Spongy brakes

cmhill79 Posts: 138
edited May 2014 in Road general
Hi Folks

Having issues with spongy front brakes. They seem a little soft on braking and getting some vibration. It's a new bike so pads and rims are not worn at all.

LBS suggested lightly sanding the brake pads and rims - anyone heard of this before?



  • lawrences
    lawrences Posts: 1,011
    Cables stretch a bit when they are new. You might want to just tighten the cables up.
  • BrandonA
    BrandonA Posts: 553
    What sort of pads and rims have you got? I ask as some can take time to bed in.
  • mfin
    mfin Posts: 6,729
    Also, how heavy are you? A light person won't experience what a heavy person does as they don't need as much in the way of braking forces. (same with kid's bikes, the brakes don't have to be very powerful for small kids)
  • DavidJB
    DavidJB Posts: 2,019
    Not sure about your problem but the title made me thing of sponge cakes and now I'm hungry :(
  • simonj
    simonj Posts: 346
    I've never heard of sanding rims and it's certainly nothing I'd want done to my rims.
  • Initialised
    Initialised Posts: 3,047
    Have you bled them?
    I used to just ride my bike to work but now I find myself going out looking for bigger and bigger hills.