terrified of fiddling with my bike

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spr wheelie
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terrified of fiddling with my bike

Postby spr wheelie » Thu Nov 15, 2012 00:17 am

dont know why, im pretty mechanically minded but proper paranoid about doing something wrong when maintaining my bike.

which is now bringing me here as i dont want to just start trying things and stripping brakes.

been transporting it in the boot of my car with both the wheels off and after putting it back together i noticed that the rear brake lever travels far further than the front. not been doing this before and ive only really ridden it in anger 3 times. my brakes are slx. pumped them a few times and it got better but not compleatly. any ideas.

cheers for reading,
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Re: terrified of fiddling with my bike

Postby Greer_ » Thu Nov 15, 2012 00:24 am

Pumping them a few times should fix it. But for any other queries, parktools.com is always worth a shout.

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Re: terrified of fiddling with my bike

Postby The Rookie » Thu Nov 15, 2012 09:34 am

Worst case, wind out the travel adjust and elastic band the lever to the bars overnight.....

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Re: terrified of fiddling with my bike

Postby mcnultycop » Thu Nov 15, 2012 16:26 pm

Do you put the pads separators in when you put your bike in the car? I didn't do this for a while and my brakes always felt a bit odd when I popped the wheels back in.

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Re: terrified of fiddling with my bike

Postby Greer_ » Thu Nov 15, 2012 16:50 pm

I never use pad spacers ... pumping the brakes a good few times always fixes it in my case.

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Re: terrified of fiddling with my bike

Postby spr wheelie » Sat Nov 17, 2012 18:20 pm

cheers for the replies. dont have any spacers so iv just been sticking in some folded up cardboard between the pads. ill try elasticing it one night when i get back to it.
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Re: terrified of fiddling with my bike

Postby roverthehill » Sat Nov 17, 2012 19:52 pm

that's sick mate, u fiddler you...

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Re: terrified of fiddling with my bike

Postby Benz carrera » Sat Nov 17, 2012 21:20 pm

What is the best bike maintenance manual because I feel the same lol

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Re: terrified of fiddling with my bike

Postby cooldad » Sat Nov 17, 2012 21:55 pm

Parktools - 'Read this first' in my sig.
Sheldon Brown website.
Any number of Youtube videos.
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Re: terrified of fiddling with my bike

Postby Riverman63 » Sun Nov 18, 2012 14:38 pm

You could try Total Bike Maintenance Book by Mel Allwood. Informative with pics. Handy for all round knowledge. Knowledge is power

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Re: terrified of fiddling with my bike

Postby 70\'sPenguin » Sun Nov 18, 2012 15:49 pm

cooldad wrote:Parktools - 'Read this first' in my sig.
Sheldon Brown website.
Any number of Youtube videos.



I believe the common parlance is +potato.

Also, FWIW, i do not understand the comment about pad spacing. If you take out the wheel in transit then there is a possibility that the lever will be pulled and the pads will close a little. This will result in the pads becoming closer to the disc and, therefore, making the lever travel less. From what you describe it sounds like you either have a little air in the system or there could be a small leak. I believe from reading elsewhere that some people have experienced a small leak from the piston with the new shimanos. However, try the elasticated lever thing and if it doesnt work then put up a post in the tech section.

Dont be afraid to tinker! Worst that can happen is you get brake fluid in your eyes and are permanently blinded. You lose your job, your wife leaves you, you become derelict and are forced into prostitution to feed your crack habit.

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Re: terrified of fiddling with my bike

Postby The Rookie » Mon Nov 19, 2012 08:47 am

Books are a bad idea as bike tech is an evolving beast and as soon as a book is written something new will come along and make it out of date!


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