Side-pull caliper brakes what brand is good?



chuck68429

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Hello everyone, I'm rebuilding an early 1980's road bike. It had Shimano Tourney center-pull brakes that are totally beat now. I want to replace them with side-pull calipers. What is a good inexpensive choice? I'm building this bike on a tight budget,re- using what I can and replacing the rest as economically as possible. Any help/suggestions would be welcome. This is my first total rebuild in 20-plus years! Thanks!
 

CAMPYBOB

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shimaNO 105's or Tektro's.

Cheap and stiffer than anything the '80's had to offer this side of Campagnolo Record sidepulls.
 

oldbobcat

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Be sure to check the reach, though. If this bike is as old and down-market as I think it is, you may need long-reach calipers. Measure the vertical distance from the center of the sidewall of the rim to the center of the brake bolt, and purchase accordingly.
 

CAMPYBOB

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Good point! Tourneys were cheaper models and generally found on bikes with fender clearance. The long reach version was probably the more popular option in the States.
 

alfeng

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Quote: Originally Posted by oldbobcat .
Be sure to check the reach, though. If this bike is as old and down-market as I think it is, you may need long-reach calipers. Measure the vertical distance from the center of the sidewall of the rim to the center of the brake bolt, and purchase accordingly.


+1 ...

BUT, the reach may not be just "long" (49mm-59mm) by today's standards, but possibly extra long (63mm-75mm) ...

So, the only current option (which 'I' know of) for replacement calipers would be made by TEKTRO ...

  • while TEKTRO brake calipers are not particularly expensive, but they may cost more than you want to spend

FWIW. Try cleaning & lubing the mechanism + replacing the pads (minimally, remove the glaze from the contact surface of the brake pads) ...

PLUS, lube-or-replace your current current brake cables & housing!!!

You may find that your current center-pull calipers are more-than adequate when they are functioning as intended.
 

chuck68429

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Thanks to Bob,Alfeng, and Oldbobcat. Damn, you guys sure gave me something to consider. I will certainly measure the clearance and distance needed for proper fit of the new brakes. I don't think it will pose a problem though. The bike didn't have fenders on it, and all the pictures I've seen online of them don't have fenders either. If I have any doubts I will go to my LBS. the mechanic there is real good. The old brakes are beyond salvage, one is bent badly, and the other looks like it was hit with a chisel. Thanks again for all the help/ information.