Re: [CR] Old French bike and Universal Super 68 brakes

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Date: Wed, 13 May 2009 20:14:29 -0700
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Subject: Re: [CR] Old French bike and Universal Super 68 brakes


Youi experience mirrors mine. However, a "trick"--which is really no trick at all--is to use the thicker Campy brake cables. Super 68s are fun brakes, as any late 60s/early 70s Cinelli owner can tell you; they came as an OEM option on the super corsa.

best regards- Nels (no I have never owned a cinelli) Cone Seattle WA

p.s. yes the brake pads wore faster than campys, but didn't just about every other pad?
> Date: Wed, 13 May 2009 20:05:23 -0700
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> Subject: Re: [CR] Old French bike and Universal Super 68 brakes
> I'm not sure what you mean Alan. That seems pretty normal. Grab them from down in the drops with two fingers and squeeze hard. That's how my Universal brakes work. I just have the plain generic black pads that come on a cardboard card hanging on the wall at the bike shop. Are you trying to use them from the hoods position like you would a modern brake lever?
> Regards,
> Derrick Bourgeois
> Colorado Springs, USA
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> Date: Wed, 13 May 2009 22:09:21 -0400
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> Hello All,
> I recently found an unidentified old French bike at my local Recycle-a
> -Bicycle. Painted a vibrant purple, it has a rather elegant diamond
> shaped head badge with the initials CS. Mostly Suntour components but
> I don't know if this is original. The original wheels were Ukai
> tubular rims with sunshine hubs. It has a rather unusual quick release
> on the base of the stem, even though the SR stem has the usual stem
> bolt (maybe the stem is not original). Stamped unmarked dropouts, and
> half chromed on the chain stays and fork. Very short top tube, 56 cm,
> for a 61 c to c frame.
> Anyway, the brakes are Univeral super 68, very vintage looking, with a
> neat linkage type quick release mechanism. The only problem is that
> they don't work! I put on modern Tektro pads, tried tight adjustment,
> loose, etc. The rims are new and clean. The brakes simply don't stop
> the bike....unless you grab the very end of the brake lever from the
> drops and really squeeze hard.
> Anyone have any idea what this bike may be....and why these very
> nice-looking brakes don't work? Thanks in advance.
> Alan LaVine
> New York, NY, USA
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