Preventing frozen brake cables

During wintertime, when the thermometer dips below the freezing point, your cargo bike may feel heavier and it may not brake as well. Your brake cables have become frozen. Our mechanic Jan will provide some tips on how to prevent brake cables from freezing and how to fix them when they do become frozen.

Lubricant is the answer. Jan says: ‘Take some lubricant and apply it to the inner cable. Don't use any grease, since it becomes too thick! I like to use Cyclon lubricant.’

Frozen brake cables: the solution

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In order to properly reach the front brake cables, it’s better to first tilt the cargo bike forward. Make sure that the weight of the bike rests on the front panel. Before you start, put a rubber mat or cloth on the ground to prevent scratches or other damage. Disconnect the brake cables from the wheels and the box (see the example below). Jan: ‘It's not a difficult job, but it must be carefully done.’

 

Disconnect the brake cables

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Disconnect the brake cables from the wheels and from the cargo bike's box. The example shown at left shows exactly where you have to do this. Take into account that the cables have to be reattached later. For this reason you should carefully observe where and how you detach the brake cables. Then you can easily reattach them afterwards.

 

Lubricate!

Bevroren remkabels smerenNow you can start lubricating the cables. Put some lubricant on your hand and apply it to the cable. The Babboe mechanics generally use Cyclon lubricant. Shift a section of outer cable to one side in order to expose a section of inner cable to be lubricated. Then apply some bearing grease to the ends of the outer cables and reconnect all cables. You can follow the same procedure for the rear brake cable and if necessary, you can readjust all the brakes.

 

Does lubricating not work?

If lubricating does not help and the bike is still hard to pedal, it is possible that the brake shoe has become frozen to the brake drum. The only possible solution for this is to thaw everything out with a hairdryer and then do not use the parking brake for the rest of the winter. What if you wish to lubricate but do not have the right lubricant at home? Order it in our webshop.

Order the Cyclon lubricant >

 

During wintertime, when the thermometer dips below the freezing point, your cargo bike may feel heavier and it may not brake as well. Your brake cables have become frozen. Our mechanic Jan will provide some tips on how to prevent brake cables from freezing and how to fix them when they do become frozen.