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2013-05-07 5:18 PM

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Subject: Brake pads not wide enough for Flo wheel
Just mounted tires on my Flo 60's and when I went to put them on the bike the brake pads are rubbing on both sides.  I have the lever on the brakes out to make them as wide as possible.  Can I make them even wider or do I need to order some smaller brake pads?


2013-05-07 5:20 PM
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I'm assuming you've already adjusted the caliper cable tension?
2013-05-07 5:22 PM
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2013-05-07 5:24 PM
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tri808 - 2013-05-07 5:20 PMI'm assuming you've already adjusted the caliper cable tension?
Is that the little lever on the side of the brakes? If so then yes.
2013-05-07 5:40 PM
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I ended up having to take mine to my LBS to widen the brakes as I adjusted to the limits. Given their width it is difficult to switch back and forth with narrower wheels as the brakes may ground out before reaching the narrower rim surface.
2013-05-07 5:51 PM
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Subject: RE: Brake pads not wide enough for Flo wheel

Ran into the same thing.  I have an integrated rear brake behind the crank and it does not have an adjustment lever.  I ended up taking it back to my LBS to get the brakes adjusted.  I was thinking that I could try to find a wider training wheel and just use that.  Talked to the mechanic and also emailed Flo about it.  Got the same answer from both - a cheap, wide wheel does not exist.  The suggestions I got were:

1. Keep the Flo's on all the time
2. Learn how to adjust the brakes myself
3. Buy a Flo 30 when they come out

The 30 seems a little expensive for a training wheel, so at this point I'm leaning towards just keep the Flo's on.  I wouldn't have a problem with trying to figure out how to adjust a normal brake,  but the integrated brake sounds like it will be a pain.

By the way, Jon at Flo responded to my email in about 10 minutes.  Cannot beat their customer service.



2013-05-07 5:57 PM
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cgregg - 2013-05-07 5:22 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZrYyCahS34

 

 

Thanks the video helped I got them working.  Thanks

Another question.  Why does my back wheel make a loud clicking sound when I'm not pedaling?  It doesn't do it with my stock wheel.

2013-05-07 6:03 PM
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EKH - 2013-05-07 3:57 PM
cgregg - 2013-05-07 5:22 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZrYyCahS34

 

 

Thanks the video helped I got them working.  Thanks

Another question.  Why does my back wheel make a loud clicking sound when I'm not pedaling?  It doesn't do it with my stock wheel.

Some hubs have a much louder ratcheting sound.  Must just be the ones they choose.  My shimano hubs are really quiet whereas my aerospoke hubs sound like a socket wrench on steroids.

Glad you go the breaks sorted.  They should be wide enough for almost all rims, as long as you let enough cable through.

2013-05-07 6:07 PM
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Kido - 2013-05-07 6:03 PM
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cgregg - 2013-05-07 5:22 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZrYyCahS34

 

 

Thanks the video helped I got them working.  Thanks

Another question.  Why does my back wheel make a loud clicking sound when I'm not pedaling?  It doesn't do it with my stock wheel.

Some hubs have a much louder ratcheting sound.  Must just be the ones they choose.  My shimano hubs are really quiet whereas my aerospoke hubs sound like a socket wrench on steroids.

Glad you go the breaks sorted.  They should be wide enough for almost all rims, as long as you let enough cable through.

Thats what it sounds like.  I guess it will remind to keep pedaling!

2013-05-07 6:10 PM
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EKH - 2013-05-07 4:07 PM
Kido - 2013-05-07 6:03 PM
EKH - 2013-05-07 3:57 PM
cgregg - 2013-05-07 5:22 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZrYyCahS34

 

 

Thanks the video helped I got them working.  Thanks

Another question.  Why does my back wheel make a loud clicking sound when I'm not pedaling?  It doesn't do it with my stock wheel.

Some hubs have a much louder ratcheting sound.  Must just be the ones they choose.  My shimano hubs are really quiet whereas my aerospoke hubs sound like a socket wrench on steroids.

Glad you go the breaks sorted.  They should be wide enough for almost all rims, as long as you let enough cable through.

Thats what it sounds like.  I guess it will remind to keep pedaling!

I guess it goes to taste.  I can't stand it loud.  I would like it silent if I could have it that way.  However, my buddy I ride with prefers it louder.  He even thought it was a sign of good wheels as I thought it was a sign for annoyance!

2013-05-07 6:12 PM
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Loud ratcheting hubs are great for paceline riding.  Tells the guy up front that he needs to pedal harder or get in the back...LOL.


2013-05-07 6:16 PM
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tri808 - 2013-05-07 4:12 PM Loud ratcheting hubs are great for paceline riding.  Tells the guy up front that he needs to pedal harder or get in the back...LOL.

I better not hear it from someone in front of me.  And I try my hardest to keep from hearing it behind me!

2013-05-07 6:25 PM
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Timely post, good information.  My FLO 60s arrived yesterday and I'll be going through all of this tomorrow.
2013-05-07 6:59 PM
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tri808 - 2013-05-07 7:12 PM Loud ratcheting hubs are great for paceline riding.  Tells the guy up front that he needs to pedal harder or get in the back...LOL.

+1

2013-05-08 12:41 PM
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I adjusted the cable such that I can now simply adjust the barrel adjuster more open for my FLO's or more closed for my Shimano R500 training wheels.  Works great.
2013-05-08 1:21 PM
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Subject: RE: Brake pads not wide enough for Flo wheel

 

For me, none of the adjustments were enough to get the front brakes loose enough to stop rubbing. Even with no cable tension (completely unscrewed), the brake arms were still too close together.

I moved the spacer/washer from between the arm and pad holder to between the screw head and arm. That gave me another 2mm or so per side, and I was able to fine tune it from there (per the video).

Some pictures can be found here: http://forum.slowtwitch.com/forum/Slowtwitch_Forums_C1/Triathlon_Forum_F1/Wide_Brake_Track_on_Flo_Wheels_P4559478/



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