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Old 06-21-11, 02:52 AM
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Lack of adjuster for rear brake cable

(The bike is a 1984 Nishiki International, with non-aero Dia-Compe brake levers.)

How/where can I add a cable adjuster for the rear brake? The braze-on is stupidly narrow, and I don't think it even fits a ferrule. Using one of those rear brake hangers that attach to the seat post bolt would probabaly conflict with the braze on (and it would be horribly inelegant!).

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Old 06-21-11, 04:25 AM
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You can use an in-line cable adjuster.
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Ditto rogerstg. You may want to search for a "Dia Compe brake adjusting barrel and nut". These run about $2 each, or $12 for a bag of 10. The narrow ones are 6mm, threaded/slotted, with 7mm and 8mm diameters as well in different depths for your braze-on rear hanger bridge or for mtn bike brake levers. Is your braze-on hanger threaded inside?
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Old 06-21-11, 07:52 PM
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My 1966 Raleigh Carlton has an adjuster on a similarly sized braze-on. I've no idea where to get one.
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Old 06-21-11, 08:38 PM
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If you can track down an old Mafac cable adjuster, it might work; they are about as narrow as they come. Maybe a bike co-op, or a well equipped bike shop with a large storage space for spare parts.
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The cable adjuster (and quick release) was in the brake lever.
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I don't think it's threaded, no.
Maybe one of those Mafacs would work, I'll see if I can find one.
SBinNYC, do you mean the fairly large-diameter threaded bit just where the cable housing enters the lever? Maybe mine's just too rusted, because I can't turn it without the housing itself starting to rotate. A cable/housing replacement is more or less in order anyway.

Maybe I can add another, slightly related question: Do you know of any clever substitutes for the little bit that connects the main and transverse cables? I recently bought a (very much used) five dollar bike, and the rear brake lacks this part.
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