|Disc Brake upgrade by Paul Gardner|
|Living in Shanghai, I became fed up with the
near-death experiences where Shanghai taxis would cut in
front of me and stop suddenly in the middle of the road
to pick up passengers. Also my wife kept complaining
about the state of my underwear.
A year ago I upgraded to M5 wheels all round with wider shoes and this definitely improved the situation but not as much as I wanted. So Ive just invested in a front disc brake kit from Luke in Beijing and I now have a perfect front brake.
The kit comes with the following parts: replacement right hand lower fork leg (new one has bracket attached), disc (this fits into the hub using the splined joint so all wheels are still interchangeable), brake lever with master cylinder, hydraulic hose, front brake caliper, throttle grip and 2-1 throttle cable right and left hand handle bar switches and new clutch lever. Due to my business commitments I could not do the fitting myself so the kit was installed at Lukes shop in Shanghai by his mechanic. I was totally satisfied with the work carried out.
|I know there has been a lot of discussion
about the forks not being strong enough for a disc brake
but the stopping force required by the front brake is a
component of the bike's weight and velocity, irrespective
of the type of brake. Gentle braking and using the
gearbox is fine in theory but of little practical use
driving on Shanghai roads
I now feel more in control, feel safer and my wife saves on washing powder. I would thoroughly recommend this upgrade from Luke's Sidecar.