I saw someone after buying a new bicycle (a hybrid), pulled the brake as hard as he could for few seconds and dragged the cycle along while braking like that, 1 brake per centimeter.

Why did he do this? I didn't had a chance to ask him but did he do this to test something or fix something? Is it usual to do this to new cycles?

Here one more thing I should mention is that the brakes are mechanical disc brakes and before doing this to his cycle, his brake tuning was fine and after doing that, the tuning was not fine at all.

  • This was on grass right? He is likely just rubbing the tire against the grass, possibly to clean the tires.
    – Aron
    Commented May 31, 2015 at 6:25
  • No, there was nothing on tire or this was not in grass ... sorry.
    – ruddra
    Commented May 31, 2015 at 7:49
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    Perhaps he was testing if it would stay properly adjusted.
    – andy256
    Commented May 31, 2015 at 8:18
  • Do you mean he was riding the bike, or simply walking alongside it? Commented May 31, 2015 at 11:42
  • You need to pull the brake lever hard on mechanical setups a few times after adjusting things to see if they settle into something usable. Or maybe he was just bored.
    – Batman
    Commented May 31, 2015 at 12:59

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I can't add a comment yet so I provide this as an answer. The guy was bedding or burning-in the brakes. It makes sure the pads are seated and wiped of factory oil, grease, and other contaminants.

Disc brake break-in?

Sounds like he was doing it wrong. Unless the fact that the brakes weren't working after he did it indicates that the process uncovered a problem.


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