I bought a Pashley bike over 20 years ago, very good bike, built like a steam locomotive. However, recently, it has developed a noise that I think is from the front brake: a Sturmey-Archer drum brake.
It seems to come on when I ride along, but not predictably, mostly when I turn slightly, and not always; it sounds sort of like something scraping lightly on a metal surface. If I squeeze the brake lever a little, it usually stops. There is no feeling of dragging or losing speed, and it brakes well enough when I need it.
Before I open it up to see what is going on, if anything:
- Will there be a sudden shower of tiny springs spraying out all over the place?
- If you should make a guess, what is the likeliest cause of that noise?