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    Posted: Sep/13/2013 at 5:34pm
Originally posted by Von44

I just picked up a mtn bike from a police auction that I'm planning on using for school but the rear brakes need to be replaced. It had Shimano v-brakes. My question is, can I just replace them with any other set of Shimano v-brakes or is there a particular one? The specs didn't list the style- just said Shimano v-brakes.


Holy shit this site is so fucked...I know I know...I'm sure it's all been discussed in many other threads, but I haven't looked. I tried a few weeks back or whenever, but I almost had a seizure so I haven't been back.

ANYWAYS...on topic,
any v-brakes should work. Could probably even go to canties if you wanted via a problems solver seat clamp, but let's keep things simple here.

What makes the brake need replacing?

If you want to spend as little money as possible, but have a functioning brake, you can just slap a pair of entry level Tektro brakes on there for about 16 bucks..problem solved. In the low 20's you can pick up Shimano's entry pair as well at a significant increase in quality. Not mind blowing levels, but enough to be noted.
Keep in mind that a new set of brakes does not come with a new cable, so if the cable is all fuckered up and if the noodle is bent or worn out that will need to be replaced as well. Also make sure the housing ends have clean cuts on them, and that they are not cracked and have smooth bends in them. Any kink in the housing, will cause your brake to feel like shit regardless.
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  Quote Von44 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/13/2013 at 8:50pm
Originally posted by batmanwest

Originally posted by Von44

I just picked up a mtn bike from a police auction that I'm planning on using for school but the rear brakes need to be replaced. It had Shimano v-brakes. My question is, can I just replace them with any other set of Shimano v-brakes or is there a particular one? The specs didn't list the style- just said Shimano v-brakes.


Holy shit this site is so fucked...I know I know...I'm sure it's all been discussed in many other threads, but I haven't looked. I tried a few weeks back or whenever, but I almost had a seizure so I haven't been back.

ANYWAYS...on topic,
any v-brakes should work. Could probably even go to canties if you wanted via a problems solver seat clamp, but let's keep things simple here.

What makes the brake need replacing?

If you want to spend as little money as possible, but have a functioning brake, you can just slap a pair of entry level Tektro brakes on there for about 16 bucks..problem solved. In the low 20's you can pick up Shimano's entry pair as well at a significant increase in quality. Not mind blowing levels, but enough to be noted.
Keep in mind that a new set of brakes does not come with a new cable, so if the cable is all fuckered up and if the noodle is bent or worn out that will need to be replaced as well. Also make sure the housing ends have clean cuts on them, and that they are not cracked and have smooth bends in them. Any kink in the housing, will cause your brake to feel like shit regardless.
Thanks for the reply batmanwest. It was noted during the auction that the rear brakes need to be replaced. I guess that's why I ended up nabbing the bike for $70. When I picked it up, I gave it a test ride and they weren't kidding. Rear brakes were completely shot! I was lucky I went slow just to be sure.

But yeah, I'm not looking to spend much on it. I just want something decent that'll work and won't give me trouble. I only asked about Shimano vbrakes cuz that's what they originally came with so I thought I'd stick to that. But I'll keep my options open and have a look around. Hopefully it's not too much of a pain to install.
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  Quote j_lucky84 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/26/2013 at 2:34pm
Gonna buy my second bike here in a couple weeks. It's too small for my lanky ass, but it's a bit of nostalgia from my childhood, and I'd be more than happy to ride around lookin like sasquatch on a minibike :D
It's a 96 Trek Subhead, a 20" bmx that i used to own (when i was 11-12ish). It was unfortunately stolen. I decided to look it up the other day and found one for sale for $100. A buddy of mine is gonna be making a trip soon to the area the guy lives, and will bring it back for me... Happy days!

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I bought mine (a road bike) a few years ago (I forgot... like 6 years ago?) from internet. It cost me ~$700 and they said if you buy it from a brand name with same component, it would cost $1500.
So.. I guess it's a decent bike.
I live in So. Cal and I ride my bike on the beach once a month. I tried century once but failed at 80 miles. (started having muscle cramp every few minutes) I'm going to try that again this Friday!!!
 
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  Quote diviesti Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct/03/2013 at 8:43am
Originally posted by clive27

I bought mine (a road bike) a few years ago (I forgot... like 6 years ago?) from internet. It cost me ~$700 and they said if you buy it from a brand name with same component, it would cost $1500.
So.. I guess it's a decent bike.
I live in So. Cal and I ride my bike on the beach once a month. I tried century once but failed at 80 miles. (started having muscle cramp every few minutes) I'm going to try that again this Friday!!!
 

Sounds like you bought it from bikes direct. Good luck on the century, that had to be tough stopping 20 miles short



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Blllllaaaaggggghhhhhh!



I started cruising around the last couple weeks after I got a 29er mtb, those big wheels roll.  Above is a little video with my dogs, this area is right behind my house here in SW reno.  The brown pow is kinda fun but I'm ready for some snow (and I think I see some up there right now, looks like the levels came down to almost 6k feet !!!)

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