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How to prevent front brake being applied during car travel?

PlyphonPlyphon Posts: 433
edited March 2012 in MTB workshop & tech
Bought my first MTB a week ago,

First time owning discs.

The dude at the LBS said "don't ever pull [the front brake] when the wheel is out".

Just read on here why - piston popping out and fluid going everywhere. Right.

Is there any way to prevent this during travel with my bike in the boot? I have to take the front out to fit it in.

I don't want the bike to shift during travel or me just plain not notice as I load it, have the front lever applied and fluid pisses everywhere in my car!

Would sticking a credit card in between the pads work?

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  • mar_kmar_k Posts: 323
    Place a pice of card between the pads?
    Or turn the handle bars so the levers are facing upwards and not able to be pulled
  • peter413peter413 Posts: 5,120
    You can get proper pad spacers that are specific to your brake so they stay put. I have a collection in the back of my car for all my different brakes.
  • andrewjosephandrewjoseph Posts: 2,165
    magnum lollipop stick and rubber band/thin strip of inner tube. Eat the magnum first.
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  • PlyphonPlyphon Posts: 433
    peter413 wrote:
    You can get proper pad spacers that are specific to your brake so they stay put. I have a collection in the back of my car for all my different brakes.


    interesting. ill look for the one for my brakes!
  • RIKORIKO Posts: 559
    Try asking at your local bike shop that's what I usually do they normally have a few kicking around
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    They come with bike as new and should be supplied with the bike. If it was not hen I guess the hop has a whole pile of them somewhere.
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  • DirtriderDirtrider Posts: 1,611
    piece of cardboard i use.

    Although, i have also used allen keys, dragged a mtb glove into the gap, urm, and lots of other methods.
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  • njee20njee20 Posts: 9,613
    Be careful?

    I always carry my bike in the bike of my car, often with friends bikes and I've never ever had any problems, perhaps twice I've had to get a flat screwdriver out the reopen the pads, but it's not the end of the world, don't worry too much about the apocalyptic warnings.
  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,599
    njee20 wrote:
    Be careful?

    I always carry my bike in the bike of my car, often with friends bikes and I've never ever had any problems, perhaps twice I've had to get a flat screwdriver out the reopen the pads, but it's not the end of the world, don't worry too much about the apocalyptic warnings.
    Especially if they come from Mayans.
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  • PlyphonPlyphon Posts: 433
    ahh im just gonna go down the jam somthing in there route i think.
  • spursn17spursn17 Posts: 284
    I use one of those plastic wedges that you use to space laminate flooring away from the wall.

    I've also used a 500ml plastic coke bottle wedged between the handlebars and the brake lever before.
  • stubsstubs Posts: 5,001
    Go back to bike shop they will have the right ones that came with the bike. If they are like my LBS they will try to charge you for them but then my LBS would probably try charge you for the air they have pumped into the suspension and tyres.
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  • GT_DaveGT_Dave Posts: 161
    I have a stack of beer mats in the boot, folded in half and jammed in there they work perfectly!

    Take them out before you wash the bike first though as its no fun trying to remove soggy beer mat from between your pads!!
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