wild pigs n. poorly adjusted brake pads that squeal in use.
From the Dictionary of Mountain Bike Slang
If you suffer from wild pigs there are a couple of things you can try. First, make sure the pads are aligned correctly and angle them so that when the brake is applied the front tips touch before the backs. To put this another way, if the wheel is rotating this way: ---> the pads should be angled like this \ but shallower.
Next try cleaning
and pads with a non-metal scouring pad
and rubbing alcohol
or bike degreaser. If you pads are fairly old, or you do a lot of riding in the mud, you might need new brake pads. You could also try sanding
the rims with a medium emery cloth
, which will remove built up crud and roughen the braking surface
. If you have linear pull brakes
a brake booster
might also help by increasing the power
of the brakes.
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