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How To Adjust Spring Tension On Dia Compe Cantilever Brakes

I show how to adjust the spring tension on Dia Compe cantilever brakes. Most cantilever brakes have a little part of the spring that sticks out the back and fits into one of the holes in the boss. But Dia Compe cantilever brakes may only have one side that uses the holes in the boss, …Read more »

Replacing V Brake/Cantilever Pivot Posts

One of the brake studs on this mountain bike was bent and the other was gone. Maybe the missing post had been broken or bent as well. I show how to remove the old studs and install the new ones. This bike is a 2005 Specialized Hardrock Sport. I got it cheap, but there is …Read more »

Converting Bike From V Brakes To Cantilever Brakes

This bike originally had cantilever brakes. But the guy I bought it from had converted it to V-brakes. But there were unused the cable stops and guides. And he zip tied a cable to the top tube. Pretty ugly. So I removed the v-brakes and installed brand new cantilever brakes. It looks much better.

Installing Ergo Brake Levers – Vintage Bike Update

I decided to update this vintage road bike. The bike came with non-aero brakes and safety levers. I had these Cane Creek ergonomic style brake levers lying around anyway. It’s a relatively easy and cheap upgrade and goes a long way to improving the bike. The bike is a 1987 Lotus Excelle Sport Series (made …Read more »

Replacing Shimano Altus Cantilever Brakes (Cracked Plastic Collars)

In this video I replace Shimano Altus cantilever brakes with broken plastic spring covers. All three bikes I was working on had the Shimano Altus brakes with the grey plastic spring covers (BR-CT90). All of them were broken, or at least cracked. I have tried to fix the plastic collars with epoxy and model glue, …Read more »