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.
To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
- a video showing Before, During, and After brake adjustments
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.
They/them. Autistic and disabled permie newbie in zone 6a.
Mike Barkley approved this submission. 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!
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.
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.