Tektro V-brakes are powerful and inexpensive brakes favoured by commuter and touring cyclists. These types of bicycling, however, put heavy stress on brake pads, and more importantly, brake systems themselves. Keep your Tektro brakes working properly by keeping them in constant adjustment and alignment.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Metric hex key set
- Needle-nose pliers
Inspect your brake pads for proper alignment with the brake surface of the rim. If they are uneven, or make contact on the tire or rim body, loosen the brake pad bolt with a hex key.
Holding the brake pad in place with one hand, close the brake lever and align the brake pad with the rim. Hold the brake firmly closed and tighten the brake pad bolt.
Open and close the brake lever and watch the brake pads closely. Be sure that both brake pads contact the rim surface at the same time.
If one brake pad contacts the rim before the other, loosen the adjustment screw (usually found just below the return spring near the fork) of the brake that touches the rim first.
If the return spring of the first brake pad cannot be loosened any further, tighten the adjustment screw of the other pad. This will have the same effect.
Squeeze the brake lever and watch the brake pads closely. Be certain that the brake pads touch at the same time. If they do not, make more minute adjustments to the adjustment screws until they function properly.
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