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Originally Posted by quest1577386
Ok well since this is my wife that I am talking about first time mountain biker. Very new at this I relly don't want her to go flying off the front of the bike. She is new I understand she will get use to this and she will start to learn everything in time but right now I am telling her this so I don't have to pick her up off the rocks. Can you please tell me how to adjust the back brakes since they aren't the best right now?
How to adjust V-brakes - http://www.parktool.com/repair_help/...arbrakes.shtml
Be warned - there's probably little to nothing wrong with them. Back brakes just don't pull you up anywhere near as fast. Less weight = less traction = less braking ability.
Frankly, better for her to learn proper braking than to not be able to stop in time for an obstacle, panic, and either hit whatever it is and hurt herself, or grab the front brake too hard, fly over the bars, hurt herself and prove you right.
Your call, but teaching someone how to do things the wrong way can be far more dangerous than taking the extra time and practice to teach them the right way.