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Do-It-Yourself Bike Tune-Up: A 5-Step Checklist

  • By Aaron Hersh
  • Published Nov 28, 2012
  • Updated Feb 19, 2013 at 11:30 AM UTC


Center the brakes.
Loosen the 5mm bolt securing the brake caliper to the frame and reposition the caliper so the brake pads are roughly evenly spaced on either side of the rim. Retighten the bolt. Most calipers have a micro-adjuster bolt on top of the brake arm. Use a wrench to screw this bolt in or out to finely adjust the pad position until they are evenly spaced on either side of the rim.

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Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh is the Senior Tech Editor of Triathlete magazine. To submit a question, write Aaron at Ahersh@competitorgroup.com.

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