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 fix brakes on a bike?
- How to Fix Road Bike Brakes – Locate the Pinch Bolt. The pinch bolt holds tension on the brake cable. It should be on the brake itself, not on the brake lever. Depending on how old your bike is and what kind of head the bolt has, you’ll most likely need either a five-millimeter hex wrench or a ten-millimeter box-end or open-end wrench to loosen
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.