Bicycle Mechanics - Washed Bike, Brakes Squealing BADLY HELP!
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07-11-03, 08:05 AM
I use Pedros Bike wash from time to time about every 6 weeks or so if my road bike gets pretty bad (riding after it rains), it works fine, i hose it and then blow the water off with the reverse feature of a little shop vac (compressed air is to much i've been told?) and everything is perfect but my brakes squeal so loudly its embarrissing as hell. I have heard to use alcohol on the rims and pads, and to use a light sandpaper on the pads. Does anyone have a good method.
Yes on the sandpaper and brake pads. However a Scotch Brite pad withsoap and water is faster than alchhol. Also NEVER hose off your bike. Use a sponge to get it wet but NEVER hose it off.
07-11-03, 08:25 AM
I use Hunter's method of Scotch Brite pads! Get them wet though! The water and soap will help remove the dirt and grime.
I've never heard/thought about the shop vac, but why not vaccuum instead of blowing the water off? Hmmmm, something to consider.
07-18-03, 10:11 PM
I use a motorcycle spray cleaner and rag to clean the bike, when I clean it. Long ago I stopped being anal about cleaning my motorcycle, MTB and now my road bike.
Anyway, the spray stuff from Honda works great.
I'll remove my tires, spray a rag with brake cleaner and rub the rim until it stops leaving a black film on the rag.
Then I'll lightly buff the pads with some...220 grit?? I forget.
If you do your own wrenchin, pick up a Park brake tool so you can keep your pads toed in correctly.
dj - obvious thing I'd suggest is this - are the pads toed-in correctly? I'm a disc man myself but I recall pads had to be angled in slightly to prevent just that problem occurring. Maybe you knocked them lil 'ol black things out of line when washing the bike?
07-19-03, 05:24 PM
Make sure any residue from the cleaner is clear from the pads and the rims after washing. I've had good luck with the rubbing alcohol method, and it dries fast.
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