I tried adjusting the tension. What adjustments should I try next?
I used to bike a lot as a teen but had friends and repair shops do all the major repairs. I only ever fixed flat tires. Now I'm older and getting into cycling again and I am trying to learn the finer details of bike repair.
I used to be able to slam the back brake and skid or stop the tire completely on my bike. After a crash, I got the brakes and derailleur adjusted and fixed. But now I notice its getting hard to stop using the back brake. I mostly focus on front braking as you should, but the rear won't really do anything anymore.
What I've tried: I cleaned and lubed the bike well. I also adjusted the tension into several positions. I still find the same issue with my rear brake not stopping me.
What should I try next? Can I adjust the brake pads? Do I need new ones? How do I know if the brake pads are bad or not?
Thanks first question and post! I look forward to learning at a high level.
Oh, I have a Cannondale 2020 Trail 8.