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Old 12-02-11, 04:25 AM   #1
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disc brakes

My commuter has disk brakes but I know nothing about them like how to take care of them, how to fix them if something happens.

And I am fearful about changing a flat on them (taking the tire out and putting it back on.

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Old 12-02-11, 08:30 AM   #2
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Changing flats is not much different than before, just make sure to not touch the rotor with greasy hands.
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Old 12-02-11, 10:30 AM   #3
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Perhaps you should worry about your spelling more than your disc brakes? The rotors are sturdy, so you don't have to worry about them too much when changing tires. For the most part, there's very little maintenance to do and even that is pretty simple.

The Park Tool website has a good article on Avid Disc Brake Maintenance; other mechanical disc brakes are probably similar. I would assume you don't have hydraulic brakes on your commuter? Learn to check the brake pads for wear and adjust the distance between the pad and the rotor. Other than tire changes, that's about all you need to know as far as disc brakes are concerned...

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Old 12-02-11, 10:46 AM   #4
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Perhaps you should worry about your spelling more than your disc brakes? The rotors are sturdy, so you don't have to worry about them too much when changing tires. For the most part, there's very little maintenance to do and even that is pretty simple.

The Park Tool website has a good article on Avid Disc Brake Maintenance; other mechanical disc brakes are probably similar. I would assume you don't have hydraulic brakes on your commuter? Learn to check the brake pads for wear and adjust the distance between the pad and the rotor. Other than tire changes, that's about all you need to know as far as disc brakes are concerned...

Ahh.... the internet spelling police.

That happens. Them's the brakes.... uh, I mean breaks...



Seriously though, one thing you want to be careful of is if you take your wheel off right after a ride, your rotor can get really hot if you have just used the brakes. I have a scar on my forearm to prove it. Also, if they are hydraulic brakes, don't squeeze the lever without the rotor in the caliper.
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Old 12-02-11, 01:44 PM   #5
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ss: I would LOVE to cook next to you in a kitchen. Then we will see who eats the BAKES!
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If the Brakes are Hydraulic, keep the Keeper in your puncture repair kit.
and insert it in the gap right after you take the wheel out.
the pad wear auto adjust will kick in if the lever is touched
and the gap between the pads will be smaller..

(If a mechanical/cable disc , no problems , pad wear adjustment is also manual.
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The good chef has already admitted that he doesn't spell as well as he cooks. We've forgiven him with the understanding that he's going to be sending us all packages of goodies over the holidays.
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.......and if you suddenly have the need to use the bathroom after eating one of those goodies....dont blame me.... you all started it!

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Be careful when removing a wheel - use caution to keep the rotor from getting bent. It won't bend much, but it'll drag on the pads.
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