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Want to take rear wheel off my hybrid bike but the brake stops the wheel from coming out. How do you release the V brake mechanism so I can take the rear wheel off?

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Want to take rear wheel off my hybrid bike but the - 0638909.jpg Grab the cable tube in one hand and the brake mechanism with the other. push the brake mechanism inward and then pull the cable tube out and away.


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Once they are separated, the V brakes will have enough space between them to clear the width of the wheel. Make sure you put the brake back together after reinstalling your wheel. Your brake would not work at all if you didn't.

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