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    Can't touch this! FireTeamCharlie's Avatar
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    !@#$ing front brakes..

    My front brakes are crapping out. It started after I sawshed my bike 2 days ago. They are a little stingy when you pull them. I took the things that mount on the 990s off greased up the 990s put em back together, same result. I thinks its the brake cable, any thoughts?

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    im not very good at the names of parts but i know parts well but um the brake cable the brake springs and the tension that u put on the brakes
    um yeah......

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    Operator error.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Expatriate
    Operator error.

    Agreed, take your bike to your LBS(or a friend that knows what hes doing) and have them tune the brakes.

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    "Stingy" is not a word I can work with. Sorry, I have no answers for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hypersnazz
    "Stingy" is not a word I can work with. Sorry, I have no answers for you.
    What? But you'll take "Sawshed"?

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    What do you use them for? If you dont have an answer other than to stop, take them off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Expatriate
    What? But you'll take "Sawshed"?
    My internal safety mechanisms that protect me from thinking too hard where thinking too hard might possibly bring me harm blocked that one out, I wasn't even aware that word existed somewhere I could read it until you mentioned it.

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    LUBE THE CABLE.......and don't put too much tension on the springs.
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    might as well just trash your bike. start new.

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    Spray heaps of WD40 all over your brakes. If nothing else, at least you'll be taking a consistent approach to bike maintenance.

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    Get rid of them and ride brakeless or a rear!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FireTeamCharlie
    My front brakes are crapping out. It started after I sawshed my bike 2 days ago. They are a little stingy when you pull them. I took the things that mount on the 990s off greased up the 990s put em back together, same result. I thinks its the brake cable, any thoughts?
    I know what the problem is, you don't know how to put brakes together.
    And I don't live in a refridgerator box ass hole

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikerLRY
    I know what the problem is, you don't know how to put brakes together.
    And I don't live in a refridgerator box ass hole
    Why don't you two PM each other, instead of exchanging weak insults on the open forum? Most of us are pretty tired of seeing you guys go at it. Your comments are childish, and as far insults go, they're not even creative.

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    take them off when they quit working.
    go more faster

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    well, if you washed your bike with a hose and soap, you probably got water in your cable housing, if you have a high pressure air compressor (like a shop has), you might try blowing any moisture out. or just buy new cable and housing and drip a few drops of phil's tenacious oil in the housing. another thing to check would be the cable routing. if the housing is kinked anywhere, it could make it feel sticky. either way, if you replace the cable and housing, you'll probably be golden.

    on another note:
    i really hope you didn't use a hose to clean your bike. if you did, and you used that nifty little thumb over the end to increase the pressure trick, you can probably kiss all your bearings goodbye. especially if they're sealed cartridge. the seals are designed to keep water and dust out under normal riding circumstances, but if you force water into them, they won't let it back out again...and then...well, hosed bearings. the nice thing is, most cartridge bearings are available at your LBS, and are pretty trouble-free to replace yourself.

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    I'm pretty sure he's stuffed up something simple on his brand new bike. I stick to my original advice: He needs to take it to an adult, or someone that knows what they're doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Expatriate
    I'm pretty sure he's stuffed up something simple on his brand new bike. I stick to my original advice: He needs to take it to an adult, or someone that knows what they're doing.
    but how will he learn if he doesn't fix it himself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OneTinSloth
    but how will he learn if he doesn't fix it himself?
    How will it work if he fixes it himself?

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    i dunno...stupidity never strikes the same place twice?

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    Well, I can see you haven't spent too much time in the BMX forums.

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    I've kind of stopped trying to second-guess a lot of the issues, especially from certain frequent posters here...I'll only field specific technical questions or more general ones if they're interesting or esoteric enough. The problem is in order to educate someone on how to *fix* their brakes, you've got to go through an entire dissertation on how brakes *work* for several of the users here. It's some pretty tedious sh*t.

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    1. pull brake lever.
    2. cable moves through housing.
    3. cable moves paddle inside the caliper that wakes up the magical gnomes who then telepathically sense that you have to stop.
    4. gnome uses telekinesis to move the brake arm against the rim, then uses telekinesis to slow/stop the entire bike.


    i mean, what's so hard about that? come to think of it, sounds like our boy charlie has a problem with some punk-ass, lazy brake gnomes. front brake gnomes are the worst, too. he'll probably have to take the bike in and have them replaced.

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    Welcome to the BMX threads.

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    "Uh-uh. Respek Knuckles." hypersnazz's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by OneTinSloth
    1. pull brake lever.
    2. cable moves through housing.
    3. cable moves paddle inside the caliper that wakes up the magical gnomes who then telepathically sense that you have to stop.
    4. gnome uses telekinesis to move the brake arm against the rim, then uses telekinesis to slow/stop the entire bike.


    i mean, what's so hard about that? come to think of it, sounds like our boy charlie has a problem with some punk-ass, lazy brake gnomes. front brake gnomes are the worst, too. he'll probably have to take the bike in and have them replaced.
    Dude, you know he's just going to squirt more WD-40 at the problem, pretend that fixed it and come back with another one. Then the cycle begins anew.

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