Re: [CR] drop... PADS ?

Example: Production Builders:Peugeot:PY-10

Date: Tue, 12 May 2009 08:02:01 -0400
From: Harvey Sachs <>
To: <>, Classic Rendezvous <>
Subject: Re: [CR] drop... PADS ?

I hope it goes without saying that these brake arm extenders affect geometry and "feel" of the brake. They will --> increase the hand grip force required for a given force on the rim. --> decrease lever travel relative to brake arm travel --> increase the likelihood of chatter/squeal.

I regard them as a factory kludge, a solution for desperate situations when nothing else works. I could see using them, for example, on a drop frame rear to allow a sidepull to be used. After all, rear brakes don't do much, and this might let Her Daintiness think that the rear brake works (please pardon the tongue-in-cheek chauvinism here).

But in lots of other applications, especially front brakes, I'd be a lot more comfortable substituting a longer centerpull for a short sidepull plus extenders.

And, I have been guilty of filing brake pad slots just a little bit on very rare occasions when I just HAD to make a Universal 61 work when I'd changed from 27" to 700c.

harvey sachs mcLean va usa.

Kurt Sperry had written:

>> >> CLB made drop blocks from the '50s through to the '80s. They appear >> in the '75 and '84 catalogs as parts 108DAM and 108DNM. Photos: >> >> >> >> Kurt Sperry Bellingham, Washington USA >>

Thanks for the info. Kurt... the ones I had looked different, they have a rectangular flat plate riveted in where a standard pad has the bolt, with the bolt above the pad. This one you are showing in your picture looks a bit sturdier... (I already sent mine on to a list member who wanted them)
      Thomas Seaman Portland, Oregon
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