• Hi,

    New to site so please bear with me on what may be an obvious problem but been looking for a while and have found some great advise whilst building my first fixed gear bike up.

    I have everything built but on the sidepull front brake (Tektro 984 front, needed long reach) I notice that one side stays close with the pad touching the wheel rim after you pull the lever. This rubs against and prevents it from spinning freely.

    Has anyone had this with a sidepull and is there an easy fix?

    Cheers, Jason

  • yeah happens all the time. just fiddle with the main bolt that goes through the fork, maybe centre it and tighten a little till its not doing it. as soon as you get going anyway you will never feel that tiny little bit of drag.

  • Yer best bet is to pull the brake lever full on while yer tighten the bolt.

    Have yer got a centering adjuster on the brake arm?

  • here:


    everything you always wanted to know about side pull brakes*
    *but were not afraid to ask

  • Thanks for the advice guys, will give it a go later.

    No centering adjuster but Park Tools looks detailed enough.

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Help needed with Tektro Side Pull front brake - newbie

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