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    no tension from bike breaks?

    my bike breaks were working fine when I was just messing with them to see how they worked. i'm not sure what i did wrong but i heard a snap noise and now when i pull the string pulls up but on the other end near the breaks they don't pull up. the break attached to the side with the wire doesn't move at all... this sounds like a common issue. any idea as to what may have gone wrong?

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    From your description it sounds like maybe the inner wire snapped at or near the head, or possibly a poorly seated cable head popped out (more likely on older model brake levers with a key slot for the cable head).

    Step one, close the squeeze the brake lever and look inside to see if the wire stretches from the body out to the end of the lever. If not, pull the housing away from the brake arm. If it comes loose that confirms a broken cable. If it comes loose but stops about an inch or so out then it's more likely that the cable head popped out.

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    what kind of brakes do you have?
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