How to Install Brakes on a BMX Ride

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A BMX ride needs brakes that match the wheels. Discover how to install brakes on your BMX bike using this free video presented by a BMX expert.

Part of the Video Series: BMX Bike Maintenance
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Video Transcript

My name is John from Competitive Edge Cyclery, and I'm going to showing you how to install brakes on a BMX bike. Alright you're going to need a brake that matches the wheel, the brake, the setup that you have. There's a multitude of different types of brakes out there. This one happens to be a cantilever style brake and we're going to show you basically this brake goes on here like this and then we're going to tighten that down and then we're going to tighten the other one down as well. Okay, once we get these tightened down, we're going to have to adjust them. So, now you're going to need to add spring tension to this setup, so basically what we're going to do is figure out which way this turns in order to add tension, and it's going to be out this way. So, you're going to put a little bit of tension it there, and then tighten this nut and what that will do is give us some spring tension on that, and then I'm going to do that again on this side over here, and I want to try and match that pressure with the other one, and then once I get them tight, now I'm going to have to hook up the brake. The brake line comes up through here and then it goes through this hole here and then I'm going to want to put tension on it and tighten this down and then you're going to want to make sure that your brake is adjusted properly. Now it seems that we have too much tension on this spring, and not enough tension on this one. So, what I'm going to do is readjust that so that I can get proper tension on it by loosening this up again, and then tightening this, that will give us the tension that we need and there we go. Now, I'm going to make sure that that's good and tight so that we have a free floating brake, the proper lever control right here. Hopefully that's been helpful. Thank you.


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