Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Bicycle Mechanics
Reload this Page >

197? Schwinn Suburban 5 Speed Brake Issues

Bicycle Mechanics Broken bottom bracket? Tacoed wheel? If you're having problems with your bicycle, or just need help fixing a flat, drop in here for the latest on bicycle mechanics & bicycle maintenance.

197? Schwinn Suburban 5 Speed Brake Issues

Old 09-02-08, 11:46 AM
  #1  
mjwarner
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
mjwarner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: MI
Posts: 78

Bikes: 1970s Schwinn Suburban 5spd

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
197? Schwinn Suburban 5 Speed Brake Issues

Hello Mechanics,

I've just purchased a pair of Schwinn Suburban 5 spds, his and hers for $70 - seems a good deal. Both are in great shape and I'm already riding mine to work. However, the rear brake on my wife's does not work. Here is the problem:

The cable is jammed or stuck somewhere, I think it is in the brake lever. There are no visible adjustments to make on the lever, and dissasembly seems impossible without damaging the lever. The lever is orginal, I'm pretty sure.

When I pull the brake lever, well, I can't.

Question: Is it possible to disassemble and reassemble the lever? If so, I can add new cable.

Would it be better to buy a replacement lever, and if so, will there be compatibility issues due to the age of the bike?

Thanks.
mjwarner is offline  
Old 09-02-08, 12:10 PM
  #2  
Scooter42
Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
It sounds to me like the brake cable is corroded and sticking in the housing. If her bike is a 'ladies-style' frame, then the way the rear section of housing is routed contributes to water getting into the housing easier and speeding the corrosion process, especially if the bike sits for months (or years).
Scooter42 is offline  
Old 09-02-08, 12:58 PM
  #3  
CACycling
Senior Member
 
CACycling's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Oxnard, CA
Posts: 4,564

Bikes: '08 Fuji Roubaix RC; '07 Schwinn Le Tour GS; '92 Diamond Back Ascent EX

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Start by cutting the cable (not the housing) at an exposed point as near to the brake lever as possible and see if you can move the lever. If you can, the problem is on the caliper side of that cut. If not, it is on the brake lever side. Cable and housing is cheap (and you're going to have to replace it anyway) so cut both an inch away from the brake lever and see what that does for you. If it is still frozen, replace lever, cable and housing. If it is fre, replace cable and housing. And don't forget to replace the brake pads. They are due.
CACycling is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
samit
For Sale
0
04-10-19 10:26 PM
dweenk
Classic & Vintage
0
07-21-14 04:46 PM
Lexi01
Road Cycling
33
01-24-12 03:52 PM
tugrul
Classic & Vintage
16
12-15-10 09:00 PM
Leland
Bicycle Mechanics
0
04-19-05 08:32 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.