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How do i change my brake pads?

Level of difficulty: easy
Time required: less than 5 minutes


Tools required: Allen key (hex key)


Vocabulary:

V-brake: “V-brakes” are the type of brakes used on most bikes. The system comprises 2 break calipers with 2 pads that come into contact with the rim of the wheel. The contact between the brake pad and the wheel rim brings the bike to a stop.


Brake pad: Break pads are the part of the brake system that comes into contact with the rim of a wheel to bring it to a stop. Break pads apply pressure directly on the wheel rim to stop the bike, so they wear down over time. If your bike doesn’t brake properly, it could be that your brake pads are worn down. Brake pads must be checked regularly and changed if they are too worn to work effectively.


Allen key: An Allen key is a hexagonal (6 sided) shaped tool that will enable you to loosen and tighten screws, or in this case your brake pad.


Ho do I know if I need to change my brake pads?
A quick inspection of the wear indicators on your brake pads will tell you what condition they are in. Most brake pads have small grooves (lines) that become less visible with wear. If your brake pads are completely smooth, then it’s time to change them.


If you can still see the grooves, but your bike isn’t braking properly, check to see if the pads are correctly positioned close to the rim and also check to see if your wheel is warped. If neither of these is the case, worn brake pads might be the cause of your braking problems.


Removing a brake pad

Brake pads are made up of a black part that comes into contact with the wheel and a metal part that connects it to the rest of the brake system (caliper). Use an Allen key to unscrew the metal part and remove the brake pad.


Pay attention to which washers go where on each side of the metal part. These washers prevent the brake from being damaged and help hold it securely in place. Put your new brake pads on and put the washers back on in the correct order.

Mounting a new brake pad.

Brake pads can vary, depending on the type of bike you have. Racing bikes, town bikes and all-terrain bikes all have different specifications. We recommend you replace your old brake pads with new ones that are the same brand and shape or ask a sales assistant if the brake pad you have chosen is compatible with the ones you have.


Mount your brake pads in exactly the same way as your old ones and don’t forget to put the washers on. Make sure your brake pads are parallel to the wheel rim (so that they make contact with the flat braking surface and not the tyre or below the rim). Once mounted and correctly positioned, screw tightly into place (without forcing).

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