HOW TO TIGHTEN A BRAKE CABLE?
April 19, 2005
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Im trying to fix my girlfriends
hand brakes. The pads are fine, but the cables need tightening.
How does one do that? I dont want to screw up and
give her an unsafe bike. Plus, if I do it right Id
score some serious points. Thanks.
Youd think that if I could
guide someone thru bike maintenance via pages of a book,
e-mail would make for a cakewalk, right?
I dont, however, accept the
challengenot when weve got all these dandy Web
sites that practically do the maintenance for you. Park
Tool has a particularly competent one, in my view.
At Parks "Bike
Repair and Maintenance" page scroll down to "Brake
Lever and Brake Caliper." Youll find brake adjustment
routines for each of four types of brakes; youll have
to look at each one to see which applies.
Once you find it, you can pretty
much ignore all the other stuff till you get to the "adjustment
procedure" section. Or not; once youve adjusted
that cable, you just might score more points if you toe
in the brake pads as well.