'04 Record brake pad setup
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    '04 Record brake pad setup

    They've got the orbital brake shoe thing. The directions say to set up the brake pads parallel and centered on the braking surface. That sounds easy enough. But what is a good way to set toe-in and how toed in should they be? Would it be easier to make these adjustments with the brake cable installed and tensioned?

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    cables first..

    Always install the cables first. Loosen the pad clamp bolts slightly and squeeze the brake lever tight to align the pads with the rim. Relax the lever tension a bit and move the pads so they are centered on the braking surface. Squeeze the brake lever hard and tighten the pad clamp bolt. Recheck to be sure that the pad did not rotate when the clamp bolts were tightened.

    Recently, I've found no need to toe-in. Toe-in can be useful if you experience brake squeal. It doesn't have to be very much, only 1-2mm. I know someone makes a tool which will hold a thin spacer at the leading end of the pad, but I've never used one. A thin piece of single-ply cardboard makes a nice spacer. Cut the cardboard into a thin strip and bend into a U shape that allows both sides to be done at the same time. The spacer must be in place before tightening the pad clamp bolts.

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    Credit card spacer

    A credit card or the carboard from an inner tube box (for example) makes a fine spacer if you need to toe in the pads. Just clamp the brake on with the spacer under the rear of the pad and the bolt a little loose. Go with the minimum toe in to eliminate squeal, otherwise you'll just wear the pads funny and lose braking power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerry Irons
    A credit card or the carboard from an inner tube box (for example) makes a fine spacer if you need to toe in the pads. Just clamp the brake on with the spacer under the rear of the pad and the bolt a little loose. Go with the minimum toe in to eliminate squeal, otherwise you'll just wear the pads funny and lose braking power.
    Thanks fellas

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