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

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SRAM Guide brake lever won't return

I have an SRAM Guide brake (rear) that after bleeding, the brake lever won't return quickly. At room temperature, this is barely noticeable, but when the temperature climbs, or the bike is in the ...
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Will the price of a bike go down if it doesnt have brakes? [on hold]

Im selling my bike that is less than 2 years old from what the previous owner told me and I was gonna sell it for $300 (I paid $350) but I realized that it has no brakes (it came with the brakes ...
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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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How to convert a multi-speed bike to single-speed with coaster brake?

Now I don't want to take all the credit for this bike, but I'm pretty sure Trek must've lovingly had me in mind when they made this. I mean come on. This bike is awesome. Buying their beach cruiser ...
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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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My v-brake lever (just one) is stiff. What's wrong?

After tuning my brakes a lot (I was learning how) I noticed suddenly my back brake got really stiff. Does't really matter if the cable is loose or not, the lever itself feels really hard to pull when ...
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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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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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Why are disc brakes rare on road bikes?

Window shopping for road bikes, can't see many that have disc brakes, any reason for this?
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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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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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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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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 I stop my rim brakes making making a squeaking/squealing sound?

I bought a Schwinn Frontier Sport few months ago and started riding happily. After a few weeks my front rim brakes started creaking. It's so annoying in public places. My rear brake doesn't produce ...
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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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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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Hoods for 1993 Camapaganolo Chorus levers

The hoods for my 1993 camapaganolo chorus levers need replacing. Can anyone suggest some inexpensive hoods that would be compatible apart from a period Campagnolo part?
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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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Chart for bicycle component quality?

I'm not very familiar with all the different component groups available and wondered if there's a chart that ranks their quality (or price). So I'd know that Shimano 105 is the same level as SRAM ...
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Why does coaster brake hub growl when coasting but not when braking or pedaling?

I have an old two-seater recumbent trike with coaster brakes. One of the rear hubs rumbles terribly when the bike is coasting. When the brake is on, or when pedaling, it doesn't make a noise. I assume ...
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How to increase the brake force of my drum brakes

I have a Gazelle city bike that has a badly braking front brake. It's a drum brake as depicted here and here. When I squeeze the brake levers fully it doesn't touch the handlebar, so that's not the ...
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Why aren't hub/drum/roller brakes suitable for touring?

I've got a Dutch town bike with Shimano IM80 roller brakes. They're brilliant. Maintenance free, clean, and effective. I've been looking at getting a long range touring bike for an initial 3 month ...
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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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Are road brakes designed not to brake too much?

All of my cycling fellows always told me that it's much more difficult to fully stop a road bike, compared to a mountain bike, because "road brakes just don't work so well" (and perhaps because of ...
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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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What is the practical advantage of disk brakes over rim brakes?

Disk brakes are becomming more popular on bikes now, and I was just wondering what the advantage is of this type of brake over the older rim brakes.
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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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How do I prevent disk brakes from squeaking in the rain?

When I got my new bike with disk brakes, I thought that they would perform much better in the rain. While this is true, they still squeak quite loud in wet conditions, which is quite annoying. Is ...
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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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Can your rims wear down from too much braking?

I have a question about rims based on information in another question. The person asking states that he doesn't want his rims wearing down. Is this really a problem? Assuming you don't wear the ...
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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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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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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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Issue replacing Avid BB7 disc brake pads

I just replaced the brake pads in my BB7 disc brakes for the first time. I read up, watched videos, til I grasped what I was doing, and tried more than a handful of times. On the front brake, I can ...
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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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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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Is there any kind of adapter to mount v-brakes or cantilevers to a frame that's not designed to accommodate them?

I have an aluminum single-speed frame that was marketed as a fixie. I'm wanting to convert it to a single-speed commuter. (I'm getting older and the fixie doesn't agree with my knees anymore.) It has ...
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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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Rear brake pad clearance problem on '06 Specialized Langster

I have a 2006 Specialized Langster, size 50cm. I replaced the brake calipers years ago with older-style Shimano 105 single-pivot sidepull brakes. The brakes have never been very powerful. Worse yet, ...