v brakes

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  1. hi anyone got any idea how you adjust these new brakes?? i think theyre called v brakes, any help
    recieved gratefully, TIA. GORDON.
     
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    "GORDON EDWARDS" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > hi anyone got any idea how you adjust these new brakes?? i think theyre called v brakes, any help
    > recieved gratefully,

    Pop the casings out of their stops so you can withdraw the wires. Grease or oil the wire where it
    will run inside casing. Ensure there are no kinks or folds in the casing or in the wire. New
    control cables with teflon liners are dirt cheap, so if it is damaged replace now before adjusting
    the brake.

    Pull the wire through the anchor with your fingers. Hold the wire tight, oil the anchor and fasten
    it. Now loosen the brake shoe hardware a couple of turns. Oil between the various washers and on the
    threads. Press the lever and release a few times to get the brake block even against the rim. It
    should be flush to the rim and well below the tire. Hold the lever tight and fasten the brake shoe
    nut. Repeat other side.

    Now evaluate the brake adjustment and correct as needed by either tightening or loosening the wire.
    The brake should be tight but not so tight that the rider cannot release the noodle with fingers
    alone. If the correction is slight, you could turn the adjuster at the lever ( oil threads first).

    Now ensure the wheel is ceneterd in the bike. Slip your fingers between the tire and the fork or
    stay. Correct that as needed before attackng the brake centering adjustment. It's almost always the
    wheel, not the brake, which is off-center.

    If indeed the brake drags on one side, tighten or loosen the brake spring adjuster ( a small screw
    near the bottom of the brake) as needed. Some brakes have one, some brakes two. You're trying to
    balance the spring pressure from right to left so you can either tighten one or slack the other.

    Some models have nice, long exposed springs. If so, you can unclip one and bend it as needed
    to center.

    That should do it. These are very simple products and not difficult at all to set up and adjust.
    --
    Andrew Muzi http://www.yellowjersey.org Open every day since 1 April 1971
     
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