Author Topic: Front Brake Lever 'pull'  (Read 221 times)

Bucko

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Front Brake Lever 'pull'
« on: September 01, 2017, 02:23:59 PM »
The front brake lever on my 84 ascot was getting a bit 'soft'.  I did a full bleed and a small amount of air came out.  The 'pull' has firmed right up but the lever still travels a full two inches before it gets firm (measured from the handlebar to just where the ball at the end of the lever starts).   Anyone else have a similar experience?

J6G1Z

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Re: Front Brake Lever 'pull'
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2017, 03:50:45 PM »
Use a zip-tye to hold the lever back by about an inch & leave it overnight.

Check it the next day & see if it improves.

J.

Bucko

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Re: Front Brake Lever 'pull'
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2017, 11:00:31 PM »
I've tried the lever trick on multiple bikes over the years (including the ascot) and never had it improve anything.  I think it's a bit of an urban myth.

scott s

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Re: Front Brake Lever 'pull'
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2017, 04:32:59 AM »
 It's worked for me before, but only to get the last little bit of air out.

 Get one of the vacuum type brake bleeders. That "pulls" the fluid out/down towards the caliper vs. "pushing" the air down, so to speak. Once I learned to use mine properly, it makes brake bleeding easier and a one man job.