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Replace front brake pads

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Undo the two bolts holding the caliper to the fork leg with a 12mm socket and carefully slide the caliper off the disc.
Check the pads for wear, the ones in this picture are only half worn. If the pads are worn out replace them, if not - skip to the end and return the caliper onto the disc.
Undo the 10mm bolt holding the retention plate to the back of the caliper.
Slide the retention plate off the heads of the two pins. Those pins hold the pads in place.
Use a screwdriver to push the pins out and let the pads fall out.
The two pads. These are only half worn, never let the pads wear so far that they are down to the metal backing plate - that will damage the disc. 
Because of the pad wear, the pistons are stuck farther out and the new pads won't fit - use a screwdriver as a lever to push them back into place.
When the cylinders are pushed back into place the new pads will now fit.
Fit the new pads into place and push the pins back into place, then spread the pads apart and into place with a screwdriver. You may need to push the pads up to get the pins to fit.
Slide the retention plate back into place over the pin heads and re-insert the bolt. Fasten the bolt tightly.
Slide the caliper carefully back onto the disc and re-insert the bolts. Tighten the bolts and pump the brake lever a few times to get pressure up in the system again.