Old 05-14-20, 07:00 PM
Digger Goreman
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The way I adjust brakes: after checking the cable run and making sure hardware is right, loosen the cable retainer nut at the top of the brake arm. Next, locate the small screws, on the lower brake arms, near but not on the brake pads. These are fine adjustment screws... screw them all the way in. This will put the springs as far away from the rims as possible. Then, squeeze the arms, by one hand, to within a mm or two of the rim sides. Lightly cinch the cable and tighten the retainer nut. If the brake hardware is sound (levers to brake arms to pad seating) you should get very reasonable braking now. Back out the tiny adjustment screws as needed for small refinements and pad wear.

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