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Sticky 105 brake. Help please.(4 posts)

Sticky 105 brake. Help please.rtyszko
Sep 4, 2002 7:01 AM
I've had my 105 group for 5 years now and it has started to get really difficult to brake (just one lever does this)but the shifter part of the same lever works fine. I recently flushed it with a degreaser and then put some lube in it but this didn't help much. Does this mean that it's heading for a permenant breakdown? Any help would be appreciated.

Bob T.
re: Sticky 105 brake. Help please.Rusty Coggs
Sep 4, 2002 7:30 AM
You may have jumped on the least probable cause of the problem. The lever works on a simple pivot.There are still cable,casing and calipers.Cable could be crudded or frayed, and is the easiest and cheapest first attempt at a fix.Are pads worn out?
Have you ever lubed the cables?retro
Sep 4, 2002 7:33 AM
If the same cables have been in there for five years, that could be the problem. Try loosening the cable at the brake, pull it out of the housing and lube it (almost anything greasy will work), then replace it. That's normal maintenance; probably should be done every year or two.
If you go to all that trouble, might as well use a new cable--they only cost a couple of dollars.
Right on. (nm)rtyszko
Sep 4, 2002 8:16 AM