How to Adjust BMX Bike Brakes

    Disconnect your brake cable from the brake arm. Unscrew the lock on the cable using your hand. Pull the cable out of the housing.

    Loosen the 5mm bolt from the spring housing using an Allen wrench.

    Turn the spring housing in the direction that spreads the brake pads away from the rim. Turn the spring housing until you push the pad to the rim it and let go, it springs back from the rim.

    Tighten the spring housing using an Allen wrench until it stays open.

    Return the brake cable to the brake arm. Pull the cable through to the other side of the brake arm and spin the lock into place using your hand.

    Set the cable adjuster at halfway. Spin the knob on the side of the brake system, and seat it in the center position.

    Loosen the spring housing with an Allen wrench. Push the brake arms down to the rim using your hands. The brake pads should be even and parallel with the rim.

    Pull the cable away from the cable pincher, and tighten it using a pair of pliers. Loosen the barrel adjuster if the brakes are too tight.

Things Needed

  • Pliers
  • 5mm Allen wrench

About the Author

David Shaw has been writing professionally since 2006. He has featured music-related articles in "Connections" and "Axis Magazine." Shaw attended Florida State University where he majored in communications and he was granted a certificate of completion from Full Sail Real World Education for the recording arts program.