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Old 12-06-2005, 09:19 PM   #1
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How do i loosen the brakes?

My mini seems to have the breaks everso slightly engaged. and when i look at the brakes and the rotor, it does actaully look like the front and rear are touching the rotor . I feel like when i'm rolling and in nuetral,the bike is slowing down quicker than it should........whats the best way to loosen them up justa little bit, if any?
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disc brakes will normally have a slight drag, as the pads and rotor will slightly rub. this is why you usually cannot (should not) see betweent the pads and rotor, unless you have specially designed low friction disc brakes with spring returns on the caliper pistons such as on some pedal bikes. You can see how much drag they have by simply having the wheel off the ground and spinning the tire...then see if it has excessive drag or not. also you could run around for awhile without using the specific brake you are concerned with, then checking to see if the rotor is hot.

If it is dragging considerably, I don't know of an easy way to "loosen" them up, its usually something malfunctioning such as the caliper sticking, or whatnot.
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disc brakes will normally have a slight drag, as the pads and rotor will slightly rub. this is why you usually cannot (should not) see betweent the pads and rotor, unless you have specially designed low friction disc brakes with spring returns on the caliper pistons such as on some pedal bikes. You can see how much drag they have by simply having the wheel off the ground and spinning the tire...then see if it has excessive drag or not. also you could run around for awhile without using the specific brake you are concerned with, then checking to see if the rotor is hot.

If it is dragging considerably, I don't know of an easy way to "loosen" them up, its usually something malfunctioning such as the caliper sticking, or whatnot.
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you could try to disasemble the calipers and grease the piston.
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Old 12-06-2005, 11:33 PM   #4
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or make sure the front fork bolt isnt too tight thats what was wrong with mine loosened it about 1/2 a turn or so and fixed the problem could also be the rear one....
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or make sure the front fork bolt isnt too tight thats what was wrong with mine loosened it about 1/2 a turn or so and fixed the problem could also be the rear one....
might have to show me how to...i dont wanna anything up esp..something tha has to do with the wheels...
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no problem man just give me a call tomarow or when ever..
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