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need help adjusting ultegra brakes(14 posts)

need help adjusting ultegra brakesjimmyihatetoregister
Mar 6, 2003 8:35 AM
Just got a new Zurich mail order. The brake calipers are adjusted so that they clamp down on the rims enough so the wheels don't spin--obviously too tight. How do I adjust them? I thought I would loosen the cable nut & let a little cable out, then tighten back up. I am not mechanically inclined but I need to make this adjustment in order to ride. THX
re: need help adjusting ultegra brakesrussw19
Mar 6, 2003 9:00 AM
Jimmy, check out this link... and if it helps you I would fully recommend you purchase Park's Tool School book. It isn't that expensive and will not only tell you how to do the repair, but also tell you what tools you need to do it too.

THX for the replyjimmyihatetoregister
Mar 6, 2003 11:11 AM
I had my old Pinarello for 12 yrs & probably never adjusted the calipers--just put new pads on. Here the cable seems to have been pulled too tight, basically squeezing the calipers shut. Moving the lever up moves the calipers out a little bit but not enough. I am not sure what to do with the barrel adjuster. I thought if i got the right advice I would not monkey around.
Ah yes, reminds me of the old adageMel Erickson
Mar 6, 2003 1:22 PM
Wrench for a man and he can ride for a day. Teach a man to wrench and he can ride for a lifetime.
re: I assume this is not a trollcyclopathic
Mar 6, 2003 9:04 AM
there's a barrel adjuster with locknut where cable housing stops and also a little lever. Use lever if not enough loose lock nut and twist barrel in. If not enough loose cable at bolt and re-tighten. Use cable attachment bolt only when barrel is all way in and lever is up.
re: I assume this is not a trollrussw19
Mar 6, 2003 9:25 AM
I know legit riders that haven't a clue how to work on their own bikes... glad I work at a shop, I get my cheeseburger funds from all of them....

Anyways, he could be new and really not know, or just wants to figure out how to do the job right instead of half-assed. Might as well direct them to the website that can help them and let them read to figure it out. Maybe they have the brake hanging on one side or the brakes aren't releasing becuase the pad is worn and hanging on the rim. Sometimes things aren't as simple as they seem, especially when it's a simple text message to a web page....

But I assumed not a troll and decided to help... if I am wrong, oh well, I just lost 5 minutes of my life playing on the web while watching TV before I go riding today...
Or how I would rather look at it is, I just helped this guy figure it out so he can go riding today too.

very nicely stated right on dudeabicirider
Mar 6, 2003 10:12 AM
re: I assume this is not a trolljimmyihatetoregister
Mar 6, 2003 10:30 AM
I am not sure what a troll is, other than a small ugly creature from children's literature..or a fishing trip. Its a legit question.
jimmy has hated to register here for awhile--not a troll nmJS Haiku Shop
Mar 6, 2003 11:21 AM
I suspect another problem53T
Mar 6, 2003 12:05 PM
Tell me more about this bike. In what state of assembly did it arrive at your home? What parts did you put on yourself? Are both brakes in the same situation?

I want to rule out any problems with the brake cable housing being improperly seated in the cable gides on the frame, or up at the lever housing. This can happen during shipment na dwill result in really tight brakes until the cable housing is put back in the right place. If you simply adjust the brakes (as others have explained how to do) the housing will eventually fall into place and your brakes will be too loose.
I suspect another problemjimmyihatetoregister
Mar 6, 2003 1:02 PM
Well, it came from Supergo. I put on the H-bars and that's about all. I think both brakes are in the same condition. Maybe the housing is hung up or stuck somewhere. I really appreciate this. I very rarely work on my bikes--maybe I should more but I'm not much of a wrench, be it around the house or on the bike.
i'm not mechanically inclined, either, but...JS Haiku Shop
Mar 6, 2003 1:13 PM
this is easy stuff. with a few basic tools and a good book (zinn and the art of road bike maintenance), you can do most anything on the bike. with a few more tools and some patience, you can do *anything*. doing this stuff on your own is a good way to get in touch with the bike, more familiar, and better prepared for problems when they occur on the road.

two years ago i was where you are, and now i'm able to do everything except press in a headset, for lack of a tool or the motivation to make a home-made press. the secrets seem to be patience, and not wrenching with beer.
Blasphemy!Mel Erickson
Mar 6, 2003 1:26 PM
Not wrenching with TOO much beer, or not wrenching with BAD beer but never NO beer.
:) i knew i liked you for some reason. nmJS Haiku Shop
Mar 6, 2003 1:30 PM