To change your road brake pads you will need:
Multi tool with hex keys (number 5)
New brake pads
– brake caliper
– brake arm
– brake pad
– brake lever
Tip: Use the left
/ right arrow keys
Undo your quick release on your brake.
Using your 5mm hex key, undo the bolts on the brake pads and then take them off.
Pushing the brake caliper arm against the rim with one hand, position the pad so that it’s not too far up touching the tyre, or too low, coming off the rim. Tighten the bolt here, now holding the brake pad in the correct position with one hand, taking care to make sure it doesn’t twist.
Brake pads are directional. Make sure you put the pad the right way up, and on the right side of the bike. They are usually labelled. It’s important that the pad doesn’t touch the tyre, as you can imagine what that would do to your tyre every time you braked! And if the pad is too low coming off the rim, it will wear unevenly and cause inefficient braking.
Repeat on the other side, then do up your quick release. You may find that the brakes are touching the rim now – you’ll have to loosen the cable slightly or if possible, use the barrel adjuster to slacken off the cable.
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