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Fitting new brake units (2)

Fitting new brake units

Brake units usually last for years without complaint. Generally, the first thing to go will be the cover that protects and contains the spring. Spares for these are not generally available, but without the cover, the spring splays open under pressure rather than snapping the units briskly away from the rim. Replace units with broken spring covers; they cost barely more than a new set of brake blocks, which come supplied with the new units. ...

Fitting new V-brake units (3)

Fitting new V-brake units

V-brake units get very tired if you use them hard. Every time you pull and release the brakes, the units rotate around the pivots, bending then releasing the spring. The pivots and springs won’t last forever, particularly if you ride in muddy or dusty conditions. Simple, single-pivot types (like the Avid units in the pictures, or the Shimano Deore types) tend to last longer than those with a complex multipivot arrangement. ...