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ludedude
07-01-2008, 01:13 AM
Recently, with great help of a friend, I started to strip and repaint my single speed commuter (a 1978 Gitane with Super Vitus 971 tubing) to a "Richard Sachs inspired" paint scheme. :beer: The repaint is almost near completion. We had 2 coats of clear coat on just a few hours ago!

While I am rennovating the frame, I would like to make a few upgrades to the components as well. Among the upgrades I am planning to do are the brakes! Currently it has some Mafac Racer centerpulls which don't work so well. I am looking for a set of sidepulls that has non-recessed mounting hardware? Does anyone have a set lying around that they don't mind letting go? :cool: Thanks!

argus_
07-01-2008, 02:54 AM
I might be interested in your Mafacs, for an old road restoration I'm working on. (I broke the bank already, and shouldn't shell out for Campy NR calipers...) :cool:


Let me know if you'd like to get rid of 'em.

dannyg1
07-01-2008, 07:19 AM
Recently, with great help of a friend, I started to strip and repaint my single speed commuter (a 1978 Gitane with Super Vitus 971 tubing) to a "Richard Sachs inspired" paint scheme. :beer: The repaint is almost near completion. We had 2 coats of clear coat on just a few hours ago!

While I am rennovating the frame, I would like to make a few upgrades to the components as well. Among the upgrades I am planning to do are the brakes! Currently it has some Mafac Racer centerpulls which don't work so well. I am looking for a set of sidepulls that has non-recessed mounting hardware? Does anyone have a set lying around that they don't mind letting go? :cool: Thanks!

Pull the Mafac's off and do a complete tear down and cleaning, paying attention to the pivot points. Replace the pads. True the wheels if you like the tight feel of sidepulls. Go to Harris Cyclery's site for Sheldon's set-up guide and go to it.

Mafac centerpulls work fantastically well when set-up properly.

keevon
07-01-2008, 10:41 AM
None lying around, but try searching ebay for Gran Compe calipers. The New Gran Compe and Royal Gran Compe are exceptionally nice single-pivot brakes. If you're replacing Mafacs, I'm guessing you'll need the 'standard' (long) reach 500 model, so look for NGC-500 or RGC-500. Both can be had in a non-recessed version.

If you want dual-pivots, buy two front brakes. Mount one on the rear with a standard nut. Drill out the fork to accept a recessed nut, mount the other brake, and you're good to go. http://sheldonbrown.com/gloss_ra-e.html#recessed