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Brake Bleed Technique

I just finished bleeding the rear brake on my mountain bike. Because while the manual says that I ought to bleed them once a year, whether they need it or not, I find that mine actually need it about every two months or so. And y'know, I'm actually starting to enjoy working with latext gloves and vile DOT fluid and crappy consumer-grade syringes, so now I do it just for fun.

Right.

Anyway, I finally figured out the trick to nice, tight brakes after a bleed. Do everything else as normal. But before you remove the last (lever-side) syringe...

  1. Squeeze the lever-side syringe to pressurize the system
  2. Lock the pressure in by squeezing the brake lever
  3. Wrap the lever with a bungee to keep it squeezed.
  4. Remove the syringe
  5. Reinstall plug
  6. Remove bungee from brake lever

Until now, I've been unhapy with the results whenever I bleed my own brakes. This is the first time I feel like I hit the target. The next ride will tell the tale, but this is definitely an improvement over previous efforts.

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