brake adjustment woes
New to this forum and love it.
Bought a Giant Boulder with direct pull brakes and I can't stop the front one from rubbing. I am a bike tech newbie but I did tinker with the nut at the handle(it's maxed in, clockwise), tried reversing the wheel, fooled with the little screw by the brake and the hex nut attaching the brake lever(on the side that rubs). Nothing.
I know that I could just bring it back to the dealer but since it would mean driving through midtown Manhattan traffic(which I routinely avoid). I'd rather fix it myself if I can.
When I look squarely at the brakes from the front it looks like the whole set is not square and that its skewed to the right(from the seated position. And it's the left break, the one bending into the rim, that rubs. And as can be guessed both breaks are not perfectly parallel.
These brakes pull up from one side. The rubbing side is the "passive" side and I notice it barely moves when brakes pulled. The good rear brakes when pulled both move same distance and time. And they look square.
I know some people wouldn't fuss and would just go to the shop. I like riding too much to be at the mercy of two-dimensional existence. I like to know I can jump on my bike at any time and if there is a minor problem I can solve it. I do have other mechanical skill so I know I can do this. I just s..k at bike-repair.
Again, Kudos to all for sharing tips, info and enthusiasm and can't forget the quotes.
PS Any websites or articles attached also appreciated. Cheers