How to Fix Brakes on a Bike

How to Fix Brakes on a Bike
Several things can go wrong with your bike brakes. If they are not rubbing the rim the right way they can create an embarrassing squeaking sound, and they can wear out your tires if any part of the brake is catching the rubber. Then there are times when brakes simply wear out and need to be replaced. Whatever the reason, if your brakes need some work done you can do it with just a wrenchl.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Wrench
  • Wrench
Step 1
Look at the brakes and see if they are lined up with the rim correctly. If a corner is catching the tire, turn the brake until it is not. You can do this with your fingers, though you may need to loosen the bolt with a wrench to do so.
Step 2
Find the adjusting barrel, which holds the brake cable taut, and loosen it. On most bikes, this can be done with your fingers.
Step 3
Loosen the holding bolt, squeeze the brake pads together and pull the cable tight. Re-tighten the bolt. Make sure the cable is as taut as you can get it, and make sure you've tightened the bolt as much as possible.
Step 4
Replace the brakes if you are still having issues or if your brakes are not working. Bring in your old brakes to a bicycle shop and ask for a replacement of the same model.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

Don't Miss a Thing!

All our latest outdoor content delivered to your inbox once a week.



We promise to keep your email address safe and secure.