large enough for the cable to pass through. Then picked a bit just a bit larger than the cable with a ferrell (SP). I drilled it 3/8" deep. I located the first hole by sighting the entrance and exit of the hole in the stem so that the brake cable was parallel to the head tube.

Not broken yet with many miles on it. By the by I am not a willowy lightweight.

I have seen drilled GB stems in the Ron Kitching catalog and I bet there are some list members who have one floating around.

There are also some brake hangers that clamped on. Do not know if they are still available.

One of the first modifications I did to a bike with a Mafac hanger was to replace it with a Weinmann one. I gained an adjusting screw and it was much stiffer.

Have Universal 68 and NR brakes but if I want to stop I use Weinmann, Universal and Zeus centerpulls.

Howard Darr
Clymer PA


----- Original Message -----
From: "Thomas R. Adams, Jr."
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Sent: Saturday, June 28, 2003 7:58 PM
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.
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> 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?
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> Can I grind down one of the headset components to make the room? (least favored option as it degrades the condition of the headset).
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> 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?
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> Or does someone have a better idea?
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> Okay guys, get creative.
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> Tom Adams, Shrewsbury NJ
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