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Old 07-16-06, 08:56 AM   #1
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Problem with rear break

On my rear break one side is fine, but the other is to close to the wheel and rubs while riding. I have tried to adjust the cable it is clamped to, but then it hardly breaks when it is out a little farther. Help please!!!!
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Old 07-16-06, 09:08 AM   #2
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what kind of brake is it? Usually there's some type of centering mechanism (i.e., some screw that you turn somewhere) but it's different for the different types of brakes.

Also, are you use the brake is not centered? The wheel may not be "dished" properly.
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Old 07-16-06, 09:12 AM   #3
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You where correct all I had to do was twist a screw and it worked like a charm. Thanks dhan.

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I've had this problem as well. Its hard for me to get tension. Is it a matter of getting the screws tightened on one side and less on the other? I have a mountian bike with V breaks.
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I've had this problem as well. Its hard for me to get tension. Is it a matter of getting the screws tightened on one side and less on the other? I have a mountian bike with V breaks.
Try this and see if it helps LINEAR PULL BRAKE SERVICE (V-BRAKE TYPE)
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I tried several ways to tighten the breaks but nothing has worked. There is still about an inch slack in the brake cable in the top tube where the break cable runs. Does that mean its time to change the brake cable?
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Please tell me English is not your first language.

break = damage
brake = stopping device
where = location
were = past tense
further, not farther
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So if I decide to change the break cable I have a few questions. Do I buy the brake cable and housing seperate? What oil do I use to lubricate the cable? I also need to get a new chain for the first time, are there certain brands to stick with or is a chain a chain? I bet everyone in the forums can tell I'm way noobish about the question I ask.
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the break cable.
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I tried several ways to tighten the breaks but nothing has worked. There is still about an inch slack in the brake cable in the top tube where the break cable runs. Does that mean its time to change the brake cable?
What brand is your brake? If it's one of the cheaper brands I'd recommend replacing it with a lower end Shimano brake.
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So if I decide to change the break cable I have a few questions. Do I buy the brake cable and housing seperate? What oil do I use to lubricate the cable? I also need to get a new chain for the first time, are there certain brands to stick with or is a chain a chain? I bet everyone in the forums can tell I'm way noobish about the question I ask.
Take your bike to a bike shop and have them fix it this time. They can fix this pretty quickly and hopefully you can watch so you can do it yourself next time. I'd also recommend getting a few bike tools and a bike repair book.

It seems that you are not pulling all the slack from the cable before you tighten the anchor bolt. Check the Park tool website http://www.parktool.com/repair/
or Sheldon Brown's site Sheldon on Chainsfor more information on repairs.
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I do have a book and tools. I've watched movies on how to change it. I tried pulling as hard as I could and the slack from the cable would not give ne more.
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