how to adjust brakes on bike

  1. Check your brake pads before you make any adjustments. …
  2. Squeeze the brake lever to see where the pads hit the rim. …
  3. Use an Allen wrench to loosen the bolts holding the brake pads in place. …
  4. Move the brake pads up or down in the brake pad holder. …
  5. Re-tighten the brake pad bolts with the Allen wrench.


Check your brake pads before you make any adjustments. The brake pads are the pads that clamp down on the front tire of your bike when you pull the brake lever. If the brake pads are worn down past the line labeled “wear line,” you’ll need to replace them before you make adjustments to your brakes.[1]

  • If the wear lines on your brake pads aren’t labeled, they should be marked by grooves on the side of the pads instead.
  • You can order new brake pads online or pick some up at your local bike shop.

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