Re: [CR]Parts help and advice: Allegro build coming up, Mafac brakes & blocks

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Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2008 11:18:48 -0700 (PDT)
From: "devon warner" <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Parts help and advice: Allegro build coming up, Mafac brakes & blocks
To: Dale Brown <>, Jon Spangler <>
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--- On Tue, 10/7/08, Jon Spangler wrote:

> 3) I have both my 1973-4 Campi NR sidepulls and 2 sets of
> Mafac Racer
> centerpulls in my parts collection.
> This also leads me to ask: which brakes will really stop
> better? Both
> Mafac and Campi are period-correct and appeared on Allegros
> at the
> time. I want to optimize (dare I say
> "modernize"?) and update their
> performance with more modern brake blocks, but the
> once-available
> Mathauser pads for the NR brakes seem to have disappeared.
> Has anyone
> in CR land had good luck using the currently-available more
> modern
> pads on either of these brakes?

I'm interested in this topic because,

i intend to put Mafacs on a bike i paln to ride, in the rain, actually. (a lister graciously gave me a pair for shipping cost some time ago.) since it will be a commuter specifically for winter in California, i may want to put on newer brake blocks if it really makes a difference. but i seem to remember last time i had a bike set up with old mafacs and orignial pads (late 70s- early 80s) that they were pretty decent in the rain on aluminum rims. if some of ya'll still have them, will you venture an opinion? and didn't koolstop buy mathauser? i belive i read that (on this list?) some time ago. if so, they should still be available.

-devon warner in sunny san francisco, CA, USA
> >
> Please email me off-list if you have any suggestions,
> unless the
> knowledge is new to and belongs in the communal sphere.
> Thanks very much,
> Jon Spangler
> Alameda, CA USA