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    Daily Rider Robert C's Avatar
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    Well, that was unexpected, frozen brakes

    I was riding my trike, on my way home from work, this evening and had an interesting experience. First, to set the stage, it was a bit cold, about 12f, and there is still flowing water no the streets. Anything that is not flowing is frozen. In fact the water beads on my trike are actually ice beads.

    I was riding home and I suddenly realized my left brake lever would not move at all. I had been thumbing (just tapping; but not enough to make pad to rotor contact) the right one without thinking about it; but I had not used the left one other than at a stop sign about four blocks behind me. I lightly pulled the left lever for no reason than to drag the pads a bit to dry them out and the lever would not move.

    Now that the trike is back inside it is working normally. Fortunately there was no call for a panic stop (of course, on ice it wouldn't have stopped anyways). Like I said, the unexpected.

    Yes, it was quite cold.


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    so it's the lever not the cable and housing causing the issue? wonder if you got some water in there somehow. can you take a hairdryer to it?

    I had a cable/housing freeze up and I had to disassemble wipe down and reassemble one dark cold morning on my way to work. not fun. I had cleaned my bike w water the night before when I got home and left the bike outside overnight. didn't do that again!

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    Totally off topic and not at all helpful: I wish it had been a little bit closer to that kind of weather a few years ago when we rode by Liberal, KS on the 8th straight day of 100+ degrees!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
    Totally off topic and not at all helpful: I wish it had been a little bit closer to that kind of weather a few years ago when we rode by Liberal, KS on the 8th straight day of 100+ degrees!
    Liberal is hot, even when it's not!

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    I've been encountering this issue for the past 2 winters with my Avid Speed Dial levers & BB7 calipers on my mtb.

    It sounds similar, when temps dip below the teens (Fahrenheit), I can grab some rear brake, but when I release the lever, the pads stay where they are. Scared me the 1st time, as I was jamming down a snowy/icy hill grabbing the brakes and when I let off the lever, my rear wheel stayed locked.

    I pulled apart the caliper & cleaned everything, & replaced housing/cable. I went out the next day to experience the same.

    I'm thinking it happens to me when snow accumulates in the caliper and/or the cable/caliper interface. When I use the brakes, the snow is heated to melting, where it can seep into nooks & crannies. When I am not using the brakes, it refreezes in those tight areas & causes it to lock up.
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    Time to upgrade to hydraulics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattoftheRocks View Post
    Time to upgrade to hydraulics.
    Exactly!

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    I have this problem occassionally. The trouble isn't cold weather, but going from a mild day to a cold day. If it gets a little too warm one day, I'll take my bike inside at night to prevent water from getting in places and freezing when the temperature goes back down.
    Hard work pays off eventually, but laziness pays off right now.

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