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Old 10-15-15, 05:41 AM
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V-Brake cable stuck between holding bolt and brake arm

Rear brake cable of my bicycle is stuck between the brake arm and holding bolt. Meaning when I unscrew the holding bolt, the cable still can't move. The brake is springing in and out fine but are rubbing against the rim so unclipped them. The bicycle is only a few weeks old but it seems the cable and brake parts were not lubed well and I had to clean them with a hose after getting some tar.
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Old 10-15-15, 06:13 AM
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If its only a few weeks old them the it back to the shop and they'll fix it.
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The shop is a multi-sport one where the bike mechanics and salesmen are not experts and just people doing part time job. Besides the place is a bit far for going during weekdays and the cycle is a cheaper single speed. I could get it fixed from a local mechanic though if its going to be difficult.
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I can't understand what the problem is. Are you saying you loosened the anchor bolt but the cable is frozen to the brake arm?
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YOu can't grab the cable with pliers and give it a yank to move it loose?
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I can't understand what the problem is. Are you saying you loosened the anchor bolt but the cable is frozen to the brake arm?
The brake cable is stuck between the bolt and the brake arm. The cable is in proper position but does not come loose when I loosen the anchor bolt hex nut. I think the brake arm is supposed to move when you loosen the nut?


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YOu can't grab the cable with pliers and give it a yank to move it loose?
The cable does have a small handle and I've tried to pull it with some force but not much.
Not sure if the problem is if the brake arm is stuck(though it is springing in-out while braking fine) or the cable is stuck in the hole..
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moved here from the General forum

Cheaper V brakes done exactly have a lot of spring power, so just loosening up the cable may not release the brake. And isn't there a tab that holds the cable? It might have more holding power than you think. Or maybe I don't understand the problem.
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The brake cable can be bent tightly around the anchor bolt, if the cable end was routed along the brake arm. That "crook" in the cable, plus any tab or washer, plus not loosening the anchor bolt enough, could cause the cable to stick in place. You need to free the cable end, loosen the bolt more, wiggle, yank hard, etc.

But why are you trying to release the cable from the anchor bolt?

You said the brake (pads?) rub the rim. That's usually because the rim is not true (not straight, wobbles from left to right as you spin the wheel). Or because the brake springs are misadjusted so one pad is always contacting the rim while the other pad is far away from the rim. If the brake pads are simply too close to the rim, you can usually adjust that with the barrel adjuster on the brake lever. Undoing the anchor bolt is one of the last things I would be doing.
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If it's touching on one side tighten the screw and it will center the brake.

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