…ON. That is the first thing to say, my brakes work, they just jam on when I use them.
This winter seems to have been the wettest, muddiest on record. The roads are still covered in mush and it has never been cold enough here in Manchester to break it down, or maybe the council just never sweeps it up. As such my bike is always covered in a build up of fine mud, even though I regularly scrub it off.
My main concern is my back brake. The spray off my wheel works its way into the calliper and just jams it up. It will engage but once there it will not flex back, it just grinds against the rim, wasting my pads and slowing me down.
Needless to say I have stopped using it unless I need to do an emergency stop or can reach down at a set of lights to flick the pads away. I mainly use the front brake as I am right handed anyway but even that is now not as responsive and I have caught it hissing and grinding recently.
I have tried removing the calipers and giving them a good bath in hot soapy water. This does help, but quite quickly the back brake freezes up again when out in the wild. I don’t have time to be removing and washing these every day, but the mud doesn't go away.
I had a similar problem with another pair of calipers in the past, which I just had to replace and bin in the end. These are just six months old.
Has anyone suffered from this problem? Have you got any suggestions as to how I can get some flexation back into my brake and keep it there despite the weather?