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    Squeeky front forks and brakes

    I have a two year old Gary Fisher Mt. bike. Rode it a lot in Wyoming this summer and carried it around along with my wife's on the front of our 5th wheel. Recently my brakes (caliper) have started squeeking a lot and my front forks squeek when the forks are depressed. Is there an easy fix for this? Thanks

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    1) It's Squeak
    2) Toe-in your pads, or check to see if it's time for a replacement or both
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    Quote Originally Posted by operator View Post
    1) It's Squeak
    2) Toe-in your pads, or check to see if it's time for a replacement or both
    Operator,

    Thanks for your terse advice. First, I spell rather well and thought squeeky as in squeeeeky would convey my experience and the sound more accurately. I also have advanced degrees in psychology and speak two languages fluently; and one rather badly. Having gotten that out of the way, I'm 63 years old, and don't ride like I'm sure many of you on this forum do; although I'm in quite good shape mentally and physically, except for my spelling of course.

    When you say "toe in" the pads; I'm assuming you mean to adjust the pads so that the bottoms of them are slightly inward from the tops of them. Forgive me, I'm very new at this. I just had the bike in for a "Tune up" where I bought it in Phoenix and they said nothing about the pads needing replacement even though I mentioned the squeaking brakes when I dropped in off.

    Also, do you have any thoughts on the front fork squeeeeeek? Seriously, any ideas would be appreciated. (smile)

    I was actually the 1993 AZ state champion in sporting clays. Hope you know what that is. Then went to San Antonio for the World FITASC championship. (I'm sure you understand that if you speak French) While there, I met a few very nice Frenchmen and quite a few that were somewhat rude and arrogant. While I see you are from Toronto and noted the "tag" on your post (in French), I'm not sure if you're French or not and really don't care. Let's just say we've touched blades and put them away.

    Thanks again for your thoughts on the brake pads. Please let me know if you have any ideas about the forks. The constant squeeeeking on rough terrain makes me crazy after a while. Which probably
    makes me spell things funny. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by 390beretta View Post
    I have a two year old Gary Fisher Mt. bike. Rode it a lot in Wyoming this summer and carried it around along with my wife's on the front of our 5th wheel. Recently my brakes (caliper) have started squeeking a lot and my front forks squeek when the forks are depressed. Is there an easy fix for this? Thanks
    If the brake pads are not very worn down than you have two possible solutions.

    1. You can toe your brakes so the the front part of the pad touches the wheel slightly before the rear of the pad when you brake.

    2. You can rub down your pads a little with a metal file. What this does is it rubs off the first layer on the pads to eliminate contaminates and dirt.

    If those do not solve the problem then you either have contaminates built up on your rimes, such as soap, or your pads are weathered and need to be replaced.


    As for the squeeeeeeeek in the fork. You can try spraying some teflon lube down into it to try and soften the noise but if it continues, sadly the internals need to be either sent in for a rebuild or replaced.

    Wish you best of luck!
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