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How can I adjust for uneven brake wear?

Well, my problems with brakes have turned out to be not an issue with pad longevity at all -- see the following picture: Note how the one pad is excessively "toe-in" worn. Here's a picture of the ...
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V-brake seems asymmetrical

I'm not a big expert, so forgive me if I use some terms wrong (especially because I'm not a native English speaker). I have a MTB with V-brakes. I wanted to tune the rear brake because it looked ...
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How high should brake levers be on drop bars?

How high on the curve of the drop bars should brake levers be placed? Also, how does the angle of the drop bars affect the brake position? If these settings are dependant on body shape and ...
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When the the caliper brakes are applied, the pads barely move at all

I've done some light maintenance on cheap side caliper systems and I've run into this problem on a few older bikes. When the the brakes are applied, the pads barely move at all. I've adjusted the ...
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Beside drive train, what is the difference between group components (e.g. 105 vs. Ultegra)?

In his previous post, jmusits asked the difference between the Shimano 105 and Ultegra drive train. Obviously, the derailleur is certainly one of the major components of a group. However levers, ...
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Jammed rear brakes

My rear brake is jamming to the point that only half seems to be moving. With worn blocks I got away with it, but now I have changed the pads I finally need to sort the problem. Could the brakes be ...
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Brake response is spongey post-brake lever upgrade

I have just performed an upgrade of brake levers on my Plug Racer, from the original cross-style levers (top mounted, possibly Promax 239A models) to Cane Creek 200TT bar end levers, connecting them ...
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How to adjust Avid Elixir 1 hydraulic disc brakes?

I have a Trek X-Caliber and the rear disc is rubbing a little. So I want to adjust the brakes so it doesn't rub and make things a bit easier of course. I see many videos about brake adjustment but ...
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Replacing cantilever brakes

Just bought a winter beater to ride through the winter. I knew it needed some love but the frame (Giant Yukon) fit well and it was a reasonable price. I just threw the bike up in my repair stand ...
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Best brake pads for long distance travelling?

Me and a friend of mine are going on a long bike trip (which will take us a month) and we're finetuning our bikes for this. We will be bringing about 14kg of luggage each, only riding on paved roads ...
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Why does coaster brake hub growl when coasting but not when braking or pedaling?

I have an old two-seater recumbent trike with coaster brakes. One of the rear hubs rumbles terribly when the bike is coasting. When the brake is on, or when pedaling, it doesn't make a noise. I assume ...
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How to remove cantilever brake arm?

I am renovating a bike, I guess it's 10 years old. It has internal gears with pedal brake. And then it has a hand brake in the front, I think it is called "cantilever direct pull". One arm was moving ...
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Can anyone suggest a way to mount my rack to prevent it impeding the rear brake?

I have a topeak rear rack the mounting of which is interfering with the operation of the rear brake. Unfortunately, my frame (a 2009 Scott Sportster P4) only has mounting lugs on the outside of the ...
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How to build a fixie bike? [closed]

I’m thinking about building a fixie and was wondering what are the best types of frame, wheels etc to use and how long the whole building process may take?
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Is there any kind of adapter to mount v-brakes or cantilevers to a frame that's not designed to accommodate them?

I have an aluminum single-speed frame that was marketed as a fixie. I'm wanting to convert it to a single-speed commuter. (I'm getting older and the fixie doesn't agree with my knees anymore.) It has ...
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When to tune/replace brake cables for optimum tension

Original Question What physical symptoms do I need to look for to understand that my brake is out of tuning or the cables have reached end of life? It is not necessary to consider the brake shoes in ...
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How to convert a multi-speed bike to single-speed with coaster brake?

Now I don't want to take all the credit for this bike, but I'm pretty sure Trek must've lovingly had me in mind when they made this. I mean come on. This bike is awesome. Buying their beach cruiser ...
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Cantilever Brakes - Cyclocross

I've recently purchased a Cyclocross bike that's been great so far. I use it to commute and race. However, I don't find the cantilever brakes that came with it satisfactory. I'd like to switch them ...
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Are the Shimano BR650 brakes really Ultegra spec?

Many ebay and other online vendors advertise the long-reach Shimano BR-650 brakes as being "Ultegra" series. However, looking at them they don't seem like they are top-of the line or really all that ...
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installing brand new cartridge brakes, something seems fishy

So I am installing a brand new cartridge brake pad assembly on my mountain bike. I noticed that the brakes have a left and right written on them so i install them properly. What seems fishy to me is ...
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Release brakes Giant OCR4 2006

I like to put 28c size tires on my Giant OCR4 2006 (which I second-hand bought recently), but these old Tektro brakes don't have this useful release switch modern brakes have. I tried loosening the ...
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How to increase the brake force of my drum brakes

I have a Gazelle city bike that has a badly braking front brake. It's a drum brake as depicted here and here. When I squeeze the brake levers fully it doesn't touch the handlebar, so that's not the ...
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How to compensate broken thread in brake barrel adjuster?

On my disc brakes I realized the barrel cable adjuster has its thread broken and most of it is stuck inside the calliper. The picture is not my brake but they are quite similar: the black barrel ...
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Is my brake line bad?

I recently purchased an old bike and got the brakes replaced. My front brakes are working as expected and my rear brakes are not. I am squeezing my brake lever which has a lot of resistance, but isn't ...
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Cantilever cable adjustment device

I'm about to build up a frame (Motobecane Fantom CX) with cantilevers and drop bars. I plan to use my old Campy 9-speed levers. Obviously, those levers don't have any way of adjusting the cable length ...
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How to fix V-brakes

Somehow the little black rubber thing that goes with the brake got folded over the silver round clip... I tried various tools (After my fingers etc hadn't proved useful) in trying to drag it back but ...
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Upgrading SLX brakes, do I also need SLX rotors?

Gearing up for my first big upgrade and recently bought a pair of Shimano SLX brakes for both my (2009 Gary Fisher Piranha) and my wife's (2011 Trek 6000 WSD) bikes. I'm just wondering if it's worth ...
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Mechanical-hydraulic hybrid brakes

I've heard about Mechanical-hydraulic hybrid brakes but didn't find any examples. Are they exist? If yes, are they comparable with hydraulic?
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Which rotor, Steel or Titanium comes with Avid CODE brakes?

I just bought Avid CODE brakes. It comes with a rotor (200mm). I checked the website and manual and I can't find out if the rotor is stainless steel or the titanium version. How can I tell? ...
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Safety of old brakes

I found an old bike and I am not experienced with bikes. I am wondering if these brakes need to be changed: I am not sure if this is in all bikes, but the mechanism of the brakes looks too old to ...
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How do I tell the size of my braking discs?

Looking to replace my hydraulic disc brakes but intend to use the old discs. How do I tell the size of the discs to ensure I purchase the right brakes?
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Rubbing disc brake caliper

Finally I bought my new hydraulic disc brakes (Shimano M-446) and installed it on my bike . It was a little difficult to adjust the calipers , because the space between the pads is smaller than on my ...
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Brake pad rubbing the rim

I have a v-brake mounted on my bike. I can feel some stopping from the pads. If i spin the wheel, it stops because of one of the pads rubbing. I can't find a setting where one of the pads doesn't ...
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What torque for caliper brakes onto carbon-alloy forks?

I've recently got a new bike with a Kinesis DC07 carbon/alloy fork. This comes with deep-drop calliper brakes (Shimano R451 Dual Pivot). The first time out I bumped one of the brakes and it twisted ...
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Do I need better “springs” on my disc brakes?

After 20 years commuting on old/cheap bikes, I finally evolved up to a nice solid touring rig with cable disc brakes (Avid BB5). I love the bike and the brakes. They're much easier to maintain, ...
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Cane Creek Drop V cable compatibility

Are Cane Creek Drop V levers compatible with road brake cables or MTB brake cables? Specifically, road cables and MTB cables have different nipples that sit in the brake lever, and I need to know ...
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Are faceplates for different shimano brifters compatible?

I got a used brifter and the faceplate fell off. I am pretty sure it was a 105. It works well enough but it looks shitty. Does anyone know if I can just order whichever shimano brifter faceplate, and ...
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What's the best way to quickly align front quick release wheel?

The front wheel on my bike is quick-release, and I often remove it when locking up my bike. Then when I go to put it back on, sometimes it is a bit difficult to make sure that the wheel is centered ...
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What will I need to consider when modernizing a pre-1990s steel frame? [closed]

I'm in the process of upgrading a well loved 1970s steel frame from a downtube shifter system to a modern 'brifter' system. Through this process I've had to look at many disparate sources to get ...
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Are cross brake levers with compact drop bar redundant?

I currently have traditional drop bars and cross (interrupter) brake levers. I like the interrupters and use them a lot. But I'm going to get a compact drop bar (FSA Omega Compact bar on order), and ...
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Caliper drop for bike conversion

I'm trying to work out if my current brakes are long enough to work with 700C wheels (ie 622mm rim), rather than 630 (27"). The question I have is, will the wheel sit at the same point in the ...
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Koolstop set compatible for folding bike?

Is this Koolstop Road Pad Holder and Brake Pad Set compatible for folding bike ? My bike is using Dahon Speed P8.
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loose brake calipers

I have some dia compa ac 500 brakes on an old road bike. While the calipers are installed on the bike, with everything tightened, I can move (rotate) the calipers side to side with my hand. I've ...
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When do my brake pads need replacement?

I have a bike that is almost two years old. It still has the original brakes (side pull caliper brakes), which seem to still be functional. However, they are worn and I am going to be doing a lot of ...
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How much better are ceramic rims at wicking away water

I assume the best advantage to ceramic rims would be the ability to shed water easier due to their relative flatness. How much better are they? Does it make that much of a difference when breaking?
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Thinking of upgrading my brakes to these, is there an issue with “mushy” braking?

I want to get these in combination with new levers for my bike, but under the description it says: "Use of these calipers with standard SLR enabled STI and brake levers results in a "mushy" brake ...
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Upgrading my cockpit- brakes, stem and bars for longer reach

I want to upgrade my cockpit so that I have a longer reach. I currently use it as my city bike. Its an old vintage HR bates frame. Currently the stem is a little short. I want to change the bars - ...
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Rattling of a Shimano Nexave roller brake

In a suspended fork I use a Shimano Nexave BR-IM75-F roller brake and the cooling disc of the brake is not tighly fixed on the hub and it was like that since I got the roller-brake installed. I'm not ...
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My hydraulic MTB brakes squeal after I cleaned my bike

My hydraulic MTB brakes stated to squeal after I washed my bike why?
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Replacing 'cone nuts' on a damaged coaster brake

I'm attempting to refurbish a bike that I was given, it has a (not sure what brand) coaster brake, which according to sheldon brown's site has a peculiar kind of cone nut. The wheel might be 10 years ...