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post #1 of 41 Old 05-06-2010, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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I was waiting at a right turn only light on the way to work. The woman ahead of me turned when the light turned green, and slammed on her brakes halfway thru the turn. No idea why. Front tire hit her bumper (I braked as much as I could and went down on the right side). My fault, I guess. Nice guy helped me get the bike back up. Pulled over to check for damage. The crash bars saved the coolant reservoir. The front cowling (green) got pretty thoroughly cracked on the right side. Went to walgreens for duct tape and "repaired" that. The bike doesn't seem to be damaged in any other way except for one weird thing. The rear brake is making a more pronounced grinding noise under pressure, and seems to be dragging a little with the wheel off the ground - or I'm tripping. The rear brake caliper is a little loose, but I can't tell where or how - not the main attach bolts. The weird part is that I don't think any part of the brake system took a hit? The rotor looks true. No scrapes on any of the caliper parts. Little scrape on the rear axle bolt. The rear brake might have taken a little bit of the brunt. But it looks OK. Any ideas?

Oh yeah, I'm fine. Little duct tape fixed me right up.




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Glad you're okay. Could the brake lever bracket be cracked? I know it's on the other side of the bike but is it possible the chain guard is rubbing a little? That can distort very easily and rub on the chain and make a grinding noise. It's possible you may have bent it trying to save the bike. Just a thought.
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The bike fell on the right side...I didn't see any cracks. I should have mentioned. I did hit the kill switch while going 25mph or so to check things out and try to determine where the noise was coming from. No grinding noise noticeable until the rear brake was applied.




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As you know, there are two brake pads in the rear assembly. Look at the diagram, and see the pad circled. It slips into the area beyond the arrow. It can "cock" itself so that it hangs up. You should be able to view the pad from the rear of the bike. There is nothing to retain this pad in position other than Karma. It floats at will.

Glad it was an incident you rode away from. From this point forward, you are restricted from further altercations involving automobiles and / or asphalt. Failure to comply could be painful.


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Lockjaw,

sorry to hear about your luck. Glad to hear your ok
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As you know, there are two brake pads in the rear assembly. Look at the diagram, and see the pad circled. It slips into the area beyond the arrow. It can "cock" itself so that it hangs up. You should be able to view the pad from the rear of the bike. There is nothing to retain this pad in position other than Karma. It floats at will.

Glad it was an incident you rode away from. From this point forward, you are restricted from further altercations involving automobiles and / or asphalt. Failure to comply could be painful.

Arg! I can't see pictures on my work computer. Any chance you could email me the pic so I can check it out before I ride home? [email protected]

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And thanks for the well wishes guys. Could have been a lot uglier.




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Arg! I can't see pictures on my work computer. Any chance you could email me the pic so I can check it out before I ride home? [email protected]

Thanks man


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Gracias.




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maybe you should take the training wheels off Frankie's bike, and put them on yours?

If you still are having a problem with the bike let me know, and I will load up, and come down and look at it. Vatrader may have hit the nail on the head. I could walk you through it too. Just remove the caliper, and reset the pad.

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Dude! Sorry to hear about that. Don't do it again, OK?

If there is a grinding noise when the pads are applied, you might want to pull the pads and shake them off/blow the caliper out, just in case some grit got lodged in there. Otherwise, what vatrader said.

The plastics are ABS, so ABS cement from the hardware store should work if you need to glue things back together.

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