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    JUST RIDE
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    sloppy disc brakes

    hey i went for i ride the other day i went through some water a few times. when i came home i gave my bike a quick pipe to dry it. next day i discoverd that my disc brakes arnt working well, its a bit harder to pull the leaver in and they dont stop that well. they are cable brakes. please tell me wats wrong. thanks

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    try (1) cleaning everything particularly the disc and (2) lubing the moving parts on the brake mechanism and cable (avoiding the pads and disc of course) - (3) adjusting the pad clearance/cable tension if necessary- that usually fixes it

    if that doesn´t work you will have to detatch the cable and more precisely track down the source of the problem
    Last edited by royalflash; 01-06-08 at 01:52 AM. Reason: clarifying
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    harder to pull usually means your cables/housing have gone bad. As to why they have stopped working as well, some sort of contamination would be my guess. Hard to say without squeezing them myself.
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