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03-15-2008, 01:11 PM #1
Avid Hydro Brake Question...To Bleed or Not to Bleed?
My x.7 brakes on my 575 were working great at the end of the fall, newish pads, perfectly bedded in, no more annoying turkey-gobble sound...I was very happy with them.
I moved into our new house a few weeks ago, and in the spirit of re-organizing everything, I now hang my bike from the ceiling via a hook through the front wheel. I was warned that this could make any air bubbles in hydraulic system rise to the top and fuck my shit up. I didn't believe. I do now.
So now both levers come all the way back to the bars. So, do I have to bleed them? Can I open the resevoir at the levers and burb the air out? Can I just top the sytem off with more fluid?
As I've mentioned here on the Sprockets forum before: I'm a clueless goon when it comes to bike maintance. I also detest paying some stoney kid $50/hour to wrench on my shit. So help me out. Thanks.
03-15-2008, 01:15 PM #2
Why don't you just go to a mechanic that isn't some stoner kid.
I charge 30 bucks for juicy bleed.
03-15-2008, 02:05 PM #3
buy the avid bleed kit for ~40 bucks. the directions are easy to follow. plus, you'll be able to bleed them for basically nothing (<5 bucks for more DOT fluid) in the future. i just did it and was successful on the first try. you can do it!Dude chill its the padded room. -AKPM
03-15-2008, 02:37 PM #4
it's not the stoner part of the equation that I have a problem with...it's the cash.
so $30 for a mechanic to bleed my brakes...that sounds about right...but like House says...if it's $40 for the kit maybe I should do it myself. Not that hard? Avid Hydros use DOT fluid? So do I need to bleed?
If I hang the bike back up from it's rear tire maybe the bubbles will go back and I won't have to do shit? Stupid idea?
03-15-2008, 04:44 PM #5I'm so hardcore, I'm gnarcore.
03-15-2008, 06:39 PM #6
The bleed kit should be less than 40 bucks...
The kit itself is idiot proof basically, if you can operate a syringe you can bleed your brakes.
03-16-2008, 06:43 AM #7Registered User
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Might as well try this first, since cost is $0.
03-16-2008, 07:49 AM #8
I have the Avid bleed kit, and it's a bit finicky. Search here on it -- I posted in a thread (or maybe started a thread) about how to bleed the brakes, and there's some good responses in there.
While I was able to get the lever feel back to acceptable on my bike, it's still not as nice as the lever feel on Mrs. C.'s bike, and both have the same Avid hydro brakes. Her bike just hasn't been messed with.
03-16-2008, 08:42 AM #9The coefficent of desireability is inversly proportionate to the degree of availability.
03-16-2008, 10:32 AM #10
$25 + shipping.
they are a bit harder then an hayes, but not too bad if you follow instructions
03-16-2008, 08:53 PM #11
im pretty much a bike jong, but i helped my friend bleed his stumpy's juicy 7s, really easy.
really would recommend doing yourself, we did three bikes and by the end we did the last bike in like <15 minutes.
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