mysteries of the front brake switch

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Hi guys,
Can any one tell me how the front brake switch works? Does it need any setting - does it magically sense cable movement? If so, it seems mine has lost it's magic! It is brand new.
I plug the leads in and it does nothing - I checked the circuite work, not the switch.
I have that feeling I am missing something!
mysteries of the front brake switch

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Phil
 
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Hi Phil,

I don't know how it's constructed but I'd guess it's pretty simple crude technology. Probably just a couple of contacts and a stiff spring. I had an older one that worked ok when it was on my bike. I'm pretty sure I still have it laying around somewhere. I could send it to you for the cost of shipping if you like. PM me if interested.

Debby
 
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Hi Debby,

There is no contact between the cable and the switch. It is basically a tapered donut with 2 spades on it?! Are you thinking of the rear brake switch? I am truly mystified... :oops: maybe I should take it apart and see what's inside....
 
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wow - Debby, you nailed it on the head when you said crude technology. There's not even a spring inside. Basically the two spades contact the brass disk when the rubber is compressed from squeezing the brake...
So the brake switch isn't going to work until I install the brake and get some pressure on the cable sleeve....

mysteries of the front brake switch

I guess I was expecting something more convoluted like vernier isolastics or positive earth!
 
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Interesting. I've never had one apart. Looks like you'll be good to go with nothing more than cleaning the contacts. Mine worked with a reasonable amount of pressure. It wasn't like I had to lock up the wheel or anything. And that was good because "lock up" was not in that brake's vocabulary! :lol:

Debby
 
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