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Loss of brake cable tension
#1
Hi all,

New member here, been looking to join a cycling forum for some time.

Essentially, I have a problem I have just noticed while refitting my rear wheel after repairing an innertube.

I have tried aligning the rear wheel to make sure there is no rub from the brake pads & that there was no obvious slant. I then applied the brakes and they wouldn't release the wheel. When trying to figure out why I felt the cable on the underside of the crossbar and felt a definite drop in tension. Is there a way to remedy this with simple tools before I get on the bike to ride to work in the morning?

The bike in question is a 2010 Specialized Secteur with the Shimano 105 gears & headset.

Any help at this time of the night would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks
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#2
try taking the wheel off again and latch your brakes and make sure your cables are seated correctly
test the brake movement {without the wheel on}. and see if they function properly.if they do try and put your wheel on again
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#3
(04-27-2011, 01:10 AM)painkiller Wrote:  try taking the wheel off again and latch your brakes and make sure your cables are seated correctly
test the brake movement {without the wheel on}. and see if they function properly.if they do try and put your wheel on again

Thanks, have tried this but no luck. I have tried shortening the cable with the lever both on and off but still getting no luck. The cable gets tightened, I set it, then you pull the lever and the cable just goes very flimsy on the stretch between the headset and the saddle (underside of the crossbar).

I can't get it to open the brakes again once you let go of the lever. Very frustrating, so I'll probably have to get a professional to look at it.
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#4
Make sure the end of the brake cable is seated properly in the tension adjuster and on the brake lever. I had this happen to me and seating the cable correctly fixed the problem. It's easy to overlook if the cable has been loosened.
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#5
sometimes this happens because of a fray in the cable binding in housing. pull cable from housing and inspect it, also inspect the cable end caps for wear
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