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    Brake cable help needed

    Just got my bike back for the LBS and the rear brake drags a little. I want to ride tomorrow and don't have time to take it back out to the LBS.

    I'm no mechanic, so can someone please help tell me how to adjust it? Do I untighten the screw on the brake caliper and pull out a little cable or push a little cable back in? There's an adjustment collar at the end of the cable on the caliper which is screwed all the way in. When I screw it out it makes the brake drag even more.

    Please help so I can ride tomorrow!!!

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    Are we talking about road brakes? If the answer is yes and looks like one of the pads is touching the wheel? easy, just push the caliper so the pad do not touch the wheel. maybe the caliper is off center.

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    Does your brake have one of these (arrow)? If so, just open it slightly until the brakes loosen up enough for you. After your ride take the bike to the shop.
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    Hmmm... I'll check that. Yes, road bike with Campy brakes.

    Quote Originally Posted by ultraman6970 View Post
    Are we talking about road brakes? If the answer is yes and looks like one of the pads is touching the wheel? easy, just push the caliper so the pad do not touch the wheel. maybe the caliper is off center.

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    No, it doesn't have those. It's Campy.. maybe 15 years old.

    Quote Originally Posted by RonH View Post
    Does your brake have one of these (arrow)? If so, just open it slightly until the brakes loosen up enough for you. After your ride take the bike to the shop.

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    1 side dragging or both? if 1 side center it by moving the whole caliper, grab it with your hand, then snug the rear nut if its loose. also make sure wheel is seated in the drop outs

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    Just one side dragging, the (my) right side. If I want to widen the brake pads just a tad, how do I do that??

    Quote Originally Posted by reptilezs View Post
    1 side dragging or both? if 1 side center it by moving the whole caliper, grab it with your hand, then snug the rear nut if its loose. also make sure wheel is seated in the drop outs

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    If you removed your wheel to bring it home, then don't **** with the cable or the brake. Open the QR and make sure the wheel is centered fully in the dropouts before you do anything else.

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