I've been having problems with my bicycle brakes for not a short time and I've been having it with a couple different bikes. The brakes get loose after 1-2 weeks. I deliver with my bike so I use it 50-75 kms every day. I don't know how to adjust it so I have to pay a bike shop each time and it's a little bit pricey and overwhelming. Do you have any suggestion what I can do or why it happens? (Both hydraulic and non hydraulic brakes)

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    It sounds like you are having different problems on different bikes. It's difficult to offer a good answer without more detail. Please ask one question per brake type and include as much detail as possible.
    – David D
    Apr 15 at 22:39
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    Brakes should absolutely not "come loose" after 500-750 km of riding. Can you show us in photos how they are loose? Or are they wearing out? Do you do a lot of hard braking while riding?
    – Criggie
    Apr 16 at 0:59
  • e-bike or non-assisted bicycle? how heavy are you (broad number)? are you delivering in a hilly city or a city with many arched bridges?
    – EarlGrey
    Apr 16 at 7:47

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I don't know how to adjust it

There are a lot of resources in the internet how to adjust brakes (and how to fix anything on a bicycle), in real life you may be lucky in asking help at the local bike co-op (US thing, I suspect) or getting in touch with the local cyclist associations (in Europe you are likely to find the contacts at the European cyclist federation).

I totally understand you are a bit conservative in dealing with them (you do not want to have a bicycle with no brakes). However, take one afternoon of time to play around watching video and guides on the internet and your brakes. You probably need some tools (have a look for some good quality tools, because good tools lasts forever and you can use them for other things than your bicycle), but in general these are not bicycle-specific tools (hex keys, screwdrivers).

We humans are kind of primates and we can learn a lot by watching and repeating the movements.

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