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Old 03-20-07, 07:47 PM
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I need help with my front brakes

When ever i start biking or turn i herd this squeking noise. I figured out what it is. Its my front brakes. There too close to the wheel and makes it hard to pedal and make this annoyig squenking sound.

When ever i spread the brakes apart and tighten them it goes back to the way they were


CAN ANYONE HELP!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!!!!!!!!!!?????!!!!!!!?!???!?!????!?!?!?!?!?!!



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Old 03-20-07, 08:01 PM
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Ummmm...do you have disc brakes or rim brakes?
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Old 03-20-07, 08:03 PM
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Try riding around the street with your front brakes disconnected and see if the noise is still there. If you want to adjust the brakes the you need to let out some slack in the cable by releasing the small bolt that holds the cable in place, then tighten to bolt again when you have let out some slack. Then play with the screw on each side of the brakes. That screw adjusts how far the brake shoe rebounds away from the wheel. But it won't help if the brakes are just too close to the wheel. You have to adjust the cable length correctly.
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Old 03-21-07, 06:34 PM
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Thanks

Hay thanks for the help
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Old 03-21-07, 06:36 PM
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I have rim brakes
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In addition to Scott's advice make sure the the front wheel is true. Ride slowly and look down at your front wheel and make sure it spins straight and doesn't wobble a little to the right or left. If the sound happens when the wheel wobbles to the right or left then you should get the wheel trued. Also, I've heard a toe in eliminates squeaks and such, but I've never had to try that.

I wouldn't recommend truing it yourself unless you have the tools and expertise. A couple of years ago I tried to do it with a pair of pliers.
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Bottom line: v-brakes are not worth the amount of frustration you will pour into them. Adjusted well, they work great and are light. But good luck keeping them adjusted. Hydro discs are generally maintenance free. Occasionally they are a pain, but still easy to fix. Gosh, I hate v-brakes so much. =)
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Old 03-21-07, 10:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Scottluebke2004
Bottom line: v-brakes are not worth the amount of frustration you will pour into them. Adjusted well, they work great and are light. But good luck keeping them adjusted. Hydro discs are generally maintenance free. Occasionally they are a pain, but still easy to fix. Gosh, I hate v-brakes so much. =)
Ya, and hydros are also more expensive!
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No doubt. They are hella more expensive. But you know what? Late nights in the garage trying to perfectly adjust v-brakes is worth the money spent on no-hassle hydros. No question.
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