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Old 06-23-09, 12:52 PM
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V-Brakes? + Chians? Problems

Hello,

I am new to this forum and to biking. I have a diamondback edgewood and i believe i have brakes called v-brakes. Well, the brakes are too close to the wheel so when i ride my bike it does now turn smoothly. Any suggestion on how to fix this?

Also, when i ride around i hear random clinks as though the gears were shifting, when i look to check, all the gears were still in the current setting i had. So i am thinking they are like kinks in the chains? Any Ideas?

Thanks,

Bill
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Old 06-23-09, 01:36 PM
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1. Before doing anything check to be sure that your wheel is square in the dropouts. The easiest way to do this is to stand the bike up on it's own two wheels, then open and close the axle quick release.

2. Linear pull brakes (It has to be Shimano to be a V-brake) have a little screw at the base of one or both brake arms. By turning that screw you can adjust the return spring tension. Fiddle with it until both brake arms move together.

3. Probably the random clunks you are hearing is the result of improperly adjusted shift cable tension. If that's the case, turning the barrel adjuster that's adjacent to the rear derailleur 1/4 turn CCW will usually fix it.
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
3. Probably the random clunks you are hearing is the result of improperly adjusted shift cable tension. If that's the case, turning the barrel adjuster that's adjacent to the rear derailleur 1/4 turn CCW will usually fix it.
I would start the whole readjustment process from scratch if you have the mechanical know-how. Use this link.

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