I got a new bike but the front brake doesn't work. I tried reading up about the brake system on line and learned quite a bit (they're cantilever brakes). But I am missing something elementary and simple.
(1) Should the brake cable housing (the outer housing that the thin brake cable runs through) be affixed to the brake lever?
(2) If so, how do I attach it? My bike has two brakes -- Shimano STI levers and Tektro safety levers on the front. The cable runs through both, but there is no tension in either, and the housing doesn't attach to the Tektro lever -- it kind of just slips out of where the adjuster is located.
I know this must be a really simple problem, which is why I'm frustrated not to find instructions for what I should try to resolve it.
Thanks for any advice or pointers!