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How to Maintain and Adjust Drum Brakes

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Place Bike on Center Stand
How to Maintain and Adjust Drum Brakes

Bike on center stand

John H. Glimmerveen

Maintenance for drum brakes is usually restricted to cleaning the drums and shoes periodically, lubricating the lever pivot, and adjusting the cables. Cable adjustment can be made as and when required (as the lever starts to come too far back, for instance), while cleaning of the internals will normally be done during tire replacement.

To facilitate maintenance or brake adjustment, you should always place the bike onto its center stand.

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