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this may sound like a newbie question, but how exactly do i go about bleeding the brakes? My brake pads should be good enough for another thousand miles or so, and i feel like a dork bringing the bike to the dealer just to adjust the brakes. They feel kinda mushy and I can't lock the back tire up anymore. I think there's air in the lines. Should I buy a bleeder kit from DennisKirk to help me solve my problem? Or can I do it without spending the $50? thanks
 

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Speedbleeders make the job faster and easier but you don't need them. Get a piece of clear tubing that will fit over the bleeder, a container, some DOT4 brake fluid and a 10mm wrench. Put the clear tubing over the bleeder and press down on the brake pedal and hold it down. Open the bleeder a crack until you see brake fluid and bubbles flow through the tubing. When it stops moving close the valve and release the brake pedal. Repeat process until you don't see any bubbles. Keep an eye on the resevoir and keep the level topped up.

With the Speedbleeders all you do is open up the bleeder and pump it a few times. They are certainly worth the $7 apiece you will pay for them.
 
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