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Atom Drum Brake Advice

Posted By: Graham Bentley
Date: 26 May 2007

Hi All,

Just spent this afternoon doing maintenance on an 'Atom' drum brake.

I removed most of the rust from the internal breaking surface and ruffed up the shoes with some sandpaper. I also removed / greased / re-assembled the small actuator, replaced the shoes and re-fitted wheel to tandem.

I have the cable as tight as can be with some slight rubbing in off posi.

Now, when applying it certainly works better than before but not as well as I expected. Googling about I have read that a 'drag brake' is intended for long downhills when the rim brakes would fade. My question is : Am I expecting too much from this setup or should I replace cable inner and outer too ?

Any advice appreciated particularly if it relates to direct personal experience of drum brakes. Thank you.

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