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    New to site, anyone on the West Valley that can help me bleed my brakes?

    My name is Fernando, I am new to the site as well as somewhat to the sport. I have been riding a Trek 4300 and just recently purchased a Santa Cruze Superlight (craigslist). I need to bleed my brakes, is there anyone in the West valley that would be willing to help me out (not charge)? I have Avid Juicy 7's on my bike. My back & front rotor are rubbing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nando87 View Post
    My name is Fernando, I am new to the site as well as somewhat to the sport. I have been riding a Trek 4300 and just recently purchased a Santa Cruze Superlight (craigslist). I need to bleed my brakes, is there anyone in the West valley that would be willing to help me out (not charge)? I have Avid Juicy 7's on my bike. My back & front rotor are rubbing.

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    Are you sure they need to be bleed? If they are rubbing, you might just need to adjust (center) them.
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    That might be what i need to do, i just printed out the manual for them. I don't see anything about Centering the pads though.

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    Loosen the caliper bolts, depress and hold the brake lever while you retighten the bolts. 90% of the time, it works every time.

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    Great! thank you for your help!

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    When you retighten the bolts, just tighten one in small increments-maybe a half turn and alternate between the two bolts with each half turn. This can help prevent the calipers from getting turned slightly.

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    Thanks for the advice! Greatly appreciate it!

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    Nando, welcome. I am rather new here but not to riding. In fact I am probably one of the older riders here.
    All and all good bunch. Expect those with the HIGH REP POINTS!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AzMntBkr1 View Post
    Nando, welcome. I am rather new here but not to riding. In fact I am probably one of the older riders here.
    All and all good bunch. Expect those with the HIGH REP POINTS!
    Don't ask! They won't tell! I think they wear pink!
    Just kidding!
    Thanks for the advise! I am confused about this whole "rep points" deal. But good to know

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    Quote Originally Posted by nando87 View Post
    My name is Fernando, I am new to the site as well as somewhat to the sport. I have been riding a Trek 4300 and just recently purchased a Santa Cruze Superlight (craigslist). I need to bleed my brakes, is there anyone in the West valley that would be willing to help me out (not charge)? I have Avid Juicy 7's on my bike. My back & front rotor are rubbing.

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    rotors rubbing typically indicate the brakes need to be adjusted , not bled. Bleeding is done typically to eliminate air in the lines . I do not believe that having air in the lines will cause rotors to rub ; correct me if im wrong. So do what everyone else has suggested and it will most likely fix the rubbing issue. -- loosen the frame mounting bolts on your brake calipers ( should only be 2 ) so that the brake can easily move side to side / front to back . with it loose, pull the brake lever all the way down engaging the brakes. the brake should now be clamped onto the rotor . while still holding the lever down -- tighten the bolts down to the frame -- doing small turns on either side and switching bolts between turns ( right bolt quarter turn, left bolt quarter turn, right bolt --until both are tightened) -- torque to spec ( if you have torque wrench ) let go of lever , spin the wheel, assuming that your wheel is mounted straight, and your rotors are not bent/warped , the disc should not rub anymore -- repeat on other brake .. ride

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    It turns out that it was the metal spring that goes between the pads, a side was bent and causing a missalignment of the pads and one side was scraping the rotor. Thanks everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nando87 View Post
    It turns out that it was the metal spring that goes between the pads, a side was bent and causing a missalignment of the pads and one side was scraping the rotor. Thanks everyone!
    that will do it too! glad you figured it out successfully

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    90% of the time, it works every time.
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