Bicycle Mechanics - V brake lever doesnt feel "tight"
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05-04-10, 08:35 PM
a bike i bought lately (new) has a too soft feeling front brake lever, the rear feels fine but i despise the soft, no tension feeling the front lever's got.
i tried adjusting the barrels and pads distance, still no go, (wont change the cable unless completely necessary ). Would relocating the to the upper spring holes in the brake stud braze on add tension to my lever or just **** everything up ? I always use the middle hole thats why i dunno, never tried!
(if its not all that clear, please tell me, as it made sense in french lol
05-04-10, 08:40 PM
Your bike probably has a black cylinder inline with the cable down near the brake. This is a device with a spring inside that soaks up cable tension to keep stupid people from giving themselves free flying lessons. Also know as a "power modulator". If it bugs you, remove it. Not a big deal.
05-04-10, 08:42 PM
I personally prefer the highest spring hole for that reason. It makes the cable response more snappy on the return. The pad position can affect lever stiffness, if that is the matter in question, by the level of toe-in. If they are toed in too far it will be fighting the flex of the pad before the grip is complete.
Don't be afraid of adjusting the cable while doing this. You need to balance all the adjustments as a complete picture to get the full effect. It is simple and you will know when you have it right. It may take a while, but experimenting is half the fun. :)
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