Front brake Judders

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Mattyhew, 13 May 2010.

  1. Mattyhew

    Mattyhew New Member

    Hello !

    So on my way to work this morning I had to break very had to miss an idiot in a car pulling out on me, how he missed some one my size in florescent yellow I will never know !
    Anyways while breaking my front wheel started juddering like mad, managed to get the bike to a stop pre the side of the car but its un nerved me a little!!

    Looking on the web it looks like I need to adjust the toe in on the front breaks to stop this, i'm happy to do this myself just wondered if any of you lovely people had any advise or tips on getting this right ?

  2. WJHall

    WJHall Über Member

    It might also be worth checking the front wheel bearing and headset adjustment.

    I recently had a judder problem develop, and found that both were looser than I thought desirable, although I have not resolved which caused the judder. The wheel bearings seemed to cure most of it, later I found the loose headset. A useful reminder that it is worth checking the whole range of possible causes.
  3. accountantpete

    accountantpete Legendary Member

    I think it was more likely to have one or more of the following.

    1.Play in the headset.

    2.Rim is dirty causing brake grab.

    3.Wheel rim out of true.

    4.Caliper brakes not aligned centrally.

    Have a quick check on these first.
  4. OP

    Mattyhew New Member

    :biggrin: Fantastic ! Thanks all, i will have a look at lunch or tonight see what i can do !!

  5. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    5.Squirrel caught in spokes.
  6. OP

    Mattyhew New Member


    if i add another Squirrel will that balance out the first one ??
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