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Bicycle caliper brake screech

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Most cases of screeching rim brakes are due to poor brake block set-up.
Set the brake blocks so that the front of the blocks contacts the rim just before the rest of the block. You can do this by placing a thin piece of card between the back of the block and the rim when positioning the block.
Visit You Tube and type in "set up bicycle brake blocks" to see a variety of helpful videos. The ones from GCN are particularly useful.

Posted on May 07, 2016

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It needs a kind of greeze or oil on the parts that are screeching.

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  • Donald Ayers-Marsh May 07, 2016

    No, that's wrong. The last thing one should put on brake shoes (which are always what screeches) is any type of lubricant. I should add that in addition to "toe in" mentioned above brakes can squeak due to hardened brake shoes/pads (the proper term, not blocks) loose brake pivots or contaminants in the pads or on the rim.

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    Geoff White May 07, 2016

    Agree with Don, you don't put grease or oil on your brakes.

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