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Front wheel noise

Hi folks, I had an accident last Wednesday, I hit a car on the passenger side at about 18 mph (not injured but a good headache, phew!). The car just turned left without even looking () totally cut me off.

I have been fixing the bike as much as I can (original handlebar was crooked: changed for protaper).

Besides handlebar, when I ride, I hear a noise from the front wheel: it seems that brake pads constantly rub against brake disk now. When I lift the front wheel and free turn it, the noise is up-to 65 db (used my iphone to get noise level, close to the wheel). If I remove the break on both sides, noise totally desappear.

I had a close look at the disk and they do not seem warped.

Is there anything I could try before bringing my bike to the dealer?
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The wheel may be bent.

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Just a thought

What if you just remove the BRAKE caliper on one side? Does the noise go away or stay? If it stays reinstall that caliper and remove the other one. If the noise stops after removing just one of the calipers possibly you bent that caliper bracket. You should probably have the forks inspected anyway.


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The wheel may be bent.
I have thought about that but I rode the bike at 130 km/h and it still feel normal.

I finally asked my dealer back from work and he told me that everything was normal. He suggested to use sand paper on the brake pads. As a mather of fact, here what I found on yahooAnswer:

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/in...8182214AAnWS6a

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use 500 grit wet dry paper and use it wet. I also take an old hacksaw blade and run it in the grooves of the pad backwards just to clean them out being careful not to make the groves deeper as they are wear indicators.
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Effectively, my brake pads may be dirty-I have been riding unpaved roads lately and that is most likely the origin of the issue.
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Brake wheel might be bend. Turn the wheel and look at it from the front.

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here is what i do on my mtb when that happens... (yes mtbs have hydraulic disc brakes now) I loosen the bolts that attach the caliper to the fork/frame pull the brake lightly (so the pads touch the disc) and hold it, tighten the bolts...WAALAH... usually that fixes the problem.

See if that works for you.

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