28 Oct '14, 9pm

Why are your bike's brakes garbage? Six possible reasons:

Why are your bike's brakes garbage? Six possible reasons:

This one can be a bit more subtle. A caliper brake is basically just one long bolt that passes through the fork, with things attached to it. Behind the forks, a nut fastens the entire mechanism in place. In in front of the fork, the caliper arms are held in place by a pair of nuts that are tightened against each other. If these nuts loosen, play can develop in the caliper arms. Check for this by squeezing the brake lever and pushing forward on the handlebars; if both brake arms move forward more than half an inch, say, before the braking engages, this may well be the case. Confirm the extent of the problem by grabbing each brake pad and attempting to wiggle them in opposite directions; also check if you can turn the acorn nut using only your fingers. (Caveat: it could also be your bike's headset that is loose, causing the front fork itself – and not the caliper arms – to w...

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