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Really new to biking. Brake Problem

Old 04-08-09, 03:59 PM
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Really new to biking. Brake Problem

Okay so every time I hit my brakes they stay clamped even when I release the break lever. I Have no idea how to fix this. I don't want to just go out and mess with it because i don't want to mess up the brakes. So any tips would be helpful.
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Old 04-08-09, 04:13 PM
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Sounds like your cable is kinked/misrouted/binding. Loosen the cable clamp on the calipers and verify the cable moves freely within the housing.

*** Make sure you reinstall the cable on the calipers and tighten the clamp properly!
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Did you buy the bike new or used.

If new, take it back to the shop you bought it at and have them take a look at it.

If used, take it to a shop to have them look at it. It might just be an old brake cable that needs replacement, or it could be something much worse.
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Okay so every time I hit my brakes they stay clamped even when I release the break lever. I Have no idea how to fix this. I don't want to just go out and mess with it because i don't want to mess up the brakes. So any tips would be helpful.
With a caliper brake there's not that much to mess with. You could first lube the pivot points which should be done routinely anyway, preferably after you've washed your bike. That might allow easier movement of the pivots rather than potential catching.

You could alse rotate the brake from side to side to see if the pad no longer stays in contact with the rim when releasing the brakes. You may have to loosen the bolt holding the brake in place in order to rotate it.

These are probably the easiest things you can do.
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