I lost small plastic "collar" part on the front v brake which goes around the spring and onto the post. Does anybody know where I can get another one?

collar part

  • Try your friendly local bike shop. They may be able to dip into their junk box and find you something. Aug 23, 2017 at 20:50

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You're probably not going to find this part without cannibalizing a similar enough brake arm.

The parts you can find replacements for without having a sacrificial arm for V-brakes (*) are:

  • Noodle
  • Boot
  • Mounting Bolt
  • Brake pads/cartridges

If you need to replace/repair any other part of the V-brake, you're better off (and likely going to be) buying a new one.

(*) for most V-brakes; check the service manual for your particular model, though even if it is serviceable, you're unlikely to find the parts.

That being said, you might be able to make a suitable replacement on your own for the part in question with a bit of PVC tubing or some other plastic tubing cut to size and shaped appropriately.

  • Or find someone with a 3D printer and print it yourself in nylon or abs
    – RoboKaren
    Aug 23, 2017 at 18:29
  • That bit seems to be a mere cover for the spring and serves no real purpose apart from hiding the spring. You may do without.
    – Carel
    Aug 23, 2017 at 20:05
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    Except the tension screw goes through it and often when the cover breaks, the tension screw doesn't work properly any more. Aug 23, 2017 at 23:33
  • It depends on the V-brake, but for a good deal of Shimano V-brakes, this is not a cosmetic part (for the reason Noah states). You can use the brakes safely without them, but you do have more fidgety adjustment (not the end of the world).
    – Batman
    Aug 23, 2017 at 23:49
  • @Noah Sutherland: The picture isn't very clear in that regard. The tension screw seems to be part of the brake arm.
    – Carel
    Aug 24, 2017 at 9:13

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