How to Adjust Too-Tight Brakes | Bicycle Repair

How to Adjust Too-Tight Brakes | Bicycle Repair


If I spin the wheel slowly, it stops. So the reason for that is that it could be
either too tight, or it could be misadjusted. So on these brakes, like if you have a caliber
brake, which is like a road brake, you can actually shift it back and forth with your
hands. This brake has a spring on this side, and
a spring on this side, which is pulling it each way. So these are adjustment screws that are either
Phillips Head, this is a Phillips Head, or they’re a very small Allen or Hex key. So what you’re going to do is if you loosen
this bolt right here, it’s going to loosen the tension on the spring. If you tighten it, it’s going to tighten the
tension. So it’s going to pull it to one side or the
other. So kind of want to look at your wheel, and
see, it’s hitting on this side. It’s not hitting on this side. There’s space on the side. So you can loosen this side, I’m sorry, tighten
this side, a little bit, to bring it this way. Or you can loosen this side, also to bring
it that way. So kind of hit the brake lever again, check
it, and look, and make sure that they’re both going to hit at exactly the same spot when
you pull the brake. Looks like this side has a little bit more
room than this side, so just adjust slightly. It’s very small increments. You don’t have to do, you don’t have to turn
a lot. Just turn a little bit, check it, and see
how it looks. And then a lot of times you can just tuck
this in, so it’s not hitting you in the leg, or anything like that, or just doesn’t look
good. And there you go. So now the wheel runs smoothly. And the brakes are adjusted and doesn’t squeak. So now you can take it out on the street,
and just go slowly. Try it out. Make sure that it’s hitting properly, and
then you can just come to a complete stop. And that’s how you adjust a V Brake.

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