Are your brakes damaging your tyres?

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All brake blocks wear out with use and must be replaced periodically. However, brake blocks sometimes need adjustment even if they are not worn out:

Brake blocks which are positioned too low down are less efficient and will eventually wear crooked, making them difficult to adjust and necessitating replacement.

Brake blocks which are positioned too high up are dangerous because if they come into contact with the tyre they will quickly rub a hole in the sidewall, probably leading to a loud explosion as the inner tube blows out!

brake blocks have worn a groove into the tyre

Normally this happens as a result of the brake blocks being badly adjusted from the start, but on some brakes the position can change as the brake block wears down, so it's important to do a quick visual check of your brakes fairly regularly.

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