18 June, 2010

Front Brake

I realized I needed a front brake on Ratty. The rear brake alone doesn't quite inspire confidence when needing to stop at 50mph, which didn't think I would be running that fast in this beast. I'll let the pictures and captions do the talking.

Old grungy front brake inner workings:

Backing plate, two shoes, springs, and the rotating shoe spreader thingy:

All cleaned up, pivot points lubed:

Shoes and springs installed:


I had a spare front brake cable that I made work after some fiddling and head scratching. I haven't yet run the bike out on the road, but it does stop the front wheel from turning when applied!


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