• Just found my mum a nice 80s Raleigh Wisp to replace the one she used to ride in her 20s and 30s (she's thrilled). It's in reasonable condition but a few parts need attention. Wondering to begin with if anybody has experience getting the best out of old Weinmann Type 730 calipers; will a good set of pads (if so, which?) do, or given she isn't fussed about era-appropriate parts would upgrading the calipers to something newer (Dia Compe DC806 maybe) would be worthwhile? Should mention the rims look in pretty dogshit condition and will probably need to be replaced with new wheels eventually, but first things first. Cheers

  • I've read that Kool Stop Thin Line Threaded make the weinman centre pulls much better.

  • I’ve been through this with my wife’s wisp. I gave them a ‘service’ (ie dismantled and reassembled) - think I added a washer or two to stop arms binding. Threw some cheap road pads in there - new cables too - worked fine. In the end I upgraded to tektro dual pivot. Cable has to route up the seat tube and do a 180ish bend so there is friction on the rear but it works okay.

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Weinmann Type 730 calipers –to save or replace?

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