Thanks, & Some rim-brake stuff, too.

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Scottm, Aug 20, 2007.

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  1. Scottm

    Scottm Guest

    I finally got my motor and bike put together correctly. I would not have been able to do it without all the help I received on this web site. Every question I had was answered. I rode my bike all weekend only stopping to sleep and mow the yard. My tail bone and arms are worn out as well as my face from grinning from ear to ear. Several people stopped me and asked where I got my bike or just to talk about it.
    Like I said in another post, in all my 38 years I've never had a pedal fall off a bike until this one. I highly recommend the safety tips fourm.
    Thanks to all the moderators, senior members and admins for making this site what it is. My best advice to all the new guys (if you read this after filling out an introduction) take a deep breath, slow down and take your time. You will be on the road in no time. If you can't find what you are looking for by searching, just browse the threads.
    I have 2 questions, can this be don on a bike with no hand brakes? I saw where people said replace the factory spark plug with a J8, why?

    Thanks so much, I love my motor bike

  2. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    wow, thank you for those kind words. it's always gratifying to hear we're doing things right. i look forward to watching you turn into one of the members the new guy thanks someday :cool:

    i have a coaster brake and love it...but don't try it without the safety redundancy of a front rim-brake at the least. there's nothing worse than trying to stop and suddenly needing to use your feet for balancing, it sure makes for a tough choice about whether to fall down or run into something :shock:
  3. Scottm

    Scottm Guest

    I have front and rear rim brakes. The rear brakes fell apart on my very first ride. With both sets working again, I still find myself making that choice of falling or hitting something. I have fallen twice.
    I got my bike at a pawn shop, I didn't think to check all the nuts and bolts till I got here.
  4. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    if you want to stay with rim-brakes, try this: it solved a big hand-control problem for sure, but as mbmike said, you're putting all your eggs in one basket.

    i really liked that setup because it fit my budget...after having a (still budget-minded) coaster-rear and rim-front, i've changed my preferences.
  5. wanger

    wanger Guest

    try MAGURA rim brakes hs33 they are hydraulic rim brakes that fit on standard post mounts
    pricing as far as i know is aproxx 90 - 99 pounds UK
    trials bikes use them as they work savagely
    i have a pair i use on my bike hs22 they are aproxx 10 years old [casting shows 96]

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  6. jealous of the hydraulic brakes! but my rear cantilever brakes work pretty well, they slow me to a stop from 20mph in abot 30 feet. If I need to stop more rapidly I use the front brakes.
  7. drimpact

    drimpact Member

    I use the exact set of levers as Augi, probably got it from the same seller on ebay.

    I love them! It took a few trials to get the front to rear balance right, but worth it. It is nice to have brakes on one side and the clutch on the other. I have seen installs with the clutch and brake levers on the same side and have ridden one of them. Hated it.....
  8. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    my first bike (haro in gallery) had both clutch and brake on left...when azvinnie took it for his first ride, he hit brake instead of clutch and endoed:eek:
    I have been using a double brake lever ever since :lol:
    I now have v-brake in back and drum in front...they stop me and a trailer carrying my 2 granddaughters just fine
  9. Scottm

    Scottm Guest

    I'm getting pretty good at switching between the clutch and brake. I am running out of room on the handle bars, as I'm sure you have encountered before. Brakes, clutch, mirror, light, gear shifts, kill switch. Now i need a basket for my trips to the ez mart. I've tried the type of mirror that fits into the end of the tube, but it just pops out.
    I don't know much about bike brakes, still learning to adjust them.
    Does anyone else's brakes squeel or make a loud racket? I've learned to throttle off a good distance from my stop.
    Thanks again for all the input. I love my bike. Every evening I ask my 2 girls 7 and 11 if they mind if daddy goes riding for 10 minutes.
  10. drimpact

    drimpact Member

    Bike brakes need to be adjusted so that the leading (front) edge makes contact with the wheel first. Just a little. too much toe in and your brakes wear uneven and braking power suffers. flat or toe out causes the brakes to squeal and or chatter.

    I hope this helps;)
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2007
  11. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

    thats a good tip....
    whats the best way to adjust the pads to toe in?
  12. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    just use a pair of channel locks, be careful bending cast brakes, & you don't need much.

    i've purposely toed mine a bit more than usual to tune it to only-supplement my rear-coaster.

    this gives you a much better feel for the brake, too...when properly adjusted, you have a much broader range of pressure to work with.
  13. Scottm

    Scottm Guest

    That helps a great deal indeed! Thanks. I'll tinker with them and see what I can do. Brakes are louder than motor but still work.
  14. drimpact

    drimpact Member

    Augi's way is the way to toe side pull brakes.

    For cantilever and v-brakes, there is an adjustment ball shaped washer thingy on the pad that lets you adjust the toe.

    Here is a link I found in this thread:

    About half way down the page it talks about toe in. Cantilever brakes adjust the same way

    Thanks Pete. It has pictures and everything :smile:
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2007
  15. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    hey, i had pictures too :cry:

    :p :lol:

    that's what i like about how we're all working least one of us owns one style or another of everything :cool:
  16. Scottm

    Scottm Guest

    It is cool to see all the advice and perspectives. I had bought my bike at a pawn shop, and the rear brakes came off the first ride. All I lost was the concave washers, and just threw some flat washers on. Now I know why they were rounded.
    There's a great bike and mower shop down the street, he usually gives me advice when my mowers break down. I owe him something and may have my brakes done professionally the first time.
    Thanks again. My brakes for the record have a cable that connects to a round disk just above each wheel and then two seperate cables that split to the left and right pads which are mounted to the bikes frame.

    I'm still messing around with my new camera software so I can reduce picture sizes.
  17. drimpact

    drimpact Member

    That type of brake is the cantilever:grin:
  18. drimpact

    drimpact Member

    And Darn nice ones to.:lol:

    I just wanted to point out the other types of rim brakes. I would hate for anyone to try bending v-brakes with channel locks. Although in my Huffy days I have been known to bend a part or two:rolleyes:
  19. Call me crazy but I like when my brakes squeal. It let's others know what's up.
    But then again,everyone stares at me anyway when I ride.
    Maybe it's my clothes.
    Maybe I should set that toe.
  20. Scottm

    Scottm Guest

    Thanks for the link
    That was good reading and info. Hopefully tonight or tomorrow morning I can get to work. My bike guy is 10 days behind plus i need to lean to do it myself.
    You all have been so helpful.
    Last night I was riding in the twilight up hill and into the wind with my lights on. Got passed by a Watauga DPS 2007 Dodge Charger (my tax dollars hard at work). He's the olny person who hasn't stopped to stare. It was the most awesome feeling at the end of the day. Reminded me of being a kid and riding my bike all over the neghborhood until it got dark. Day dreaming of being Buck Rogers or some sort of hero getting away or chasing the bad guy on my super jet bike. Sometimes I hear the theme from CHiPs playing in the back of my mind.
    Life is good, Thanks again for all the help.