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dragging hydraulic brakes

rode my bike for the first time since moving here. lol. anyways just went out to check out some areas, about 9 miles into my riding i felt like i was just running out of steam got super hard to pedal, etc. figured i was a sissy, stopped to take a breather and realized the bike would barely roll. rear brake rotor was super hot to the touch, no tools so i jammed a stick between the pads and tried to push them back off the rotor, felt a little better so i headed back home. didn't touch the rear brake most of the way back. got home and checked front and rear, both dragging REALLY bad.

the bike has been hanging upside down in my garage for a year now. i'm guessing that messed something up. any suggestions?

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Pull them apart caliper and clean them just remember they don't use brake fluid. They use mineral based oil. Look that one up to be sure.

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What bike what brakes? Mountain bike? Loosen brake caliper bolts, squeeze brake lever and hold, and retighten. That will center the pads and rotor. If the pads are hanging up and not retracting you need to clean something.
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What bike what brakes? Mountain bike? Loosen brake caliper bolts, squeeze brake lever and hold, and retighten. That will center the pads and rotor. If the pads are hanging up and not retracting you need to clean something.
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Try what I posted. If they are dragging evenly on one side or both, it's not a bent rotor. If it's one side, then my method should work. If it's both, then you might have to clean/rebuild the caliper, or take out some brake fluid if they won't retract.
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Do what ken said. If they are still dragging a little after that you can make small adjustments until they no longer drag.
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