brake problem

Beth hacktastic at
Thu Jul 17 17:37:48 PDT 2008

It took a ridiculous amount of time to bleed my SV's brakes after I
rebuilt the calipers. You'll need to do a ton of bleeding at the top
banjo. Ask Jim. It took us forever!


On 7/17/08, Steve Aronson <stevewins at> wrote:
> I'm having a ridiculous problem bleeding my brakes.  I rebuilt the calipers
> and now I can't get a decent lever. The travel is almost to the handlebar.
> I've bled the system at the master and the calipers about 15 times now.  No
> bubbles at the calipers.  Hard to tell at the master since I don't have a
> bleeder banjo and use the squeeze/crack open over a towel, close, release
> lever.  I'm using the usual method I always do with the plastic cup and
> tubing at the calipers.  I've done this dozens of times in the past with no
> problem like this even after changing the lines.   So where is the air
> hiding?   I'm guessing it's at the top of the lines or in the banjo, but it
> won't come out.  I've tried tapping with a rubber mallet while pumping the
> lever, holding in the lever, not touching the lever.  I've tried to suck it
> out with a mityvac but the bleeders leak around the threads once loosened.
> I've let it sit overnight with the lever bungeed closed.   Any suggestions?

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