Vin­tage Velo

Centre-Pull Brake

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - CONTENTS -

“If you were rid­ing a ccm Flyer back in the day, this was the only brake that would fit,” Mike Barry Sr. said, hold­ing up the com­po­nent in the Mari­posa Bi­cy­cles shop. The ccm Flyer, made in west Toronto, was the track bike of the ’20s, ’30s and even ’40s. Canada’s star of the track, Wil­liam “Torchy” Pe­den, rode the Flyer. The bike also saw ac­tion on the road. Its front fork couldn’t ac­com­mo­date a brake. This centre-pull brake, by English com­pany Phillips, with its plate at the back could be af­fixed to the Flyer’s seat­stays. “The brakes were used un­til about the early ’50s,” Barry added. The brake fea­tures a cen­tral pivot that joins two arms that make a horse­shoe. At the top of the horse­shoe, a spring main­tains ten­sion. When a rider pulls the brake lever, the ca­ble forces the horse­shoe ends apart, which, in turn, pushes the brake pads to­gether. The hard rub­ber pads then slow the wheel on a ccm Flyer.— Matthew­pi­oro

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