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    Complete bicycle newbie: Front brake problems

    Hello, definitely not an avid biker here, so please excuse my lack of biking knowledge.
    Just got an old bike out of the garage for the first time in years and was trying to fix it up when I came across a problem I can't figure out for the life of me. The front brakes work when the lever is pressed and the bike rides fine when going straight and making left turns, but when right turns are made, the brakes tighten enough to completely stop the bike in its tracks. Anybody know what that might be?
    Thank you!

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    Let's see a picture of your bike showing the brake cable routing.

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    Sounds like something may be seriously wrong with the way the brake cable is routed so that turning the handlebars causes tension on the brake cable. A picture of the bike showing the front brake cable and brake would be helpful.

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    Brake cable too short would be my guess, ya turn the bar torks cable housing, cable and all closing the brake?

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    Here you are. Thanks!

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    You spun the handlebars and fork around a full turn. Spin them back.

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    Oh, that is reasonably embarrassing. Thank you though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwi74 View Post
    Hello, definitely not an avid biker here, so please excuse my lack of biking knowledge.
    Just got an old bike out of the garage for the first time in years and was trying to fix it up when I came across a problem I can't figure out for the life of me. The front brakes work when the lever is pressed and the bike rides fine when going straight and making left turns, but when right turns are made, the brakes tighten enough to completely stop the bike in its tracks. Anybody know what that might be?
    Thank you!
    whomever did that was an idiot. Too long a brake cable, that couldve easily been cut to fit. it shouldnt be long enough to be wrapped like that. Take it to your lbs and have them trim the housing and cable, it should be much shorter than that. MAKE SURE they cap the HOUSING and CABLE as well.
    The speed is break neck, faster than a high speed dual cassette tape deck.

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    oh, or that...lol. damn this phone.
    The speed is break neck, faster than a high speed dual cassette tape deck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jax Rhapsody View Post
    whomever did that was an idiot. Too long a brake cable, that couldve easily been cut to fit. it shouldnt be long enough to be wrapped like that. Take it to your lbs and have them trim the housing and cable, it should be much shorter than that. MAKE SURE they cap the HOUSING and CABLE as well.

    I think you could use a Snickers.
    Everyone's a roadie, they just might not know it yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianmcg123 View Post
    I think you could use a Snickers.
    Yeah, that would be nice, sweet cookiw wafer covered in caramel, dipped in choxolate. I might need two...
    The speed is break neck, faster than a high speed dual cassette tape deck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianmcg123 View Post
    I think you could use a Snickers.
    Does that repel troll OPs?

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