Did a service on this today (see it's not just RIBs!)
As well as the service, the customer mentioned that his brakes were binding. Well the brake cables were shot, so I replaced them with some nice new stainless ones.
However, another issue he has was that the eyebolt, that holds the brake cable up off the road, was crushed and pinching the cable, meaning it was actually putting the brakes on, due to the tension on the cable. They were continuously dragging.
If any of you have visited or launched from the public slip in Hythe Marina, you'll know just how severe the 'speed humps' are. If you've not been, think crampons and climbing axes...
Well the inevitible happened as I tried to straighten it... metal fatigue and trying to straighten it meant it snapped, so I had to cut it off the cable
So, rather than replace it with another, as exactly the same would happen the first time he went to take it out, I fitted a couple od D-shackles in it's place.
This means that they will hold the cable up out of the way, move if they come in to contact with the ground and then return back to their original position.
Anyway, keep it in mind if you have to do yours in the future!
All the best