Yes the brakes work but they take an extended amount of time to stop. I took about the front hub and looked at it. Still had a pad< could there be some kind of film on it, how do I get it off? The wire moves on both front and back, im juist not sure if they are worn or what? I tightened the wire per the manual and the front worked a little better, but the back not at all. Should I just get new pads and rear cable?