Road Cycling

How To Adjust And Maintain Bike Brakes

They can make the difference between safety and calamity, so it's essential you know how to adjust and maintain bike brakes to keep your bike in peak condition

Being able to stop your bike swiftly can be the difference between life and death. So it makes sense to keep your front and rear brakes in tip-top shape and to know how to adjust and maintain bike brakes.

  • Always check your brakes before going out on a ride
  • Your brakes could need adjusting because they are rubbing on the rim or might not be tight enough
  • Break pads wear more quickly in muddy and wet conditions
  • You might need to use an allen key to adjust your brakes correctly
  • Use a straight edge to check for wear at braking surface
  • Beyond 1.5mm the rim will need replacing

The question is how do you ensure your brakes are doing the best job possible? We’ll tell you how. Watch these video guides and then use the tips to upgrade the safety of your two-wheeled steed.

First, bike safety expert Jesse McDonough explains how to adjust your bike brakes.

How to Adjust Bike Brakes by Howcast

Second, Jules from Evans Cycles gives you his step-by-step guide to adjusting your disk brakes.

How to Adjust Brakes by Evans Cycles

Finally, Global Cycling Network reveals why your brakes might not be performing correctly and how you can fix them while out on the road.

How to Adjust Your Brakes On A Ride by Global Cycling Network


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