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Old 04-27-12, 02:50 PM   #1
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Brakes are DRAGGIN'

I've been trying to get used to my new Bacchetta Giro as a regular commuter bike, but the one thing that keeps bothering me is how much SLOWER it has been than the Strada I had been riding. After I got the bike out of the box, I took it straight to my LBS and had them set it up, and check all the bolts and stuff. They tuned it up, replaced a brake cable, lubed the other one, and trued the wheels and things. I started riding it to work, and even with the speedo error on my old bike, I was really working to get anywhere! So, I ordered some 100psi tires to try, and did on today's commute to work. I was getting a scrubbing noise some times, and had to really WORK to get up to speed and stay there. So today at lunch I got the bike out and started fooling around with the brakes. I adjusted the front one out a little bit and moved the pads a mm or so. Then I spun the rear tire, and it turned about a half a revolution and stopped. It took a half hour of fooling around, but I think I finally have the brakes adjusted so they are NOT dragging, and expect to have a faster ride home. Now, WHY didn't I check that before????? Time to go to the disk brakes that this bike is set up for and quit screwing around with the calipers....

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For whenyou go over to disc brakes, Tom. This is the best instruction set/tutorial I have found on how to set up BB5's.
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The Avid disk brakes have a neat feature that allows precision alignment with the disk rotors. If the shop didn't go through the entire procedure, it's possible they're not aligned right, leading to rubbing or poor braking or both. Since you don't know what Samsonite gorilla was handling your boxed bike, I'd take it back to the bike shop and have them redo the brake adjustment.
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