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Old 04-06-14, 05:41 PM
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so I took everyones advice and got new slicks! I went to a donation place I found out after doing a google search. Its a community Run place and they had the brand new tires for $10 each. I also learned how to put them on they taught me. So I put on my new tires got home and realize that my brakes are rubbing on one side on each tire. How do I fix this.
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Old 04-06-14, 06:17 PM
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I am assuming your bike has v-brakes ?? If it does then here is a link to help you:
Adjusting Direct-pull Cantilever Bicycle Brakes ("V-Brakes ")
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Old 04-06-14, 06:39 PM
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Mark sure you axles are fully seated in the dropouts before you adjust your brakes. Pretty common mistake.
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Old 04-06-14, 07:32 PM
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+1, you may not have gotten the axles seated in the dropouts evenly ..
while bike is perpendicular .. straight up ... loosen the axle nuts and then re tighten them ..
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Old 04-06-14, 07:43 PM
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Congratulations on scoring new tires. You should have V brakes. The YouTube link should help.
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Don't ride it until it's fixed, it will not take much time at all to puncture the tire... If it's not an issue with how the wheel is seated, then the adjustment would probably best be done at a bike shop or your co op. It's not too tricky to move them up or down, but if they are standard cantilever brakes, they can be a bear to get adjusted with toe in etc.
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What they said.

Also, in my experience it is equally important for your bike to have no breaks, as it is to have properly set up brakes.
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Originally Posted by downtube42 View Post
Mark sure you axles are fully seated in the dropouts before you adjust your brakes. Pretty common mistake.
Definitely start here, you would be surprised at how often this happens. Simply open the quick release with the bike on its wheels and pushing down on either the saddle or the stem and then tighten it again. If you feel the bike shift when you open the quick release this was probably your issue.

If not, the link for adjusting your brakes is the next step and is an easy job once you have done it a time or two.
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I am always surprised when my brakes get out of alignment without me doing anything - Thats why I check them always before each ride...

(sure hope to ride soon...)
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+1 on checking to make sure the wheels are in right.

Park Tool's site has easy to read instructions.
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Originally Posted by dynaryder View Post
+1 on checking to make sure the wheels are in right.

Park Tool's site has easy to read instructions.
Exactly what I needed thank you soooooo much!!!!!
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+1000 on making sure your wheels are seated properly. I've made that mistake a few times after changing a flat.

As far as adjusting the brakes, there are little screws on either side that adjust the spring tension. Tighten one and loosen the other, pull the brakes a few times, and check the centering of the pads. Repeat until it's good to go.

It's also worth making sure the posts are lubed. Mine had gotten really gummed up after 6-8 months of all-weather riding and I had to take the brakes off, clean the posts, clean the springs, and relube (I used some trombone tuning slide grease, which has held up well).
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Archery_Queen's going to be teaching us by the end of the year!!!
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Archery_Queen's going to be teaching us by the end of the year!!!
Seriously possible
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