How To Remove Front Brakes From A Bike

Last Updated on April 22, 2020

This guide has been written by cycling review expert Alex Bristol

Last Updated on April 22, 2020

Why do you need to remove the front brakes of a bike?

After the question of why you need to remove the front brakes, comes how to remove the front brakes from a bike? Many skilled riders, initially, remove the front brakes of the bike because they want to practice and enhance their skill of stopping the bike faster than the unexperienced riders.

Now we come to the next question of how to remove the front brakes; when we are removing the front brakes from a bicycle, the brake shoes should be cleared. For this, you may find a tab or a button present on the brake lever. A few times, you will come across a quick release lever present on the brake, consisting of a center pull brake. Often times, you will see a quick release on the cable hanger. It might be a little hard to pull up on the yoke and transverse, so you will need to use your hand instead of the lever.

What you need to do for removing the front brakes?

There is a direct pull brake in the front which is called the V brake. By disconnecting the part which is known as the noodle, it gets release by this brake. The cantilever brakes, traditionally, have a cable that can be detached easily. The slotted cable can be loosened sometimes, in order to be adjusted and aligned in the slots. This way you can unlock the nut and pull out the housing cable.

What do you need to remove the brakes?

First of all, you need to have the widest array of tools. This includes the ten millimeter wrench and an allen key set. The reason behind using the entire set is because you will need both, 5mm and 2.5mm wrench for removing the brakes. The brake levers present have a hinge and so you have to remove this 5 millimeter bolt on the backside and simply unhinge the brake lever. Unlike the old ages, you will not have to remove the grip and the bar. The cable lever can be removed easily as it is present only on the inside. It is just a piece of wire that keeps the bike in place.

Knowledge you need to have while removing:

There is a straddle installed at the bottom of the lever. It is basically a bolt with a hole in it. You will also find a nut underneath which you will have to tighten up. When you loosen this straddle, then it becomes easier for you to remove the wire inside it.

However, most of the times, when people have removed the front brakes they end up regretting their decision. This is because when they ride their bike without front brakes, they face a lot of security problems. A lot of times people have complained about sudden jerks and injurious accidents. Even the skilled riders who know how to do their job, avoid removing brakes.


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