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Old 02-27-12, 10:36 PM
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Adjusting Break Pad Tension?

I have a Miyata 7-21-A road bike. Today I went on a ride and everything was fine. This evening, right after adjusting my handle bars(They were to low), I went to roll my bike into my room. I felt resistence in the tires, and when I checked I saw that the break pads were rubbing slightly against my wheels; as if someone were holding the break levers down part way. I checked the levers but they're all the way forward.

I'm pretty new to road bikes, so I'm not exactly inclined to just start messing around with things. So please, anyone with experience, could you let me know how, if at all, I can adjust the tension on the break pads.
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Old 02-27-12, 10:40 PM
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Pics of the bike? are these regular sidepull calipers or Cantilever brakes? I suspect whatever you did to the stem is affecting the brakes some how. do both brakes seem to be rubbing or just the front?
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Old 02-27-12, 10:42 PM
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Also the breaks are Shimano.
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Old 02-27-12, 10:46 PM
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Both breaks are doing this about the same. Also they're sidepulls.
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Old 02-27-12, 10:53 PM
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brake brake brake brake

Glad I could help.
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Old 02-28-12, 08:25 AM
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cables are to short? sounds like when you raised the bars the cables are to short and are being pulled slightly to make the brakes drag.
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Old 02-28-12, 08:33 AM
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Well the first thing would be to put the bars back down to the level they were and see if the problem goes away.

If that doesn't help the next thing would be to check the adjustment at the brakes themselves.
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A cable or ferrule popped out of a stop? Are the arms binding?

Release cable and reseat would be my first attempt.
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