Never had a problem setting up cantis. I dunno why people fuss and fret over the prospect of setting them up.
Thanks for the help, its possible to pick up years of set up experience in a few minutes - good old Retrobike
I am not fussing and fretting, just want to get the best possible set up
One question though
- on the brake boos on the forks (and rear) there are 3 holes for the spring to fit into, which one should you use. I always assumed the one which gave the greatest tension ??
I start on the middle hole as a datum, but if the tension screw doesn't have enough range I use a different hole as apprpriate to get the spring tension required.
Set up on side, adjust. Set up and tension the other aide to match, adjust the brake block positioning, then fit the cable and set the cable adjustmet. I usually set the cable adjusters 5 full turns in, set the cable to pull the blocks right against the rim, then wind the adjuster back out as far as it'll go,
And that's usually perfect. Simples.
Biggest problem I'm seeing now is nacked springs on 30 year old cantis giving wildly differig tensions across the same set of brakes. Short of cannibalising the springs from a cheapo set of new cantis I don't know what the answer is.