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Sticky v-brakes

hans2

Chimp
Jul 26, 2002
99
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Boston
I'm rebuilding a friend's winter beater bike. The rear v-brake is pissing me off. The arms aren't retracting well. I've replaced the cable, housing and noodle. I took the arms off, lubed the posts, and made sure the springs were firmly in the holes. I've tried each of the three spring mounting holes in the brake posts. The springs are rusted to hell. Could they just be shot?
 

Dartman

Old Bastard Mike
Feb 26, 2003
3,916
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Richmond, VA
The pivots could be hosed. Some early V-brakes were made to come apart at the pivot. Others were "pressed" in or swaged. Try shooting some lube into the pivot or bend the springs outward slightly.

Mike
 

SD_TMTB

Chimp
Jun 26, 2005
92
0
Raleigh, NC
is the lever not retracting well? that could posibly be contributing, but if you have replaced the cables and sutch then you would have probably noticed already.