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Conical hub front brake switch alternatives #513790
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71/72 Conical front brake.

I would like to fit a front brake cable without the switch for better feel and action.

Any thoughts on an elegant alternative switch?

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Re: Conical hub front brake switch alternatives [Re: RJG] #513794
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Up until 71/72 Triumphs had NO front brake switch. I had a new cable made that was much heavier and no switch. One of the easiest, cheapest things to do to improve the front brake.
It is highly unlikely that you will ever meet a police officer who is an expert on the 71/72 Triumph.


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Re: Conical hub front brake switch alternatives [Re: desco] #513797
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I completely agree with you.

However, I would feel much happier with a front brake switch.....

Re: Conical hub front brake switch alternatives [Re: desco] #513804
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Originally Posted By: desco
Up until 71/72 Triumphs had NO front brake switch.


My '70 Bonnie has a front brake switch. I believe they were introduced for the 1969 model year. I doubt that removing the switch will improve the brake feel any great amount - a solution looking for a problem.

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Re: Conical hub front brake switch alternatives [Re: RJG] #513824
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This might be begging the question, but have you adjusted the brake shoes?

Also, you can lengthen the brake cam arms or buy a pair.

With a good set of linings (from Vintage Brake), turned to the diameter of the drum and properly adjusted the 1971-72 brake is pretty darn good.


Re: Conical hub front brake switch alternatives [Re: Bruce Martin] #513839
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Hi,

Originally Posted By: Bruce Martin
Originally Posted By: desco
Up until 71/72 Triumphs had NO front brake switch.

My '70 Bonnie has a front brake switch. I believe they were introduced for the 1969 model year.

Fwiw, the earliest T150 parts book - for the earliest bikes built during what was the 1968 'season' for other models - doesn't show a switch but the later '69 books do.

Originally Posted By: Bruce Martin
I doubt that removing the switch will improve the brake feel any great amount - a solution looking for a problem.

My experience too. My T150 has a front brake switch and the pre-conical brake, the brake is fine ... 'til you start using the bike for track days, riding down mountains two-up, etc., etc. grin then it gets a bit ... uh ... overwhelmed ... whistle

Hth.

Regards,

Re: Conical hub front brake switch alternatives [Re: RJG] #513846
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I bought an after market front brake cable some years ago with an in cable switch which only made contact when the brake nearly blocked.

I ditched it and fabricated a "Radio Shack" micro switch on the handle.
I can post photo's when I found them (at work the photo sites are blocked).


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Re: Conical hub front brake switch alternatives [Re: RJG] #513851
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If you are looking for better font brake action, look for other things than the brake switch.
A cable without this switch will do nothing to improve braking.
Are you sure the brake shoes were adjusted correctly ?
As one poster above noted, longer brake cam arms for the brake plate are available, but in my opinion unneccesary for a good working brake.

Last edited by Peter R; 11/08/13 4:50 am.

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Re: Conical hub front brake switch alternatives [Re: RJG] #513857
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Ger, I think this is the thread where you posted the pictures.

http://www.britbike.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=259364&page=2

I say think, because the pics are no longer visible.


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Re: Conical hub front brake switch alternatives [Re: RJG] #513862
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Personally, I always use a touch of the back brake when using the front.
I know it doesn't answer the question, but any significant speed reduction normally needs the back as well.

Re: Conical hub front brake switch alternatives [Re: RJG] #513868
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Ger, I think this is the thread

Correct.

I work at my clients now and see red crosses where I'd like to see photo's.
I can check later. If the links don't work any more I'll restore the pictures from my files.

And now fried cod. Every friday for the complete yard and offices. Nice client grin


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Re: Conical hub front brake switch alternatives [Re: RJG] #513869
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Pictures also posted on this thread (which is definitely worth a read):

http://www.britbike.com/forums/ubbthread...0042#Post500042

My thoughts are you dont want the switch.

Cheers


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Re: Conical hub front brake switch alternatives [Re: RJG] #513890
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Thanks very much for all the replies.

I should have stated at the start that the brake is very powerful. It is completely standard. I was able to buy a few years ago a NOS hub and brake plate. With new shoes and adjusted as per book it worked and continues to work very well. By work well, I mean it is not short of power.

What It does not have is a nice feel.

There is a lot to think about in your responses, and a particular thank you for the microswitch pictures.

I will look at again it this weekend with the many suggestions in mind.

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Pictures also posted on this thread

Thanks for the find, Brizzo. You saved me some work.
bigt


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Re: Conical hub front brake switch alternatives [Re: RJG] #513954
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A couple of people in their responses mentioned the earlier brake did not seem to suffer with the in line cable switch.

This made me think, so I had a good look at the set up on my bike - which I believe is completely stock.

To be clear on my complaints, the brake is very powerful, although sometimes it needs a couple of pulls to get it working.

Moving the brake lever slowly after it has sat for a few minutes, the following steps occur:-

1. Front cam lever moves, then
2. Outer cable compresses enough to
3. Move rear cam lever, then
4. Outer cable continues to compress
5. The slack around the switch is taken up
6. Both cam levers work as they should

If the brake is released, and then reapplied quickly, steps 2,4 and 5 are almost eliminated. Action is good and brake seems super powerful.

I surmise there are two reasons for the feel problem

1. The length of the cable. It is longer than the earlier brake cable as it needs to exit the rear cam lever parallel to the ground in order to keep things at 90 degrees. The additional length means the cable is both heavier and springier than the older brake. The increased weight means the cable falls under its own weight over time and pushes the rear cam forwards, and opens up a gap between the outer cable and the switch.
2. The lack of a "hard point". Interestingly on the older bike the outer cable bears on a hard point on the brake plate (rather than the rear cam lever), so the falling cable phenomenon goes away.

So I conclude I am stuck with both the above problems unless I can find an outer cable of infinite compression rigidity and zero weight. I believe I have exhausted the search for this. I can however remove the brake switch and eliminate step 5.

Does this make sense?


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