Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Eugene OR
Bikes: VooDoo Limba, 2000 GF Kai Tai, old lugged fixies
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If you have cantilever, side pull or center pull brakes try the toe in.
If you have linear pull brakes, make sure the pad is flat against the rim.
DON'T USE DEGREASER ON YOU'RE RIMS! Most degreasers leave a filmy residue on the rim or rotor and sometimes cause brake squeal, but always cause the braking to be less powerful.
Try using rubbing alcohol on the pads and rim/rotor, then make sure and dry the components thoroughly. This will clean the degreaser and in a lot of cases diminish the squealing, however there are times (especially with cantilever brakes) when the squealing is an indicator that you're brakes are working great!