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    Need help with v-brakes

    OK, I just got my bike back from the first, free, "checkup" the LBS gives. Fork was lubed, everything that needed lubing was, it felt overall better except... the brakes. When I brake they make this swooshing sound, not squeeking. I looked at them and I saw that on one side, the screw was unscrewed quite far (I realised because the screw was blue and when it was screwed in totally I didn't notice the blue).
    I'm going to be riding some nice trails this afternoon with some mates and there's a quite steep downhill, where the brakes would get really annoying: Any ideas? Unscrew the screw on the other side aswell? Clean the pads?


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    I think those screws have something to do with the tension from the brake arm, are they linear pull?
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    Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drunken Chicken
    Thanks.
    When in doubt http://www.parktool.com/repair_help/FAQindex.shtml or www.sheldonbrown.com will provide the best answers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raiyn
    When in doubt http://www.parktool.com/repair_help/FAQindex.shtml or www.sheldonbrown.com will provide the best answers
    I'll be sure to memorize that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drunken Chicken
    I'll be sure to memorize that!
    dooooooo it!
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    LOL! It helped a bit to adjust the screws... but then what really helped was brushing aside the end of the brake cable. xD It was hitting the tyre every time I braked.
    Braking still makes a noise but not half as bad as it was. I'll just experiment with what parktools tells me to do.
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    For gods sake don't let the pads hit the tire. That will cause unbelieveable damage very rapidly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trekkie820
    For gods sake don't let the pads hit the tire. That will cause unbelieveable damage very rapidly.
    That's not what I meant! Not the pads, the end of the brake cable...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drunken Chicken
    That's not what I meant! Not the pads, the end of the brake cable...
    That's annoying

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raiyn
    That's annoying
    Yap. And the funny part is, I didn't realise this until I lifted the bike on it's rear wheel, spun the front and watched very carefully while applying the front brake.
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    Haven't you damaged your outer/inner cable? If you did, which you probably have, I suggest you replace it now. It'll rust and break eventually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ^oZ
    Haven't you damaged your outer/inner cable? If you did, which you probably have, I suggest you replace it now. It'll rust and break eventually.
    I doubt I damaged it: all that was rubbing was that metal thing they put on the end of the brake cable so the cable strands don't fall apart: it was just the metal thing rubbing against the tyre, I'm sure.
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