Just picked up a Schwinn World Sport for my first road bike. First thing I did was look over it for damage and check for loose parts. The part that held the brakes to the frame was loose so I took the brakes apart to see how they worked and put them back together. Front worked well before and works well now but is no longer loose. I can't figure out how to center these side-pulls but if you could inform me that would be great.
The rear brake was stiff and did not provide a smooth/consistent pull and still doesn't. I lined up the pads and cleaned/lubed some of the stuff but no dice. When I disconnect everything the pull is still "notchy". Is this a bad cable and/or routing? The guy said the cables were new (unless he meant shift cables) and the routing looks decent...
After I get the rear brakes figuring out I'm going to try straightening out the front wheel a touch and I should be good for a while! It's fun to ride and I already put 7 miles on it (first day with it today). I'm sure will be much better when I have full confidence in my rear brake!