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Old 03-23-08, 08:58 AM   #1
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cannot connect front brake after removing wheel

I just bought a new bike yesterday and to get the bike to fit in my car, the guy had to take the front wheel off. He showed me the quick release on the tire and he disconnected the front brake. He showed me how to connect it back, but he made it look so easy!

When I got home, it was not so easy. I put the tire back on and tried to connect the brake but it won't connect! No matter how hard I try to push it together, it's just not enough to make the boot thing go in the little metal piece.

It's kind of hard for me to explain it but the picture of the brake on this page is pretty much what my brake looks like:

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/canti-direct.html

If you scroll down a little bit and see the picture where it says noodle unhooked, that's where i'm at right now.

Is there some kind of trick to connect the brake back? I'm not sure if I have the tire on correctly...could this somehow make it harder to connect? I don't know much about bikes except how to ride them and my fingertips are raw from trying to get this brake connected again. I don't think it should be this hard so I must have something wrong. Can anyone help?

Thank you!
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Old 03-23-08, 09:05 AM   #2
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Is there some kind of trick to connect the brake back? I'm not sure if I have the tire on correctly...could this somehow make it harder to connect? I don't know much about bikes except how to ride them and my fingertips are raw from trying to get this brake connected again. I don't think it should be this hard so I must have something wrong. Can anyone help?

Thank you!
Is the wheel axle seated into the grooves of the front forks? Are the brake pads lining up beside the metal wheel rim? It almost sounds like you did not push the wheel far enough up to seat itself and the brake pads might be lined up with the sides of the tires, instead of the wheel rim.

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Old 03-23-08, 09:15 AM   #3
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I just bought a new bike yesterday and to get the bike to fit in my car, the guy had to take the front wheel off. He showed me the quick release on the tire and he disconnected the front brake. He showed me how to connect it back, but he made it look so easy!

When I got home, it was not so easy. I put the tire back on and tried to connect the brake but it won't connect! No matter how hard I try to push it together, it's just not enough to make the boot thing go in the little metal piece.

It's kind of hard for me to explain it but the picture of the brake on this page is pretty much what my brake looks like:

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/canti-direct.html

If you scroll down a little bit and see the picture where it says noodle unhooked, that's where i'm at right now.

Is there some kind of trick to connect the brake back? I'm not sure if I have the tire on correctly...could this somehow make it harder to connect? I don't know much about bikes except how to ride them and my fingertips are raw from trying to get this brake connected again. I don't think it should be this hard so I must have something wrong. Can anyone help?

Thank you!
As long as the wheel is centered in the dropouts, this is what you must do:

Loosen up the 5mm anchor bolt holding the brake cable to allow a little slack in the cable itself. Pull a little cable through as needed to gain the required clearance.This will spread the brake pads out. Attach cable to "noodle" , squeeze pads to rim or very close and tighten anchor bolt to cable. Do not final tighten at this point, just enough to securely hold cable as you check fit. When adjusted properly, final tighten anchor bolt.
Good luck!
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Old 03-23-08, 09:26 AM   #4
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As long as the wheel is centered in the dropouts, this is what you must do:

Loosen up the 5mm anchor bolt holding the brake cable to allow a little slack in the cable itself. Pull a little cable through as needed to gain the required clearance.This will spread the brake pads out. Attach cable to "noodle" , squeeze pads to rim or very close and tighten anchor bolt to cable. Do not final tighten at this point, just enough to securely hold cable as you check fit. When adjusted properly, final tighten anchor bolt.
Good luck!
I wouldn't be too quick to mess with adjusting the cable length. If it came off easily once, it'll go on easily again. Try this:

1. Make sure that your wheel is centered in the fork. Put your bike on it's own wheels. Release the quick release and retighten it while you push downward on the handlebars.

2. If the brake still doesn't want to close, start at the brake lever. make sure the brake housing is seated. Do the same thing at the noodle.

My bet is one of those two things (both of which are common) will solve your problem.
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Brake housing needs to be seated in the brake lever, or cable guides.
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I wouldn't be too quick to mess with adjusting the cable length. If it came off easily once, it'll go on easily again. Try this:
+1 Do what retro grouch said. The other option that may work if it's really tight, is to reconnect the brakes with the wheel off. Secure the wheel and hopefully the tire is narrow enough to clear the brakes un-inflated, then all you have to do is reinflate and ride.
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Old 03-23-08, 09:44 AM   #7
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Thanks for the quick response!

I'm still working on it...the brake pads do not seem to be hitting the tire. They are hitting the metal part. Maybe i don't have the tire on right...it made a funny sound when i rolled it, like it's rubbing against the bike. I think I should take the tire off and start over.

The brake will still not close. It's like i wish I could pull just a little more of the cable to make it stretch, but I'm worried if I go messing around with the brake cable, I will just make my problem worse.
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Does the rear brake still work? If so, look at it and try to replicate that on the front. Make sure cable is seated in the lever housing, etc.
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Old 03-23-08, 11:39 AM   #9
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Well I had some success!

I'm not sure what I did but I loosened some things and was finally able to get the brake connected! The brake didn't seem to work at first but I made some adjustments and tightened some things up. Seems to work now. Thanks for the help everyone!
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