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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in tool care.

Sometimes bicycles need to have their brakes adjusted.



From the video description:
"Northrock Bikes Presents - This video describes steps for making basic adjustments to your bike's linear brakes."

To get certified for this BB, post a short video (2 minutes or less) that shows

 - Before, During, and After brake adjustments
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Here is my submission for the Tool Care - Sand - Adjust the Brakes on a Bicycle BB.

The Northrock Bikes Video was super helpful and I was able to adjust the brake pads (relative to the rim) at home but was having trouble adjusting brake tension (pad distance from rim and cable tension) so I attended a bike clinic at 2nd Cycle to get some help.  Shelbi (bike clinic instructor) did a bicycle inspection and found my bike in good repair and was impressed by the integrated Pannier Rack.  The brakes and shifters both needed adjusting.  Shelbi acted as a spotter as I adjusted the brake pad distance from the rim on the rear wheel then put oil/lube on the cable tension bolt.  Then I adjusted the pad distance and cable length on the front wheel before adjusting the cable length on the rear.  I do have two different styles of brake levers so instead of matching the feel or travel of the lever, I instead focused on effective braking while doing the adjustments.

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- a video showing Before, During, and After brake adjustments

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Mike Haasl approved this submission.

 
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Adjusted the rear brakes on my bike - the front brakes were okay, but the rear ones barely even touched the wheel anymore. I ended up having to tighten the calipers. I've never adjusted my own brakes before, but a quick google search told me what to do (and also told me that I have V-brakes, which will probably be useful to know for future maintenance) and it was much easier than I anticipated.

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Note: I suggest using a wrench rather than pliers. Pliers have a tendency to ruin bolts. The wider part of the pliers (the cut out part toward the pivot point) will give a better grip than the end. Looks like the brakes are effective now. Good job!

 
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To get certified for this BB, post a short video (2 minutes or less) that shows

- Before, During, and After brake adjustments

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jordan barton approved this submission.

 
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Working on Ashley's bike so we can go for a ride together! These are disc brakes so a bit different than the example but I had to adjust them so I thought I would take a video. Here it is, before, during and after adjustment.

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I learned so much about bike care today from my helpful husband! My brakes were pulling my tire stopped all the time. I learned some ways to adjust them, and also that my tire is "out of true." We were able to adjust them enough to use the bike nicely, but the "trueing" will have to wait for another day. Here are a few picks of the work and adjusting being done.
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brakes, pulling far to the left
brakes, pulling far to the left
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twiddling with the different screws til we get it right
twiddling with the different screws til we get it right
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pulling the tire off to see how wobbly it is by itself!
pulling the tire off to see how wobbly it is by itself!
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brakes, much better centered
brakes, much better centered
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This is my submission for the BB adjust bike brake.

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Mike Barkley approved this submission.

 
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