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Bike Repair Tip – Disc Brake Quick Adjust

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Video – Simple Disc Brake Adjustment

One lesson we as bike riders learn very quickly is basic bike repair knowledge is essential or at least you need to have a “can do attitude” when it comes to minor bike repairs or adjustments…

Breaking down and limping home on a damaged mountain bike is all part of riding, but if you have the time I suggest you invest in your own knowledge base and complete some kind of course on bike maintenance

Learn basic bike repair skills before you need them, don’t get stuck on the side of the trail with a broken bike…



A rubbing disc brake rotor can range from minor annoyance to safety issue. Luckily, there’s a quick fix that works on hydraulic and mechanical disc brakes alike. This clever technique uses the caliper to center itself around the rotor, letting you continue your ride in peace.

1. Make sure your wheel is square and secure in the dropouts, and that your rotor is true, before making any adjustments.

2. Loosen the two 5mm caliper mounting bolts so the caliper is free to move.

3. Squeeze and hold the brake lever as you re-tighten the caliper bolts.

4. Give the wheel a spin and marvel at your silent brake! diamondback.com


Simple fixes are embarrassingly easy to solve once you have been shown how to do it!

And those simple fixes are often all you need to keep your bike going in most cases until you get it back to your bike mechanic or better still your own workshop in your garage or basement.

About the Author Ian

Ian is the Chief editor here at OnlineBikesShop, a reformed Cycle Traveler... now a dedicated stay-at-home dad of a very active 3 yr old, a keen mountain biker with a passion for all types of bikes, the outdoors, and keeping fit...

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