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my front wheel brake pad (only one side) is still attached to the rim after I released brake lever. How do I fix this problem?

I believe it is a cantilever brake.

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    Gidday and welcome to SE Bicycles. Its a good start but we need more info, like what kind of brakes are they - caliper, cantilevers or V-brakes? Feel free to use bicycles.stackexchange.com/posts/37327/edit to edit and expand your question. – Criggie Feb 24 '16 at 6:31
  • I believe it is a cantilever brake. – Dev Feb 25 '16 at 7:06
  • A cantilever adjustment should be like @mocniak 's answer. Its not a caliper brake which is completely different. Give it a try, and if it works for you then accept that answer as correct with the little tick/check box on the left side. – Criggie Feb 25 '16 at 8:40
  • It needs to be adjusted. And possibly the cables will need lubrication and/or replacement. – Daniel R Hicks Feb 25 '16 at 13:44
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If it's v-brake you should have screws regulating spring tension on each brake arm, try to screw in a little bit one on the side where pads stays attached to the rim.

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  • You can also take that portion apart and rebend the spring for more tension as well if it is old and has lost some of its springy-ness – Nate W Feb 24 '16 at 16:30
  • On my bike, I tightened the screw all the way on the sticky side and loosened the screw on the other side but the sticky side still doesn't move. What further steps can I do? – jf328 Apr 18 '16 at 9:04

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