Originally Posted by cyccommute
Steps required after changing pads in a disc system:
1: Turn inner adjuster until pad just brushes against disc.
2: Turn outer adjuster until pad just brushes against disc.
Steps required after changing pads in a rim system:
1: Place shim between trailing edge of left pad and rim
2: Squeeze brake lever with one hand.
3: Use second hand to orient pad in height, yaw and roll.
4: Use third hand to tighten nut, the act of which causes roll orientation of pad to change.
5: Use vise-grips to hold pad in roll orientation with fourth hand, and re-tighten nut.
6: Place shim between trailing edge of right pad and rim
7: Squeeze brake lever with one hand.
8: Remembering lesson learned in step 5, use the vise-grips first this time.
9: Tighten right nut.
10: Adjust cable.
11: Adjust spring tension on both sides, going back and forth several times.
12: Realize that the rim is too far out of true for your liking.
13: Spend an hour truing the rim.
14: Repeat steps 10-11.