After joining the retrobike parent club 4 weeks ago (suggest retrobike babygros for next merchandise item ...) I haven't had much time to ride, but in between nappy changes I have been able to sort out these 'Joes brakes'. Bought off a member here a while ago they were originally anodised a dark blue and were a set of 4 of the shorter arm rears. These would have been fine but better yet I managed to obtain a spare set of front arms from another member to make a front and rear specific set.
First job was to disassemble, press out the brass bushings and remove the anodising with some caustic then polish with wet and dry until my fingers ached.
Sent off to the anodisers with a seatbolt as a colour match, came back looking great - I think the colour is spot on.
Re-installed the brass bushings, cleaned up all the hardware and fiddled with millions of little parts until they fitted back together. Discovered that the stainless steel inserts which slide over the brake posts and around which the brass bushings pivot were a bit chewed up from someone removing them with a pair of pliers or mole grips - cue a lot more wet and dry action until they were smooth again.
Finally fitted to my Orange to up the purple count a little bit more. Trick anodised brakes were one of the parts I always lusted after BITD but at £100 an end could never afford so I'm pretty chuffed to finally get these.
One of my other jobs was to polish up a set of Salsa moto-ace flat bars. I struggle to go back to 23" bars so these 25" ones feel great and polished up with a couple of spare orange decals on there I think they look pretty good even if they're not period correct.