CustomCycles

Raleigh Chopper and Custom Bike Forum
It is currently Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:18 pm

All times are UTC + 5 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 8 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Improving brakes on MKII
PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 10:33 pm 
Offline

Joined: Thu Mar 01, 2012 8:21 pm
Posts: 11
Location: gateshead
Hi,
I've rebuilt a MKII and am going to attempt the C2C on it.
www.purplechopper.co.uk
To 'help' me up the hills I've converted it to 6 speed (adding a derailleur with 2 sprockets) which did cause a few problems initially but hopefully they are now sorted.
My next issue is the ineffectiveness of the brakes once I start coming down the other side.
I'm using stock single pivot sidepulls and I've fitted them with leather faced brake bloacks - but it hasn't made agreat deal of difference.

I'm looking for (cheap) conversion or suggestions (as I may only do the 1 long distance ride on it) to try and improve the effectiveness of the brakes.
I had considered replacing the rear with a dual pivot only to be told you can't get them with the reach and width to fit the rims.
I'm also thinking of possibly mounting 2 single sidepulls on the back by making some kind of bracket and have them (somehow) both being operated from the one lever - anyone tried it??

Has anyone improved their bike's braking in the name of safety in any other way??


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Improving brakes on MKII
PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:59 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:42 am
Posts: 117
have you tried disc brakes? if its only gonna be a rider i have considered doing it.. :mrgreen:
cheers,
Jake

looks like u may need 2 take a few links out the chain. may get it sitting better. I.M.O


Very good work though!

_________________
FiNd mE On InStAgRaM : http://instagram.com/jakeoleskool# :

check us out on facebook : https://www.facebook.com/groups/1112890 ... 4/?fref=ts:


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Improving brakes on MKII
PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 12:38 am 
Offline

Joined: Thu Mar 01, 2012 8:21 pm
Posts: 11
Location: gateshead
Thanks for the suggestion.
I want to avoid discs or centre pull as it'll require welding mounts which IMO would detract from its originality.
Ill recalculate the chain length.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Improving brakes on MKII
PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 12:44 am 
Offline

Joined: Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:42 am
Posts: 117
i know but ti would look kool :D

cheers,
Jake

_________________
FiNd mE On InStAgRaM : http://instagram.com/jakeoleskool# :

check us out on facebook : https://www.facebook.com/groups/1112890 ... 4/?fref=ts:


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Improving brakes on MKII
PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 12:51 am 
Offline
Site Admin

Joined: Tue Dec 07, 2004 4:52 am
Posts: 2559
Location: North West Frontier
I doubt you will really have any problems if you have new pads and correctly adjusted callipers .
Loads of people have done long truips with modded choppers , and rarely have they needed to upgrade the brakes . I mean ...how fast do you want to go ?? (on a thirty year old kids bike ) :lol: :wink:
The ratio upgrade and extra seat padding are as much as you really need .
Have fun !!!

_________________
Raleigh Chopper


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Improving brakes on MKII
PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 1:34 am 
Offline

Joined: Thu Mar 01, 2012 8:21 pm
Posts: 11
Location: gateshead
Yup., I guess that's a fair point although my mates on 'normal' bikes may disagree


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Improving brakes on MKII
PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 4:21 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Jul 17, 2008 5:49 am
Posts: 491
Location: Reading
Fitted some standard rubber pads onto a MK2 today at work. The original leather middled ones were quite bad, even with the brakes fully adjusted up. Standard Ashima replacements, gave them an instant power increase.

I'd recommend plain rubber pads. Check out the outer cables and make sure there isn't much loss on there, as it may be worth fitting new pads, inners and outers, even if it's a temporary one in order to do the C2C.

Danny

_________________
2006 Viper TR-4/0
1974 Raleigh Esquire
1935 Hercules Model G (Unfinished)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Improving brakes on MKII
PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 2:49 pm 
Offline
Site Admin
User avatar

Joined: Mon Dec 06, 2004 11:52 pm
Posts: 3371
Location: Forres, Scotland
Oh and buy a pair of padded cycling shorts as well, just in case you have`nt thought of that!

_________________
I'm sorry you must be confusing me with someone who gives a shit.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 8 posts ] 

All times are UTC + 5 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
cron
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group