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    Adjusting Cantilever Brakes - Pads Crooked

    I have an old bike that I am trying to get road worthy so I can use it to commute to work. I can't seem to get the brake pads in the back to close evenly. One pad always sticks when the brakes are released. I changed the cables and still the problem. Can anyone help me with this?? Thanks!!

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    What brand of Canti's are they. If they are Shimano, there will be a spring adjustment on one side. You can adjust this spring with the small screw to even the spring tension out. If this does not work (or they are other brands) try reading this guideline

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    they are dia comp... i will check out the link... thanks

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    The old Dia Compe brakes used a 13mm cone wrench to adjust the springs on each side. You hold the bolt with a 5mm hex then adjust the spring tension with the 13mm cone on the hex nut under each arm.

    IMO they were actually better than the Shimano brakes in those days

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    The Dia Compe 986 is still one of the best cantilever brakes out there.
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