Bicycle TutorBicycle Tutor

Show off your bike!

Related video tutorials:
Rear Brake lever won't pull
I squeeze and squeeze on the rear (LHS) brake lever - it won't budge! I feel I am going to snap it. Any advice? I have tried WD40 - hasn't worked. Allen key holes looked worn down, so I doubt I can ever restore this bike. Shame really. I love it - 1980's Raleigh Pioneer commuter style and so much lighter than my 20 year old mountain bike.
Oh, and I am such a newb to bike mechanics...
Many thanks,

Try pushing your brake arms together to make the pads touch the rim. If they don't then you'll know the brake itself is seized. If the brake moves freely then I'm guessing it's a problem with the cable. You could try lubing the cables to get it working, but if it isn't moving at all then the cable is likely seized and you should replace both the inner cable and housing.


Possibly Related Threads...
Thread Author Replies Views Last Post
  Side pull caliper brakes malfunctioning? Psylock1045 6 7,459 05-04-2015, 06:22 PM
Last Post: DaveM
  Tektro gemi rear brake noise help dogfish12 3 4,954 03-20-2015, 09:44 PM
Last Post: dogfish12
  At Brake Lever on Handlebars... Adjuster JanJ 15 7,657 01-11-2015, 03:54 PM
Last Post: JanJ
  Suggestions on fixing / changing this rear brake [pics included] Ivo 2 2,827 08-18-2014, 08:31 AM
Last Post: Ivo
  I disassembled my dual pivot side-pull and can't put it back together! Karamazovs 6 5,562 03-20-2014, 07:17 AM
Last Post: Karamazovs
  Brake lever spring sab456 8 11,320 10-10-2013, 10:49 AM
Last Post: sab456
  Linear Pull brake help gofasts-10 6 8,752 09-23-2013, 12:49 AM
Last Post: docB
  Hydralic disc brake lever pull Adrian888 2 5,513 08-30-2013, 05:21 AM
Last Post: Adrian888
  Loose brake lever krisplank 7 13,770 08-28-2013, 03:05 PM
Last Post: sidmarx
  Rear hydraulic brake seizing pls4490 11 13,403 07-15-2013, 08:52 PM
Last Post: pls4490

Forum Jump:

ISSN 1918-3445 © Copyright 2007-2010 Bicycle Tutor / Privacy Policy / Created by Alex Ramon