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shaun mc

TRL Helpdesk - Squealing Bike Brakes

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I have a hybrid bicycle - a Kona Dew FS.

These are fitted with disc brakes, but with anything other than light braking, they make an absolute racket.

Any ideas on how to stop it?

I've tried giving them a good clean - didn't work.

The bike has been in for a service recently and I asked them to look at the brakes for the squealing, but they haven't solved it either.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Try getting some new pads, if they've got any oil or contamination on them they make a right din, no good cleaning them as the material is porous so it absorbs oil straight in. You can get them fairly cheap off eBay, get a spare set and if it starts again just swap them.

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It means your bike is possessed by Satan.

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Pads are done for. Might get away with lightly rubbing them with sand paper, but as mentioned above, probably easier to replace.

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One thing someone who knows about bikes told me to do as a way of stopping squeaking brakes (that are fine otherwise) was to use white spirit to wipe the wheel rims. This takes away the grit there that might be part of the problem. Worked for me and didn't affect the brakes.

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It means your bike is possessed by Satan.

 

One thing someone who knows about bikes told me to do as a way of stopping squeaking brakes (that are fine otherwise) was to use white spirit to wipe the wheel rims. This takes away the grit there that might be part of the problem. Worked for me and didn't affect the brakes.

Possessed? Spirits?

 

Have you been watching Scooby Doo again?

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Possessed? Spirits?

 

Have you been watching Scooby Doo again?

I would have got away with but for you, Meddling Hindle.

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I would have got away with but for you, Meddling Hindle.

Zoinks. :scare:

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