While there are very few bikes more than 50 years old that were originally fitted with disc brakes, there is a rapidly increasing number of bikes becoming classics that are equipped so.
And many of them won’t have been treated with kid gloves, nor maintained with the best of intentions.
One thing that you can virtually guarantee with any bike that has either been in storage for some time, or that has spent time outside in a Great British winter, is that it will have issues with its hydraulic brakes, invariably revolving around the caliper pistons and the seals.
Now, seals aren’t particularly an issue, and neither are pistons, but it is very handy to know that full rebuild kits are available that contain absolutely everything you’ll need for a full caliper overhaul.
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