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One weird tip for better braking

Haynes mechanic Chaz Curry has a tip for better braking

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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Matthew Allen

Senior Technical Writer, UK
Former bike mechanic, builder of wheels, hub fetishist and lover of shiny things. Likes climbing a lot, but not as good at it as he looks.
  • Discipline: Road, with occasional MTB dalliances
  • Preferred Terrain: Long mountain climbs followed by high-speed descents (that he doesn't get to do nearly often enough), plus scaring himself off-road when he outruns his skill set.
  • Current Bikes: Scott Addict R3 2014, Focus Cayo Disc 2015, Niner RLT 9
  • Dream Bike: Something hideously expensive and custom with external cables and a threaded bottom bracket because screw you bike industry.
  • Beer of Choice: Cider, please. Thistly Cross from Scotland
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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