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    noob brakes trouble

    I've been riding for a while(more consistently recently) and it's now time for some maintainance. My V-brakes started squeeling and loosing traction recently so i went to the LBS today after my ride and picked up a pair of Kool-Stop Eagles to see if i liked them. After trying to install them up front, i realized that i couldnt fit my tires in anymore
    so after that i tried sticking um on back, which fit, but it wouldnt stop the bike . so after that i adjust what i could, and still no luck. aside from that my front brakes(which i switched from the back) work fine except for the fact that it rubs on a certain spot of the wheel(which probably means its warped

    can someone please help me get these worked out?

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    easy fix, common problem

    deflate the tire, put the brakes in place, re-inflate tire. Jim

    BTW, you are releasing the cantilever cable at the crimped stopper aren't you? If not, that's the 1st thing to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carnage
    ... except for the fact that it rubs on a certain spot of the wheel(which probably means its warped

    can someone please help me get these worked out?
    This means that your rim is slightly out of true. This can be corrected at a LBS, or if you're feeling bold you can do it too. As far as the installation goes, make sure you're releasing the brake cable so it 'opens' the brake arms. This should be enough clearance for the tire to pass through when you install your wheel.

    Check out park's site for excellent (and free) repair advice:
    http://www.parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=21
    Good luck!

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    thanks for the linky turbo.
    as for deflating the tire, that is something i would rather avoid having to do on a constant basis because i constantly remove the wheels to fit the bike into the car(which is probably why the brakes arent working)

    and yes i have been releasing the brake line everytime i remove my tires and also for the repair. the problem is, when i release the brake arm it doesnt go as open as it used to because the pads are really thick

    thanks for the quick reply guys

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    Sometimes you can rearrange the spacers to get a little more room. You want smaller spacers between the brake pad and the brake arm. This will give you more room when you unhook the cable and spread the brake arms to remove the tire. If you cannot rearrange your spacers to do this, you can probably get some thinner ones at your bike shop.


    FRC

    PS You'll have to readjust the cable length after doing this.
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