I’m doing a brevet this weekend, and put some lighter tires on in preparation. I ran into an interesting dilemma – the Paul Racers that I had recently put on in place of my Silver Sidepulls were much harder to release. I had to lengthen the hanger cable so I could get the cable button out of the brake arm release. Now there is more play in my lever before the braking starts. Annoying.
This was a simple flip of the finger before with the sidepulls. Wow – there is something to be said for simplicity. Don’t get me wrong, the Racers are beautiful and have better modulation than the Silvers. BTW – for me this means there is more action or length of pull at the lever for the equivalent brake force, and the braking force increases incrementally as I move the lever through its arc – i.e. it’s not grabby and has more feel. Important to some, but I got used to v-brakes, so I don’t really notice it much.
The Silvers had just as much stopping force, no exposed cable, and are much easier to release. This comes in handy when I have to change a tire on the side of the road. Sometimes I should just leave things well-enough alone…
a ct cyclist said:
I have Paul Racers on the rear and Grand Comp 610 center pulls on the front. Both Brakes are difficult to release. My solution was barrel adjuster that I loosen to release and tighten to fine tune the brakes once I have the wheel mounted. I was a little surprised that they were so difficult to release since I never had that problem w/ the Mafac Racers on my refurbed Peugeot. I’ll be doing some up grades soon and I may try to see if the front Mafac Racers in my parts bin work easier and maybe better.