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My Kid can not squeeze the brakes hard enough to stop

Old 06-06-07, 02:41 PM
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My Kid can not squeeze the brakes hard enough to stop

I just bought my kid a 20" bmx. He rides the bike ok. His problem his he can not squeeze the brakes to stop fast enough. He can slow down the bike but can not stop hard. Any solutions????

There are no foot brakes. I tried to move the brake so his palm squeezes it. Adjusted the brake for comfort. But no hard stops. (Maybe i should tell him to hit the gym :-) )

Any solutions????
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Old 06-06-07, 02:45 PM
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can you adjust it so that his pointer and middle finger are exactly at the edge of the lever?
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Old 06-06-07, 02:45 PM
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How big is he? If he can't squeeze the brakes, he either has really bad brakes or he's extremely weak.
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Old 06-06-07, 02:59 PM
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Kids can hardly ever stop fast on their bikes, even if the brakes work fine. He'll learn. Crashing your bike is part of growing up... He won't be going fast enough for it to matter.
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Old 06-06-07, 03:12 PM
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He could always take off his brakes...
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Old 06-06-07, 03:51 PM
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Odds are if it is a cheapo walmart type bike, or a cheap bikeshop bike the brakes will most definitely be sub par. There are a couple details to figure out.

1. Caliper or U-brakes? (vbrake by slim chance) Either way, odds are the pads are crap and need to be replaced.

2. Are the levers to large for his hand? Lots of cheap levers are pretty far away from the grip. There should be a little allen-bolt that you can adjust the lever towards the grip making it easier to grab for him.

3. What are the rim surface like? Odds are they are non chrome. Make sure to clean the rims on a fairly regular basis with something like simple green. Along with good brake pads this will help improve the grab a lot.

4. Just make sure everything is set up correctly. The pads hit on the rim surface evenly. Very little/no cable resistance. etc etc.
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Old 06-06-07, 05:13 PM
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Or, you could go the other way and tar your rims trials style. You'll get a bit of squeaking but the brakes'll grab very well.
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Old 06-06-07, 05:35 PM
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use a foot
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Old 06-07-07, 08:00 AM
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Thanks for the good sugestions and the dumb ass sugestions. I bought his bike at a bike shop. It is not a walmart bike, but it is not top of the line. GT zone.
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Old 06-07-07, 08:12 AM
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Originally Posted by FitRider 921
He could always take off his brakes...
You are an idiot. He's a kid, not a trendy bmx rider. He needs brakes to stop.

Some levers have little adjustable reach screws that you can thread in to push the lever towards the handle bars, this might help him because the lever would be just a bit closer to his finger so he could clamp down on it more.

Or you could get one of these for him :

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Old 06-07-07, 09:10 AM
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I actually thought about the grip squeezy work thing. I will try that after all is failed on the bike. I was thinking of add a 3-4 inch pipe to the end of the brake to give him more leverage on the handle.

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Old 06-07-07, 01:47 PM
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Defgrip is a BMX/fashion/art news website.

https://www.defgrip.com
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Old 06-07-07, 02:59 PM
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What if you brought the bike and your kid to the shop you bought it at. Ask the manager of the shop why he sold you an unsafe bike for your young child. I'm pretty sure they might take a look at it and most likely, come up with a solution that works...
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Originally Posted by CMcMahon
Defgrip is a BMX/fashion/art news website.

https://www.defgrip.com
I know, but i was refering to the squezy thingy and that's the only way i could get a picture.

And it's https://www.defgrip.net.
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Old 06-07-07, 06:59 PM
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Well, it used to be at dot-com.
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Old 06-08-07, 06:57 AM
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Originally Posted by CMcMahon
Well, it used to be at dot-com.
There is no excuse beerman. A man of your knowledge and forum going/website viewing should know these things.
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Old 06-08-07, 09:07 AM
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if its a new bike maybe it just needs to break in. When i 1st bought my last haro, the brakes didnt grab too well, so i can only imagine it would be harder for a little tot.. Once i rode a while more and wore some of that paint off the rim and it had a better surface to bite, things got WAY better.. Locks up easy now.
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OK, so your kid can't stop it. Why don't you take it for a quick little spin and see if it's the tension, the brakes not grabbing the rim, or simply lack of strength.
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is it a straight cable or gyro?
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Originally Posted by chevy42083
OK, so your kid can't stop it. Why don't you take it for a quick little spin and see if it's the tension, the brakes not grabbing the rim, or simply lack of strength.
of course, When I got the bike home, I immediately took it out of the car and show the kid how to jump a curb. And tested the brakes. Works well for me.
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Old 06-08-07, 10:56 AM
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Originally Posted by live4muzic2
is it a straight cable or gyro?
It is not a strait cable. There is 1 cable from the hand brake that is separated into 2 cables. Then both cables wrap around the bike frame, actually touching the seat post part of the frame.

look at this picture and imagine the cable on the seat post is also on the other side.

https://www.gtbicycles.com/sa/uploads...NE_RED_BMX.jpg

I think this is a crappy way of running the brake line which in the long run will scrap the paint off.
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Old 06-08-07, 02:18 PM
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that bike in that picture has a gyro though
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Old 06-08-07, 04:25 PM
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get soft compound brake pads.
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Old 06-08-07, 05:03 PM
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And get a straight cable, much more powerful than a crappy gyro
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Old 06-09-07, 01:51 AM
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There's nothing wrong with a gyro if it's adjusted properly. They may have had an inexperienced mechanic build the bike. Even some good mechanics have trouble with gyros. Take it back to the shop and have them adjust the brakes. It doesn't take that much tension to lock up 990's.
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