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    confused with new disc brakes :/

    i have a new Cannondale F5 that came with the Avid BB5 disc brakes and i have a lot of noise with a little bit of stopping power. i know this stuff comes up frequently, sorry, i just havent found anything that helps me greatly. so...
    - Is the outside pad supposed to be all the way in and not visible?
    - If i take my tire off and put it back on, or just adjust it, i can either gain, Or lose the scraping noise, is that normal?
    - when adjusted as far as it goes without the sound, my brakes dont even graze the disc until i pull the brake lever at least half way in, is that normal?

    any ideas, hints, tips, or answers? thank you very much. Sorry for being so new, gotta start somewhere.

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    sorry, didnt mean to post twice

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    - Is the outside pad supposed to be all the way in and not visible?
    I'll answer that one for you. No it is not. That pad should be visible or else you are rubbing your rotor on the metal and plastic of the caliper. Adjust that pad till it sits about a business cards width from the rotor without rubbing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kona0197
    I'll answer that one for you. No it is not. That pad should be visible or else you are rubbing your rotor on the metal and plastic of the caliper. Adjust that pad till it sits about a business cards width from the rotor without rubbing.
    i would... but, there is nowhere to adjust the outside pad, only the inside one. The BB7 has an outside adjusting knob, but my BB5 doesn't. Unless you know a way of adjusting the outside

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    use the barrel adjuster on your lever or the cable stop part of the caliper - it's the same way you adjust V brake pad clearance.

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    Sorry I was talking about the inner pad near the spokes...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kona0197
    Sorry I was talking about the inner pad near the spokes...
    not a problem, thanks for the input

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    Quote Originally Posted by vk45de
    use the barrel adjuster on your lever or the cable stop part of the caliper - it's the same way you adjust V brake pad clearance.
    sorry, i really am a noob, for now, but is the cable stop part of the caliper the part that rotates when you apply the brakes?

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    Nope. He is talking about the part of your brake lever where the black housing comes out - there is a adjuster there that can be screwed out or in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattdorner
    sorry, i really am a noob, for now, but is the cable stop part of the caliper the part that rotates when you apply the brakes?
    You had a 50/50 chance of getting it right but no, it's the part that stay stationery. Here it is:

    The barrel adjuster is the black part, it's supposed to be on the lever and caliper.

    Here it is on the caliper:


    You can also loosen the cable on the rotating part to adjust too but do that after you know what's going on

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