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#341762 - 11/06/10 10:38 pm Improving Front Wheel Brakeing on a Brit  
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Single leading shoe brakes on some Brit Machines leave much to be desired. I have tried for over 50 years to improve my front brake on my BSA C12, I therefore had to smile at this I found on a site dedicated to the problem. I quote
from adealers mechanic. One of the local bikes is an Ariel Leader. The owner has fitted electric starting and a twin leading shoe front brake with much trial and error on the way.
1 longer operating arm This made the brake better but not much
2 floating brake shoes {the locating curve on the brake anchor is removed to allow the shoes to centralise ) , again a slight improvement
3 Two brake cams expanding the brakes at both ends, not recommended, no better than standard
4 Two cams with the trailing lobes removed , this used floating shoes , worked well but was slow releasing
5 Twin cams as above but with the locating curve retained though reduced to locate on the removed section of the brake cams. This was my suggestion and I have not seen him since, I blame the weather. Woodie

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#341780 - 11/07/10 12:00 am Re: Improving Front Wheel Brakeing on a Brit [Re: Sgt:Woodie]  
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I wouln't try two cams on a single leading shoe braking. The consequences could be drastic. There is too much flex in those backing plates leading to a bit of servo action. Not good. I did try carbon fiber shoes once and it was basically a revelation. Slow to warm up, but once warmed up was just as good as a well set-up TLS brake. Vintage car racers use this stuff.
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#341807 - 11/07/10 3:08 am Re: Improving Front Wheel Brakeing on a Brit [Re: Sgt:Woodie]  
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I prefer the clunky 8" TLS over conical still for looks and ease of adjustment. They look better made as well the conical always looked sort of plastic to me.
S

Last edited by 441cafeSteve; 11/07/10 9:13 am. Reason: Brake service rant deleted

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#341823 - 11/07/10 5:26 am Re: Improving Front Wheel Brakeing on a Brit [Re: ]  
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Originally Posted By: BenG
He made the brake so that the brake cam was free to move fore and aft in a slightly oval hole in the backing plate.


Is there any sort of spring mechanism to return the cam to the centre of the oval hole when you release the brake?


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#341848 - 11/07/10 10:40 am Re: Improving Front Wheel Brakeing on a Brit [Re: 441/R3cafeSteve]  
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Originally Posted By: 441cafeSteve
the conical always looked sort of plastic to me.

IMHO,the conical brake is a good stopper, these brakes can be improved by fitting longer brake lever arms. Even on a relatively heavy bike like my Trident, this brake works fine.


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#341863 - 11/07/10 1:02 pm Re: Improving Front Wheel Brakeing on a Brit [Re: Sgt:Woodie]  
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Or just swap it for a Honda CB175 TLS brake, that works... smile


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#341868 - 11/07/10 1:22 pm Re: Improving Front Wheel Brakeing on a Brit [Re: Sgt:Woodie]  
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Or you could find one of these rather good double sided SLS brakes that came on Ducatis etc...



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