Hi, I'm on tour in India. Western bike shops are nearly non-existent or unrealiable (if anyone knows of one in Mumbai please let me know. I am using avid single digit brakes and the problem I am having is that when I ride the brake arms wobble side to side and cause the pad to rub on the front rim. It only happens on the front. Also, I know that it is the arms that wobble because it is not only audible, but it is very much visible, so I don't think it's a problem with the wheel. I have tried giving more slack to the cable, but it seems that they still wobble far enough to hit the rim. Here are my possible ideas as to the problem:
- My panniers in the front are misbalanced by weight ( I have tried a few times to pack them as evenly as possible)
- My rack (old man mountain front lowrider AC which connects to the brake bosses) is malfunctioning, but I doubt it because I have retightened all the screws
- the rocking of the front shock is causing the arms to wobble
- I simply haven't gotten used to riding steady with front panniers (I've done a bit of touring before so I hope this isnt the problem)
- My most likely guess is that the springs pushing the brake arms out have lost their tension and are too weak to control the brake arm from coming against the rim while riding. If this is the case how do I fix this? Do i really need all new brake arms??
If anyone knows what to do please help.
That was the more pressing issues and part 2 of my worries deals with spokes. From what I understand, if my spokes are nice and tight it will be unlikely that I will brake one. On my rear wheel the spokes on the drive side are very tight, but the non-drive side has a bit of play. Can I get away with just tightening the non-drive side or is that going screw up the balance of the wheel? On my front wheel the spokes were a little loose and I believe that due to the weight I was carrying it was causing the wheel (or the rim I should say) to flex when I was standing up and peddling causing the bike to rock side to side. Ive tightened the spokes up, but now I'm wondering if I went overboard and tightened them too much. When are spokes too tight? How can you tell when you have the correct amount of tension?