Help with brakes

Bwgan Posts: 389
edited September 2013 in Workshop

I bought some carbon wheels last week and I'm currently putting them on my bike ahead of tomorrow nights TT.

I have changed the Swiss stop pads for some carbon friendly pads, but the are a lot thicker than the SS ones so I have had to loosen the brake cable slightly. The wheels now spin freely, and stop when I apply the brakes, but the callipers aren't opening fully as before!. Anyone got any ideas?

Callipers are Tiagra 4400



  • crescent
    crescent Posts: 1,201
    Only thing I can think of is that the calipers are operating in a segment of the mechanism they haven't worked in before and the two sections are fouling on each other. I would suggest stripping the caliper and making sure everything is clean, lubricated and tight and see if full travel is returned.
    I'm no expert but hope this helps.
    Bianchi ImpulsoBMC Teammachine SLR02 01Trek Domane AL3“When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race. “ ~H.G. Wells Edit - "Unless it's a BMX"
  • Bwgan
    Bwgan Posts: 389
    I'm a tw@t!

    Because the bike is upside down the levers were biting the carpet, preventing the brakes from fully releasing!

    Many thanks for the reply crescent!
  • kajjal
    kajjal Posts: 3,380
    Quality :)

    That is like me levelling my saddle with a spirit level when my bike was on a slope. As soon as the bike was on level ground the saddle was pointing down a fair bit :(
  • Bwgan
    Bwgan Posts: 389
    Good work!

    They're not mistakes, they are learns! Lol