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    Screaming brakes...

    I bought a used bike from a local bike shop today, and the owner didn't know for sure what kind of bike it is, but he said he thought it was a Fisher. I don't know if that's any good, but I took his word for it. It says Shimano on the frame. I feel kinda sketched out, seeing as I don't know anything and this guy could be totally bull****ting me. Are Fisher's any good? Is there any way to tell what kind of bike it is? Also, the rear brakes make a really loud screaming noise when I apply them. Do I need to get new ones?

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    Gary Fisher bikes -

    http://www.fisherbikes.com/

    squealing brakes just need to be "toed in" properly -

    http://sheldonbrown.com/cantilever-adjustment.html

    http://www.parktool.com/repair/
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    What model is the bike? There should be a name on the top tube, seat tube, or down tube.
    My bikes --> 2001 Litespeed Tuscany---2013 Cannondale CAAD 10 2 (5) "Racing Edition"

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    Thanks so much for the website markhr!
    RonH, the only writing on the whole bike is Shimano on the top tube (assuming top tube is the horizantal bar).

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    Could you post a picture of the bike? Possibly with close ups of the headtube (the vertical tube that your front fork and tire are connected to) and the rear half of the bike?

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    Sure, I'll post some pictures as soon as I get back from class!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashtheparty View Post
    Also, the rear brakes make a really loud screaming noise when I apply them. Do I need to get new ones?
    JK
    You could try changing to different brake pads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashtheparty View Post
    Thanks so much for the website markhr!
    RonH, the only writing on the whole bike is Shimano on the top tube (assuming top tube is the horizantal bar).
    no problem - good luck with the ID

    You could always e-mail Gary Fisher the serial number of the frame and see if that helps with the ID.
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    Sorry it's taken me so long to post the pictures, school has been crazy this week. I had to take my pictures at night so they aren't the best, but here they are:

    http://s215.photobucket.com/albums/c...nt=bike001.jpg
    http://s215.photobucket.com/albums/c...nt=bike004.jpg
    (I don't know if you can read it, but it says Advent)
    http://s215.photobucket.com/albums/c...nt=bike005.jpg
    http://s215.photobucket.com/albums/c...nt=bike007.jpg
    http://s215.photobucket.com/albums/c...nt=bike010.jpg
    http://s215.photobucket.com/albums/c...nt=bike008.jpg

    I think the original color on the front of the frame was green like the back, because the inside of the bars near the front wheel are tinged green. Also, I noticed today that the Shimano labels are stickers, is that how they are supposed to be? And where do I find the serial number?

    Thanks!!
    Jackie

    edit: Also, I took the bike back today to the shop I bought it from to ask about the brakes, and they fixed them for me. =)

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    After looking at the pics, I hope you didnt pay much for it.

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