If you have a bike with disc brakes, you probably enjoy how well they work in Seattle’s wet and muddy conditions. Whether on a road bike or mountain bike, disc brakes work in all kinds of weather, don’t wear out the wheel rims and have excellent braking power and smoothness.
Or maybe they don’t.
Maybe they grab and squeal loudly, or rub constantly, or don’t stop the bike as quickly as they used to. Or maybe they’ve been on the bike for a long time, and you think the brake pads must be shot. And now you have to take the bike into a shop and pay somebody to fix them, because they aren’t like regular rim brakes, and you think they’re really hard to work on.
There is an alternative to having someone else work on your disc brakes. Cascade has a new bike maintenance class focussed exclusively on disc brake inspection and adjustments. The scope, as the class description says, includes “Disc brake maintenance for mechanical and hydraulic bicycle brakes. We’ll cover cable adjustment, brake bleeding, lever positioning, caliper alignment, brake pad replacement and rotor inspection”. We’ll teach you everything from how to decide if you need brake pads, to subtle tweaks that keep your disc brakes working in tip-top condition.
The first class is at 6:30 p.m. on February 1, 2012, at the Cascade office on Sand Point Way. Sign up today and be on the road to disc brakes know-how.