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    V Brake Install on Specialized Hotwalk Balance Bike

    Installed v-brakes on my sonís Specialized Hotwalk 12Ē balance bike. Got a bunch of tips from a fellow blogger. Below are the parts I've used for anyone interested:

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    - V Brake mount adapter (Evolution Bike Co in Georgia $60)
    - V Brake boss from LBS $5 (10mm coarse thread)
    - Tektro Mini BMX Brake/Lever/Cable set from JensonUSA $17

    I shaved down a section of the brake pads since the rear of the pads were closer to the rim than the front and throwing off the modulation of the brake lever squeeze. This is because I moved all the concave pad washers to the outside of the v brake to allow the brake arms to be within recommended specs. If I installed with the pad washers in the proper positions, the top of the brake arms would have extended out too much, and I didnít want the arms getting caught up on my sonís legs.

    Otherwise, the install was straight forward. My 2.5 year old son can grab and pull the lever without issue.
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    Great idea! Wish I did it when my daughter had hers.

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    I like it! Getting him used to hand brakes now will aid the transition to a "real" bike that much easier. Good job :-)

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    Thanks for posting this! My son's Hotwalk doesn't have brakes either so I was looking for ways to add brakes to it. Looks pretty straight forward and relatively inexpensive. Thank you!

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    Such a good idea. Great work.

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    I'm having difficulty finding the clamp on v-brake adapter online. Is this a LBS only item?

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    I did something similar, but install a disc brake.


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    Quote Originally Posted by roesbra View Post
    I did something similar, but install a disc brake.
    Sticking finger into a spinning disk rotor can easily amputate a finger, don't leave the bike within easy reach where kids can play with it unsupervised.

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    Yeah I'm not a big safety freak but I could never feel comfortable letting my 2-3 year old use that unattended. plus it is way overkill.
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    Glad this came up. I was looking at that and thinking "Damn, that's expensive", but then realized you can just unbolt it and move it on to the next bike when the time comes.

    I have a Hotrock 16 that I want to put a brake on. I was just going to throw a caliper brake on there because something is better than nothing right now (using it as balance, no pedals), but this here may be an even better option.

    EDIT: Looking at the pics of the clamps, do they not already have the V-brake bosses installed? Or am I missing something? Trying to figure out how it all goes together.

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    I called Evolution Bike Co. to order a set of those clamps. They had 3 left when I ordered, and have another shipment of 100 coming in in about two months. He said this new batch will be anodized in various colors. They also charge sales tax for out-of-state sales, just FYI, something about covering their ass with the gov't changing their rules.

    Now to source some v-brake bosses and buy the mini v-brake kit.

    Is the cable that comes in the Tektro mini v-brake kit decent, or should I find something else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrayJay View Post
    Sticking finger into a spinning disk rotor can easily amputate a finger, don't leave the bike within easy reach where kids can play with it unsupervised.
    Always be careful with children, never my son is only biking. the purpose disc brake is minimize stress and fatigue when walking child.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roesbra View Post
    I did something similar, but install a disc brake.

    It's very beautiful.
    Where do you have found the adaptor for the caliper?
    And what this the hub?
    If I can create this one, I create the disc with carbone.

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    Well all my stuff came in, just have to throw it on there now. The v-brake bosses were $10 for a pair of used ones at my LBS. I should have just bought Aluminum ones for a bit more, think of all the weight savings!

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    OK...chain guard bracket is right in the way of the clamp location. I guess I have to grind it off our read around to see what others have done.

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    Unless I can put them on the chainstays instead, haven't checked that yet.

    EDIT: Nevermind, I think it'll hit the chain that way.

    Hmmm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave88LX View Post
    OK...chain guard bracket is right in the way of the clamp location. I guess I have to grind it off our read around to see what others have done.

    Unless I can put them on the chainstays instead, haven't checked that yet.

    EDIT: Nevermind, I think it'll hit the chain that way.

    Hmmm.
    Dave88LX,

    What did you ever work out with these? I went to order the V brake adapter plate from Dan's Comp today and it's no longer listed on their site. Guess I'm willing to pay a bit more for these clamp on ones if that's all I can find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJH View Post

    Dave follow the instructions the poster put up. I was the one who originally did this but the OP fine tuned it. As you can see I am also running this set up on a 12 in cult pedal bike. The clamps are the best way to go to get the best braking power for your little guy. I chose to go with an avid 5 brake lever as it not only adjust the lever position but also how the easy or hard the lever pulls. My 2 year could easily lock the rear wheel up. Hope this helps

    Dave88LX,

    What did you ever work out with these? I went to order the V brake adapter plate from Dan's Comp today and it's no longer listed on their site. Guess I'm willing to pay a bit more for these clamp on ones if that's all I can find.

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    Hi,

    I also would like to install v-brake to 12" Scott Voltage Walker
    Do you think will it work?

    Thanks.
    (I've started own topic before I found this thread, anyway that would be useful for future searchers too)

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    Hope you don't think I'm taking the pee..
    I'm over the pond in the UK and wanting to fit a rear brake to my crazy sons Hoy balance bike.
    Getting the mounts shipped over might be costly once customs get hold of them.
    Is there any chance you could give me some dimensions on the mounts please? I can then knock some up on my mill.

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    Hey Goldigger, happy to send you the 3-d CAD model (or pdf of the drawing) of my version of hte mounts if you're interested.


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    Hi Nyquist, is there any chance you could send me CAD model of your mounts? Thanks

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    Here's my mounts I machined...
    Installed the tektro mini V Brakes..




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    Very impressive, wish I had your skills.

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    I recently picked up this Tektro kit and custom mounts while working in the states and its a real neat solution. I bought two complete sets so if anyone in the UK needs a set at cost, let me know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave88LX View Post
    I called Evolution Bike Co. to order a set of those clamps. They had 3 left when I ordered, and have another shipment of 100 coming in in about two months. He said this new batch will be anodized in various colors. They also charge sales tax for out-of-state sales, just FYI, something about covering their ass with the gov't changing their rules.

    Now to source some v-brake bosses and buy the mini v-brake kit.

    Is the cable that comes in the Tektro mini v-brake kit decent, or should I find something else?

    I'm about to add this to my sons hotrock 16 bike. I have the evolution clamps with bosses that came with it and The mini v brake kit. The bolts that came with the kit seem to screw in fine. Am I missing something since you guys went and got new bosses. Please let me know as I'm adding this for Xmas and want to make sure I have what I need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shiftredline View Post
    I'm about to add this to my sons hotrock 16 bike. I have the evolution clamps with bosses that came with it and The mini v brake kit. The bolts that came with the kit seem to screw in fine. Am I missing something since you guys went and got new bosses. Please let me know as I'm adding this for Xmas and want to make sure I have what I need.
    No you won't need anything else. I used the bosses that came with the V brake kit.

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    Lucky guys. Neither my clamps nor v-brake kit came with the posts, so I had to buy a set on my own.

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    Please excuse my limited mechanical abilities. Im going to try add these V-Brakes to my Kids Hot Walk. Today he was flying down hills like a wrecking ball.

    Questions:

    1) Is this the item I need:

    Tektro BMX BRK/LVR/CBL Set > Components > Brakes > Linear Pull and V-Brakes | Jenson USA

    I know it says cable set, does that mean its all inclusive with the cable? Yes dumb question.

    2) What is the V-Brake Boss? Is that the peg that comes out of the mount? Because in the photos at Evolution Bike Company Looks like they are already there.

    Thank you for your patience.

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    Item listed looks like what you need but you will need to check with provider to see if it ships with cables.
    The Brake Boss is the peg on which the brake sits again check with the provider that these are included.
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    That kit includes brake caliper/lever/cable. Make sure it's the mini kit.

    My Tektro kit did not include bosses, nor did the clamps from Evolution, although I think they may ship with them now, you need to check with them. I got mine from the local bike shop/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave88LX View Post
    That kit includes brake caliper/lever/cable. Make sure it's the mini kit.

    My Tektro kit did not include bosses, nor did the clamps from Evolution, although I think they may ship with them now, you need to check with them. I got mine from the local bike shop/

    THANK YOU... I just spoke to Jenson and they confirmed it does have the cable. Also Spoke with Evolution and they now include the bosses. I should have everything by Friday. Thanks again.

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    For those of you who did this did you use the 1st 2nd or 3rd hole in the Evolution Brake Mount? If it was the 1st or the 3rd do you mean the one closest to the front or back of the bike.

    Thanks,

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    J, Got your PM. I used the middle hole. Have you tried screwing in the little screws on either side near the pads to get some more spring tension to get the caliper arms to reset back out? It takes a little messing around to set them up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave88LX View Post
    J, Got your PM. I used the middle hole. Have you tried screwing in the little screws on either side near the pads to get some more spring tension to get the caliper arms to reset back out? It takes a little messing around to set them up.

    Thank you for your quick response. My son rides this thing everyday now. So it can't be out of commission to long. I have not played with those screw much, but its good to know it needs to be in the middle hole. Ill put that back on like that. The other question I had was do the spacers on the brake pads need to be adjusted at all or the way they come out of the box is correct?

    Thanks again,

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    OK so those two little screws, you'll see them when you look at the caliper, are what control spring tension (how hard it is to squeeze the lever), and also how the caliper arms center on the rim. Maybe go in a turn per side at a time and see how things work out, then either back off one side or add a little more pressure to the other side if they are off-center.

    There is a fat and a skinny spacer. I believe I have the fat spacer on the side of the pad and the skinny spacer on the outside (nut side) of the pad shaft. They give you a little extra adjustment in/out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave88LX View Post

    There is a fat and a skinny spacer. I believe I have the fat spacer on the side of the pad and the skinny spacer on the outside (nut side) of the pad shaft. They give you a little extra adjustment in/out.

    Thanks. Thats how they came out of the box. Ill go mess with it some more.

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    Thanks again Dave. I did swap the spacers and put the smaller one between the pad (inside) and the lever and the bigger one between the bolt and the pad (outside).

    Overall its not pretty but its working really well.

    J

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    Cool, glad you got it set up! As long as you have a concave/convex spacer on both sides.

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    Thinking about replacing the brake on my 3-year-old's second hand Hot Rock 12 - it's complete rubbish and she can't use it at all.

    I'm in Ireland, can't seem to source the Tektro mini brake lever - does anyone have another recommendation that I could get in Europe?

    Considering Avid FR5, Tektro TS325A Junior, or a Raleigh Junior.

    I have no idea what I'm doing - I'm a "transport cyclist" at best and I've never worked on a bike before. Can anyone help a mama out?

    Thanks!

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    What is the inside diameter of there brake mounts?

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    Reviving an old thread just to say thanks to everyone that posted on this topic. Installed a v-brake my grandson's Hotwalk last night, just to get him used to hand brakes.

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