Caliper Brakes Too Tight

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Caliper Brakes Too Tight

Postby James Garner » Sun Apr 06, 2008 08:15 am

My boy is 4 and has been riding without stabalisers for the last 3-4 months. I take him out quite regular as I also ride MTB. His brake calipers are very tight and he finds it difficult to pull the brakes to slow him down.

Can anyone give me some tips on how to fix this problem as he uses his feet to stop at the moment.

He is quite fearless so has no problem launching himself down hills. My worry is that he is continuing to improve all the time but I don't want him to continue to use his feet mainly because it's a bad habit and I don't want him to hurt himsef if he goes too fast and can't stop. I know boys will be boys. (it also wrecks his shoes ha ha!)

Can anyone help me!?! :?:

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Postby redvee » Sun Apr 06, 2008 11:46 am

On the central shaft of a calliper brake there are two nuts either side of the mechanism, undo them slightly. Had the same when I was a kid.

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Postby baudman » Fri Apr 18, 2008 09:20 am

Yeah - U need to be able to actually pull the lever, to get any leverage. So... it should only start to come on at around the half-way point, if you follow.
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Postby yuri_d » Mon Jul 14, 2008 13:02 pm

I disconnected the spring on the caliper - it kind of touched the rims but did not really bind the wheel. Like in a car. We rode it for 2 years with the same set pf pads. You can always reconnect it
the calliper was with both levers on the same pin above the wheel and a spring held them apart.

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