How To Fix Loud Squealing Screeching Bike Brakes

It can be embarrassing when you hit your brakes and they make a loud shrill squeal. There are multiple possible causes for the noisy screeching brakes. I go through the various steps to fix the brakes so they will be quiet.

* I am often asked, why didn’t I just skip all the earlier steps and go right to end and replace the pads. Because often, one of those earlier steps will solve the problem. In this case they didn’t. And in this case, if one of those earlier steps had actually solved the problem, then it would have made a terrible video. Because if there are bunch of problem solving steps to go through, and I only show the first few, then that would help some people, but most people would have been left hanging. Why replace your pads if simply cleaning them would have fixed the noise? But if you want to skip to the last step, go ahead.

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24 Responses to “How To Fix Loud Squealing Screeching Bike Brakes”

  1. Thanks! fixed my bike. First step.

  2. Wasn't necessary to show the brake still squealing after your first 3 steps – makes it look like those first 3 steps were pointless.

  3. wth!! you didnt fix them.

  4. I found out if the break pads screech it's just time for beans new ones

  5. i like my brake squeal, because people hear me coming, its like a safety feature when you are biking and people just move out of the way, but if i do get tired of the noise i know how to fix it , thanks for showing how many ways to stop the squeal!!

  6. i use a clothes peg to tow mine in…a penny is too small…works every time.

  7. EXCELLENT…I like the fact that you continued trying even though it didn't work at first…

  8. Thx man you helped me fix my brakes with the penny trick you helped a lot 👍🏻

  9. My brakes were terribly squealing. I have bought new pads kool stop. They are still squealing. I have check of the alignment, toe-in (I did it also before buying new pads). Nothing helps. What else can I do!

  10. Thank you!

  11. My cool stop Salmons squeal like crazy. Will try the penny adjustment next, as they are almost new and i already cleaned with alcohol.

  12. Nice one, very helpful, thanks.

  13. Great process of elimination, good way of making sure you are not replacing parts still working, in this case, new was the solution..Nice work

  14. Works. Ty. So muxh

  15. thank goodness for you

  16. But you didn't fix them, you just installed brand new brakes

  17. Which brand of V brake pads do you use for bikes?

  18. USE XT V Brakes with KoolStop Brake Pads !!!!!!!

  19. this is actually pretty funny.

  20. Thank you

  21. my 1976 schwinn fastback had this problem

  22. If I were going through these attempts, each test fail would be followed by "Son of a b-!" Great information, though — I'm going to give each of these a shot. Thanks for posting!

  23. I have brand new cheap break pads and they still squeel.

  24. so basically buy new break pads