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I still have the old shoes, so I'll try putting them back in next weekend (still working long hours) and see what happens. To me the old shoes look identical to the new ones, but maybe I'm missing something. The part numbers check out, but perhaps the shoes were in the wrong box. 🤔

If the old shoes work out I'll just leave them in. The old shoes were still good, but as long as I had the rear wheel off I wanted to have the experience of changing them.

I still think the short travel distance of the brake rod seems wrong - I think my local dealer has a C50 in stock and if so I'll drop by and see if the brake rod moves as little as mine does. But again I didn't touch anything other than the parts pertaining to removing the rear wheel, so I don't know how I could have messed something up front.

Will keep in touch and let everyone know what's going on.
Have someone sit on the bike and press the brake peddle while you lay beside the bike and watch the brake lever on the rear wheel hub.

Note how far the brake lever on the hub moves and whether the hub moves with the lever.

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Well, I put the old brake shoes back in this morning and tweaked the brake arm a bit, and now I have working rear brakes. I still don't have a clue what was going on, the new shoes looked exactly like the old ones and I didn't mess with anything. I'm going to leave the old shoes in for now (they were still good anyways), tighten everything up and go for a ride.

But any tips on readjusting them would be appreciated. I've got about an inch of travel in the brake pedal before the brakes feel like they're working. They feel soft but I can lock the wheel if I stomp on the pedal.

And thanks again for all the help and support.

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DO NOT lock the wheel up!

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Sounds more like you got the wrong shoes.

I can head East or West, it doesn't matter as long as it's on 2 wheels.
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Well, I put the old brake shoes back in this morning and tweaked the brake arm a bit, and now I have working rear brakes. I still don't have a clue what was going on, the new shoes looked exactly like the old ones and I didn't mess with anything. I'm going to leave the old shoes in for now (they were still good anyways), tighten everything up and go for a ride.

But any tips on readjusting them would be appreciated. I've got about an inch of travel in the brake pedal before the brakes feel like they're working. They feel soft but I can lock the wheel if I stomp on the pedal.

And thanks again for all the help and support.
My concerns would be that if you didn't have that inch of travel before with the old shoes, and now you have that amount, something is still wrong....whether it be an assembly issue, or a spring missing or in the wrong place....etc...

Would hate to see you enjoying your ride and suddenly the back wheel locks up because it is not properly assembled.

Again, if you have that inch of travel now, and you didn't before, something is wrong. Bring it to your local shop and let them have a look at it.

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there is a significant mechanical leverage built into the linkage to operate the rear brake. If you have 1 " of travel at the pedal you will see much less movement at the rear brake arm. If you ride with a passenger be sure you don't have the brake adjusted too tight. As the suspension settles with more weight, it changes the way the linkage operates. I think the manual suggests 3/4" - 1" of brake pedal travel. You are not going to get a rock hard pedal as you might with a hydraulic operated brake. I had adjusted my brake and it was fine. I took my sweetie for a scoot and had the rear brake dragging. I didn't get it hot enough to turn the paint color on the drum. It was a real challenge trying to back off the adjuster with it being hot!

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