Today I spent some quality time with the Laïti. I had new brake shoes, some 3-finger V-brake levers and a set of friction thumbies ready to go on.
I knew that the shoes where the right thickness and diameter, so I would be able to finally sort out the bike's braking problems.
This was going to be easy. Take the front wheel off, take the old brake shoes off, take the new brake shoes and ... oh bugger ...
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Here's what happened :
I'm still thinking that the shoes are the correct size. However their pivot point is more towards the outside and they are intended for a smaller pivot too.
Unfortunately I can't file down the shoes to suit the old pivot because the resulting lack of meat below the pivot would mean that the pads would just shoot upwards and stick there every time I applied the brakes.
I can't just make a smaller pivot pin and move it outwards either, because the opposite side of the current one locks into the fork and chainstay.
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Seeing as these brake shoes are readily available and the originals are impossible to find, I think it makes more sense to have a set of custom drum covers made to suit the new shoes.
Yes, it would probably be easier to just get my worn brake shoes re-lined. However if I do that I'll probably have to have them done again in a few years time and will probably have to search all over again.
If parts wear rapidly, I'd prefer them to be off-the-shelf items rather than one-offs.
I'll have a good look at them again tomorrow (a bit too tired to think straight really). I'll probably be ordering some slightly smaller pads and seeing if those do fit, but I'm not holding my breath.
Because the shoes didn't fit, there was little point in installing the brake levers either, which also meant that I might as well leave the ST-M095 on there rather than installing the friction shifters.
Today it was all or nothing really, and in the end it turned out to be nothing.
My chain tool also indicates that the chain is completely worn, which means I'll be getting a new chain and freewheel soon.
That's my chance to ditch all the Suntour parts and switch to Shimano, but it leaves me with another problem. Now I need to figure out how to get the freewheel assembly off the rear axle.
Normally you'd put a 4-pronged Suntour tool in a vice, put the entire wheel on top of that and turn the wheel. That's going to be difficult with this setup because that big bearing in the frame is actually a vital part of the wheel itself. I can't attach the wheel to the freewheel without that.
This job will probably require custom spacers and tools.
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Bart, you have no idea how lucky you are to have gotten rid of that thing. It's giving me nightmares already.
Well, at least I now have a freewheel ... (switches to spanish accent) ... on a stick.