Instructions on how to adjust bicycle brakes quickly and simply
by Vy Nhat on Jun 07, 2023
1. Prepare tools
Tools to adjust bicycle brakes are quite simple that you can easily find. That is:
- When you need to tighten the brake cable, you need a hex key.
- When needing to adjust brake pads, hexagonal key and brake pads.
2. How to adjust bicycle brakes
- When tightening the brake cable:
Step 1: Check the brake cable
The ideal distance between the brake lever and the handle is 4 cm. If when squeezing the brake, the handbrake touches the handle, the brake cable is loose. You do this test with each right and left hand brake in turn.
Step 2: Loosen the screw between the brake cable and the handbrake
Turn counter-clockwise to tighten the brake cable. Then check again by squeezing the handbrake. If the brake cable is still loose. You must make a tension adjustment of the brake cable in the position of the brake pad holder.
Step 3: Adjust the bicycle brake at the brake pad holder
Open the bolt holding the brake cable with the hex key by turning it counter-clockwise.
To adjust the bicycle brake at this time, use your hand to stretch the bicycle brake cable. You should not pull the cable too tight, causing the brake pads to rub against the rim. This results in the vehicle not being able to rotate.
Step 4: Re-tighten the bolts
After completing the operation, stretch the brake cable. You tighten the fork mounting bolts that hold the brake pads and brake cable. Make sure the brake cable is stable.
Step 5: Tighten the adjusting screw at the handle position.
Fix the screw between the brake cable and the handbrake. Have you checked the tension of the brake cable?
Thus, you have done how to quickly adjust the bike brake with just a few simple steps.
- When adjusting brake pads:
Before proceeding to adjust the bicycle brakes, check the quality of the bicycle brake pads. If the brake pads have been worn for a long time, they should be replaced with new ones.
Step 1: Check the position of the brake pads
Squeeze the brake to check the position of the brake pads is in the center of the bike rim? At the same time, make sure that both sides of the brake pads are in contact with the rims at the same time.
Step 2: Loosen the screws on the brake pads
Use the hex wrench to turn counterclockwise to loosen the bolt. However, do not completely remove the screws, only loosen the screws on the brake pads.
Step 3: Adjust the brake pads
After loosening the screw, you can easily control the position of the brake pads. Please move the brake pads to lie neatly and in the center of the braces.
Step 4: Re-tighten the bolts
You use the hex key to re-tighten the bolt. Check the brake pads again if the position of the two brake pads is not even.
Above is Bicycle Supermarket's instructions on how to quickly and simply adjust bicycle brakes. With just a few small tools and easy-to-follow operations, you've completed your bike brake tuning for your favorite bike. Good luck with your application!