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Something is wrong with my breaks--help please!

Ana2010-04-29 01:19:33 +0000 #1
I accidentally unscrewed my cable attachment to my front brake (I didn't realize the nifty thing on the other side that is like an easy release...) and now it takes a lot of pressing my left lever to suppress the break! I have NO idea what's wrong and I've already tried tightening the cable where the bolt attaches near the brake pad...

Any idea what's going on here?
kenshinvt2010-04-29 01:32:24 +0000 #2
You can fix it easily, don't worry. What probably happened is that when you reconnected the cable you set it too loosely. Do you see a little notch on the cable a little higher up where it used to be pinched by the bolt? That's where you want to get it back to.

Whether or not you see that little notch, this is what you are going to want to do -

1. unscrew and release the cable

2. pinch the brakes together with one hand against the rim

3. pull the cable through and tighten the bolt with your free hand (while holding the brakes against the rim with the other hand)

The next step is fine tuning it, but you need to do the above first.
Ana2010-04-29 02:00:48 +0000 #3
I did that already.....and went back to tighten it again to pull more cable through the bolt....maybe I'll do it more? Maybe I stretched the cable.... I have no idea

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