Many of you recognize the fact that my Fuji Touring bike was built for 27" wheels. Of course, I wish to convert it to 700c. I've done this with dozens, maybe hundreds, of old road bikes throughout the years. Some have been a straight swap of the wheels, adjustment of the brake pads and ride away-type conversions.
Others have involved various levels of modification to the brakes, or frames. Most have not involved cantilever brakes.
The last touring bikes I got ahold of and converted to 700c were a couple of Panasonics. Luckily, the cantilevers were mounted in a spot on the frame and fork which allowed the smaller wheels to be run with a minimum of adjustment.
You probably have figured out, by this point, that this is not the case with the Fuji.
Here is a close-up shot of the new brakes and new wheels on the bike:
With that in mind, I clamped the brake arm into the drill-press, and punched a lower hole to mount the pad. (So much for any warranty...)
Since I can't move the pivot outward, I decided to try a narrower rim. These rims are 25.4mm wide; a full inch. I really wanted to use them, since the burly cross-section makes me feel more comfortable on mixed-terrain rides.
As much as I love the look of these brakes, I may have to try something else. Even with the narrower rims, they are barely useable, and the fit certainly doesn't leave much room for knocking a rim out of true, or out of round, on a rough ride.