Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Merrick, NY
Bikes: 2009 Mercier Galaxy (custom build), 2008 Argon 18 Mercury
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Another Am I an Idiot thread... Brakes
No matter what i do I cannot stop these brakes from dragging on my rims. Its a New Bikesdirect Mercier Galaxy, it has Tektro brakes, Shimano Sora Brifters, I pulled the pads and replaced them with Kool Stops that have the tiniest bit of toe in. Even before I had the Kool Stops though I couldn't get the brakes adjusted where they didn't drag a little. The rims are true. Here is what i am doing (problem is front and back):
1. loosten cable
2. Clamp down brakes to rim (I was using a toe strap like this book I have says, then I switched to a C-clamp)
3. pull cable tight with pliers
4. tighten nut that holds cable
5. release clamp, pull brake handle to stretch a bit.
I mean that basically follows the book, and yet they drag, the old pads dragged too even without any toe in. What am I doing wrong?