FAQ and answers about the skate brake.

Please look at description for the naming of different parts.

  1. How do I adjust the disc brake?
    1. Slide the bar, in the cog belt holder, to the left and to the right to release the cog belts. Then rotate the cog belt wheels to a position where they are very close to the brake plate, or not so close to the wheel depending on how much you want to lift the brake's toe end for braking.
    2. Fine adjusting may be done by the help of some extra hands to release the tension from the springs on the cog belt. Note that any smaller differences between the brake plates are taken care of by the wire that, in front of the brake, can move between the sides.
    3. Don't forget to synchronize the front brake after having adjusted the cog belt wheels.

    Note that; The wire + cog belts must have a small slack to accommodate its longer way to reach around the brake when the skate's toe end is lifted. This slack is taken care of by the two springs on each cog belt. See next question!

  2. Why does the backmost wheel stay locked after braking?
    See note above! It is important that the cog belts does not have too much slack. If so; the cog belt wheels are not pulled back after braking. Readjust the cog belt wheels and tighten the cog belts.

  3. Why is my brake's front wheel so easily locked?
    The front brake's holder is too far back. Release the screw holding it to the ball-bearing holder and move it forward. Move the brake's front wheel forward if necessary to maintain the distance to the brake during this process. Braking with the upper part of the front brake prevents locking. But too much of the upper part is not optimal, as the upper part does not squeeze the wheel sides. Don't forget to tighten the screw, holding the front brake holder, before testing. Please, look at: Front brake positions.

  4. Why is the braking on my brake's front wheel uneven and "jerky"?
    The brake's front wheel is not placed correctly in the brake's frame. The wheel's axle must be placed in a right angle to the frame.

  5. What factors prevents the brake from optimal braking power?
    1. Some types of dirt, which counteracts friction in the brake.
    2. In order to brake the speed efficiently you need to adjust the brake so that both wheels are braked. The contact surface between only one braking wheel and the road/floor is too small to handle the braking power. This may also cause the wheel to get locked and cause unnecessary wear of the tyre.
    3. The front brake's holder is too far forward.

  6. What is preventing the front wheel in the brake to rotate when not braking?
    1. When fastening the wire holders, it is important not to place these too close to mentioned wheel. The screw, with or without the distance pipe, between the wire holders may otherwise be an obstacle to this wheel. The rivets, which also should be used to stabilize the wire holders, must of the same reason be flattened inside the skate's frame.
    Remember, when fastening the wire holders, to make them point in the direction towards the pulley wheels.
    2. This wheel's axle should be moved forward in the frame. Also; See answer to question 2.
    3. Make sure that the skate's frame is not preventing the front brake to move as planned. If it does, this may be caused by dirt/small object or by the ball bearing holder not being in a correct position in the brake frame.
    4. Also make sure the nipples on the wire, both in front of and behind the front brake, are placed so that the front brake is activated and deactivated at desired angles when lifting the skate's toe end.