Are you struggling with brakes that just don’t feel quite right after bleeding? Haynes bike mechanic Chaz Curry has a beguilingly simple solution for you, one that apparently works for all types of hydraulic brakes.
Brakes are bled to remove air from the system, but sometimes it can be tricky to tease those tiny bubbles to the top of the system where they can be removed.
This simple trick, for reasons that are slightly mysterious, helps this process, and along with a final bleed it can sort out spongy brakes.
Watch our video to get the lowdown, and let us know if it helps your bike stop the way it should!
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Haynes mechanic Chaz Curry has a tip for better braking
Matthew Loveridge (formerly Allen) is an experienced mechanic and an expert on bike tech who appreciates practical, beautifully-engineered things. Originally a roadie, he likes bikes and kit of every stripe, and he's tested a huge variety of both over the years for BikeRadar, Cycling Plus and others. For a long time Matthew's heart belonged to the Scott Addict, but he's currently enjoying Specialized's sublime Roubaix Expert and having a torrid affair with a Giant Trance e-MTB. At 174cm tall and 53kg, he looks like he should be better at cycling than he actually is, and he's ok with that.