Disc/rim/drum/coaster brakes; braking technique, maintaining brakes, anything else about stopping a bike.

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Why does my brake keep pinging out and almost killing me?

My back brake (top picture) is clamped down, as it should be. The quick release on the front won't stay down. I have tried loosening the cables, tightening them, nothing works. As you can see in the ...
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When replacing brake pads, brake loses its grip

I wanted to replace my front wheel disc brake pads (Shimano BR-M785). For the purpose, I removed the front wheel and removed the existing pads. Then I tried to place the new pads and found out the ...
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How can a recumbent tadpole trike brake three wheels with only two levers?

So this is probably a terrible idea, but I was looking at recumbent tadpoles recently and it just clicked. I would have two brake levers but three wheels. I would need to have to... 1.) Calibrate the ...
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Little rear rotor clearance

I have just test fit my wheel on a Litespeed T5gravel that I'm building and I see there is less than 1mm of clearance between the rear rotor and the chain stay. The rotor is currently a 160mm avid ...
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V-Brake brake blocks non-centred posts

I just bought some Clarks CPS301 Brake Blocks (V-Brake brake blocks). The threaded posts are positioned slightly off-centre, towards the front. This is different from my old, unbranded ones where the ...
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My rear wheel isn't properly spinning. How can I tell whats wrong?

I'm just getting back into cycling after a long hiatus. My bike is a little old and worn and its got some issues. The biggest one is the rear wheel. My rear wheel spins, but it seems to be off ...
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one side of cantilever brake pads does not spring back

Same as this question one side of brake pad retention problem (i.e. attached to rim) but mine is a cantilever brake. The answer there doesn't work as mine doesn't have those screws and the brake ...
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9 speed Shimano shifter with 7 speed drivetrain

Can I use a 9 speed shifter with a 7 speed drivetrain, with good shifting and without needing complex adaptations? I am considering that as an alternative for this need: Using only the brake lever, ...
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Using only the brake lever, separated from an integrated shifter/brake

I have an old Shimano STX integrated shifter/brake. The shifter part is broken. Can I separate the shifter part, with reasonable effort, so I use only the brake and get a new shifter? From what I ...
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Avoiding hydraulic brake system overfill when bleeding with worn pads

I have limited experience with bleeding Avid Elixir 5, Shimano SLX and cheaper Shimano and Tektro brakes. I usually time the bleed just before brake pad replacement, in order to avoid the risk of ...
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How do we understand if caliper brakes can be installed on the frame?

I have a hybrid bike and I am converting it to drop bars. My problem is, as I am going to install STI's, I need to change brake system as well. I am using V brake types, how can I understand if I ...
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Flat handlebar caliper brake compatibility

I am trying to convert my flat bar bike to drop bar. I have bought STI's but I also want to use additional brake levers(like cyclocross bikes, flat bar levers) as well. I may be wrong but cable pull ...
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Suitable Shimano integrated shifter/brake replacement for old STX

I am looking for a replacement of an old Shimano STX right shifter, from a Raleigh MT-200 (I am pretty sure this is accurate). It is an integrated shifter, 7 gears, cantilever brakes. Other than ...
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Is it bad to keep hydraulic brakes engaged for many hours?

I find it easier to park my bike if I can remove one of its degrees of freedom, for example, prevent the wheels from rotating. An easy way to do this would be to strap one of the brake levers down. ...
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Connect Trekking Bike Brakes to Road Bike Lever

A family member will give me his old (high class) trekking bike. I like the bike a lot but would like to swap the steering bar for a road bike one, which I am used to and like a lot. Is it possible ...
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More or less skid patches for winter tires?

Update: this question is NOT about how to calculate the # of skid patches. I've always used http://www.bikecalc.com/skid_patch_calculator for that and the math is sound. So, I'm already thinking ...
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Replaced v-brake pads too late - how to check if rim is damaged?

I've just noticed that replacing the brake pads was overdue. The metal of the brake shoe started scratching the rim already some time probably (sorry, I know it hurts to read that...). How to decide ...
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Simple brake test, pulling the brakes and pushing the bike by hand

After installing and adjusting, there is this test, where you pull the front brake and try to push the bike forward, it should offer enough resistance to lift the rear wheel. Then you test the rear ...
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Converting to disk brakes [duplicate]

currently I own a 2009 Trek 3700. And recently I've been thinking about going from rim brakes to disk brakes because it rains a lot where I live. But should I choose mechanical or hydraulic? Or am I ...
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How to assemble '70s-era center-pull brake

I've (supposedly) got a 1976 Motobecane Le Champion with what appears to be the original center-pull rim brakes, which unforunately are not in one piece and need to be re-assembled: As you can see ...
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Any Issues installing STI Brake/Shifter levers to bike with direct-pull V-Cantilever brakes?

I want to install drop bars in my hybrid bike and also thinking of getting STI brake/shifter lever. The bike has V-Brakes. Is there any issues on doing this that I should be concerned about?
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Campagnolo brake, closes unsymmetrically

The rear brake of my road bike closes unsymmetrically which results in bad braking performance and the rear wheel is getting pushed to the side. The Video describes the problem best. The arms of the ...
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can only use right hand to brake reliably, due to disability - safer/possible to modify bike?

I'm new here and hoping someone might have thoughts on this - had a look and couldn't find an answer elsewhere! Apologies for the kind of long question, and if it's silly, but any thoughts would be ...
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one side of brake pad retention problem (i.e. attached to rim)

my front wheel brake pad (only one side) is still attached to the rim after I released brake lever. How do I fix this problem? I believe it is a cantilever brake.
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Why doesn't this V-Brake fit my frame?

As part of a bike rebuild I'm working on, I replaced the old cantilever brakes with new Shimano V-brakes. The problem is that the new front brake doesn't seem to fit with the wheel. The rim walls are ...
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Using Engine Starter Fluid to Decontaminate Brake Pads

I have some hydraulic disc brakes, and for one reason or another they get contaminated. My dad (who's worked on cars for ages) told me to use engine starter fluid, but I'm kind of skeptical about ...
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Convert a Cannondale SM1000 (about 1991 model) to disk brakes

I've got an older, about 1991, model Cannondale SM1000 mountain bike purchased new. Would it be worth it to convert to disk brakes and if so what would be the process?
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Falcon Brake lever problem

While installing a new cable I had to open the the lever there was a spring inside the lever.It resembles 2 circles of 5mm diameter with two 1mm vertical tips on either side.I can put one vertical tip ...
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Bullhorn bar + STI brake/shifter

I'd like to install a bullhorn handlebar on my existing hybrid bike and would prefer to continue using my flatbar Shimano STI R42O gear/brake lever system rather than a bar end brake/shifter solution. ...
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Which cables and housing do I need?

I am going to build my own bike. I purchased the 105 5800 groupset the other day and was examining the different components. The shifters came with some cables and cable housing. I have attached a ...
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How do I increase braking power and “touchiness” of Sram Guide RS Brakes?

I've got some Sram Guide RS disk brakes and they're very weak and not touchy at all. I prefer touchy brakes. I know the Guide RSC has the tool free contact adjustment to make them touchier. I have ...
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Front drum (was disc) brake only works when going backwards (!)

I am restoring my old bike that hasn't been used for quite a while. The rear brake works fine, however, the front brake has an issue: It only brakes when the bicycle is going backwards, not forwards! ...
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Effectiveness of disc brakes with brifters

How well do mechanical (non-hydraulic) disc brakes generally function when used with brifters?-- This combination seems to be increasingly common among e.g. adventure bikes such as the Salsa Vaya, ...
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Ease of servicing disc vs. rim brakes

How easy is it to keep a mechanical (non-hydraulic) disc brake system working at home with a set of "normal" (not bike-specific) tools, especially compared to rim brakes? Discs seem to be currently ...
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Why does my disc brakes keep squeaking? [duplicate]

I ride a Giant ATX 2. When my disc brakes started squeaking, I bought muc-off disc brake cleaner and used it on my discs and pads. It worked initially, but after 10km of paved road riding, the brakes ...
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Where to get replacement bolt for rod brakes

Well, I did it again: While working on a bike with rod brakes I lost the bolt which connects the two "actuating" rods to each other (I have no idea what these parts are even called; The measuring tape ...
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Troubleshooting Hydraulic Disc Brakes

I replaced the fluid in my hydraulic disc brakes as they would not work within the first 10 minutes of cycling and would gradually sharpen up. I suspect they had air in the system. They were sharp ...
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Can I run Aluminum Backed organic brake pads with Elixir Avid 5 Hydraulic system?

The old pads were steel. I bought the aluminum thinking they would disperse heat better but if it's going to cause a problem with the braking system I'll go back to steel at less than half the price. ...
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Switching brakes from mechanical to hydraulics. Disk rotor question

Can I use the disk rotor from the current mechanical brake when I switch to hydraulic?
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Shimano integrated shifter/brake: Cantilever compatible with V-Brake?

I have to replace an integrated shifter/brake, right side, 7 speed Shimano STX. Is a shifter for V-brake (e.g., this) compatible? Bobotech recommends here not to do such replacement. This question ...
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Correct cable end for Shimano BL-M421 brake lever

I have a Specialized mtb that has been changed over from V-brakes to disc brakes (by previous owner). After using it for a while, I've noticed binding in the brakes which I think is due to the way the ...
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V Brake does not snap back

The rear brake lever on my hybrid does not seem to snap back after I release as quickly as it used to, and it doesn't release as quickly as the front brake. These are standard Shimano V brakes, in ...
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Replacing mechanical disc brake with hydraulic [closed]

I need to setup a hydraulic disc brake set on my bike. I've already tried to do it, but I've had some problems like oil leakage, a caliper problem, and it brakes suddenly.
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Ultegra BR 6800's; Increase the reach to 53mm-54mm?

Can Ultegra BR 6800's pad-reach be increased to say, 53-54mm by filing the arm slot longer with a round file? Is there enough aluminum to do this without getting too close to the end of the end of the ...
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How good are '80s Raleigh rod brakes?

I'm interested in getting an old roadster/Dutch bike and I came across a Raleigh Royal from the '80s: I like that it has rod-actuated brakes rather than coaster brakes, but how well do rod brakes ...
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Disc brake freezes up [closed]

The rear brake freezes up on my bicycle. Never the front which I don't understand. It is not that cold out either @20 degrees. This is the first bike I have owned that has disc brakes. My ...
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BMX V-Brake lever for MTB compatibility

Shimano have this v-brake levers in the product family DXR for BMX. Is there any difference between a BMX brake lever and an MTB one? Are they smaller?
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I accidentally pulled a Shimano Deore brake lever with the rotor and pads off [duplicate]

As the title says, I didn't realize pulling the brake will get it stuck in a closed position when wheel and pads are removed. Now the reason I'm asking this previously asked question is none of the ...
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Are there any tricks to make “U brake” stronger?

I rebuilt a kids bike. I had the wheelset and calliper/U-brake replaced. Parts that I used are not cheap parts, lets say its more of mid range parts for BMX, normally made of alloy. I made sure the ...
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Lessons from downhill crash

I was taking my usual morning ride before dawn on an 'adventure' road bike. It is a very steep hill with bends (Ditchling Beacon, East Sussex, England). I was descending and noticed (too late) some ...