Bicycle Mechanics - How do I release a side pull brakes?
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09-25-04, 05:35 PM
I was changing the tubes on a 1980 Raleigh 5 speed with side pull brakes. These are the original brakes. When I went to reinstall the wheels, I could not figure out how to release the brakes, so I let the air out of the tire so I could get it past the brake pads. There is a spring wire that runs from one side of the brake to the other, and I tired releasing that wire, but it didnít seem to do anything. Can anyone help me? I got the wheels on the bike, but Iíd like to know how it is supposed to be done. Thanks in advance!
09-25-04, 07:16 PM
All my side pull brakes have little cam by the end of the cable and when I turn it about 1/4 of turn, it opens up about quarter of an inch. I think yours have too, look for it. Having said that, even it opens up a little it's still not wide enough for any size tire but smallest I have(700x20c) but even then, barely. There maybe a better way to do it but I have convinced myself it's just a part of the process to release the tire pressure before I take the wheel off. Let's wait and see if somebody going to post a better idea.
Lacking a quick-release mechanism on the brake caliper's anchor bolt or on the brake control lever, deflating the tyre is your best option, as it certainly beats temporarily removing a brake pad.
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