Introduction: How to Fix Your Bike's Brakes.

About: Hello! My name is Bill Moody. I am a 13 year old boy from the USA. I am currently living in Vienna, Austria. My favorite hobby is programming. I am best in Java but I also know many other languages.

Are your bikes brakes to weak for safety? Biking without good brakes is a hazard for you and others around you and you can't do those cool drifts you know you love (At least I do :D). With this instructable, I will show you how to fix your bike's brakes with a multitool or a wrench.

Step 1: Resources

What you will need is a bike (I hope I didn't need to tell you that...) and a wrench or multi tool.

NOTE: This instructable only covers how to tighten loose brakes. If your brakes don't move, there isn't enough rubber on the pads, the wire is cut or some other problem, you should look elsewhere. 

DISCLAIMER: Just because I did it doesn't mean you will without messing up your bike. Whatever happens to your bike (except for tighter brakes :D) is not my fault.

Step 2: Checking the Brakes

Before you go ahead with the rest of my instructable, check to make sure your brakes are loose and need tightening. Perhaps they need another form of repair such as pad replacement or wire replacement. If are worn away or the wire is stuck, look elsewhere, if your brakes, however, just need tightening, continue.

Step 3: Finding and Loosening the Brake Screw

Pick a brake (Front or back) to start with. I chose the front for this instructable. Locate the screw I have linked in the image. It should be fairly similar to my image. Find a wrench that will fit it and loosen it but do not take it off or you will have a hard time later.

Step 4: Tightening

Pull on the wire to the desired brake strength. Be sure to spin the wheel after tightening the screw a bit to see if it squeaks. If it does, re-position the wire a bit. If it doesn't squeak, make sure the brakes make contact when you pull the brake handle. When you think its fixed, take the bike for a spin and see if this is what you wanted. If it is, tighten up the screw and either your done or you continue on to the next brake. 

Step 5: Good Brakes

If you followed my steps, your brakes should now be strong. Thank you for reading my first instructable and I hope to see you in others.
-Bill Moody

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