How to adjust your brake cables
- Pull the brake lever to judge how tight or loose your brakes are.
- Tighten or loosen the barrel adjuster accordingly.
- Loosen the bolt on the brake caliper to readjust.
- Pull or release the brake cable through the caliper.
- Tighten the caliper bolt back up.
- Check your brake pads.
How do you adjust the brakes on a bicycle?
- On most bicycles, you can adjust your brakes by turning the barrel adjustor clockwise. As you (slowly) turn, keep an eye on your brakes. If they’re linear pull (V-brake) style, or calliper, you should see the pads gradually get closer to the rim.
What does it mean when your brakes are rubbing?
A rubbing sound could be an early sign of a worn brake pad rubbing against the rotor. The pad could be in an early stage of wear before it moves on to a heavy grinding noise. Another possibility is a braking pad that hasn’t fully released. If you haven’t driven your car in a while, there may be rust on the rotors.
How do I stop my brake caliper from rubbing?
To fix brake rub, make sure the brake is centered. If it’s loose, squeeze the brake lever to center it and tighten the bolt that mounts it to the frame. If the brakes are still rubbing, check to see if your wheel needs to be trued.