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

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What affordable rear brake can I get with nut/bolt rather than Allen Key?

I am looking for recommendations for a rear brake for a road brake. The problem is that I can see plenty of options for the newer 'Allen Key' style but not the older 'nut/bolt' style. I also want just ...
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Can I replace my self-energizing brakes with regular cantilevers?

I recently bought a used tandem and am going to be tuning it up over the winter. It's a Yakota Twin Peaks (i.e. 20 years old) and it has Scott-Peterson Self-Energizing brakes. I haven't taken them ...
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Replacing cantilever brakes

Just bought a winter beater to ride through the winter. I knew it needed some love but the frame (Giant Yukon) fit well and it was a reasonable price. I just threw the bike up in my repair stand ...
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Are faceplates for different shimano brifters compatible?

I got a used brifter and the faceplate fell off. I am pretty sure it was a 105. It works well enough but it looks shitty. Does anyone know if I can just order whichever shimano brifter faceplate, and ...
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Is my brake line bad?

I recently purchased an old bike and got the brakes replaced. My front brakes are working as expected and my rear brakes are not. I am squeezing my brake lever which has a lot of resistance, but isn't ...
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What cantilever brakes are compatible with Surly Pugsley 100mm front fork?

I just purchased a Surly Pugsley project bike. The front hub isn't set up for a disc brake so I'm looking to install a cantilever brake. It has 65mm large marge rims. I've scoured the internets and ...
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Enhancing brake force with steel rims in wet conditions?

I currently own an old racing bike, that still has ripped steel rims and a side pull caliper brake. The braking power is acceptable when the street is dry, but as soon as it gets wet (even morning ...
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Bar end brakes and handlebar swapping

I have one road bike that I use mostly for commuting, sometimes for fast alone rides and infrequently for group rides. I was thinking that since most of my riding is alone I should put my tri bars ...
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How to get more tire clearance with caliper brakes?

I've discovered the brakes on my Bike Friday Tikit don't allow for enough clearance to run Schwalbe Marathon tires. The bike - a folding bike with 16" rims - ships with Kojak treadless tires. It looks ...
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Front wheel “shudder” or “pulse” when braking

When I apply the front brake I can feel a "shudder" or "pulse" through the front wheel, fork and handlebars. It's faster when I'm travelling faster and slower when I'm moving slower. I assume there's ...
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Brake piece grinding against fork

This brake was installed on a fixed-gear that did not come with any brakes. The nut on one side rubs against the fork, and over time it rotates and presses the pad against the wheel. Here is where ...
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New brake pads, whining brakes [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Fixing noisy V brakes I have quite an old mountain bike, that has become quite rusted over the past few years. I just tuned up the derailleurs and replaced my brake ...
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Brakes periodically make “finger nails on chalk board” sound

Both my rim brakes --- front and back --- have started to make a periodic noise when I engage them. They will be silent for a little bit, then gradually start to make noise. As I brake, the noise will ...
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What bicycle design factors affect stopping power?

I've been under the impression that bikes and motorcycles cannot stop as quickly as cars. I'm curious what factors have the largest impact on bike stopping distance. What comes to my mind are: ...
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Brakes won't stay tight

I have plain ol' v-brakes and I have to tighten them all the time, every three or four weeks. I've been given to understand this is not usual. I'm not sure what's wrong though -- am I hitting them too ...
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Putting brakes from a fat frame onto a skinny frame

I took a bunch of parts off of a bike with a hybrid titanium/carbon frame (it died), and am using them to build up a bike from a sweet steel frame I got on ebay for a song. It's my first time building ...
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How can I adjust for uneven brake wear?

Well, my problems with brakes have turned out to be not an issue with pad longevity at all -- see the following picture: Note how the one pad is excessively "toe-in" worn. Here's a picture of the ...
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How do you adjust the set-up of road bike brakes for women with small hands

My girlfriend has recently bought her first road bike. While the frame size is pretty much spot on and comfortable for her, she finds that the brakes are difficult to use and she ends up with pain in ...
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Fixing off-center Caliper brakes

The brakes pads of my front brake are off center, so far that when the brake is disengaged the right pad rubs slightly against the wheel even though there is plenty of clearance between the wheel and ...
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Quick question about V-Brakes?

I'm interested in purchasing a bike, however due to my location can't get into a bike shop, so will need to order it online. The 2009 GT 2.0 Transeo I am interested in does not explicitly say it has ...
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Could road rims be damaged by using v-brakes?

I once heard that road rims aren't strong enough to deal with the force of v-brakes, is this true? What about your standard cantilever brakes?
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Are the rear brake mounts on my Boardman Team HT post-mount or IS?

Boardman Team HT Last weekend I broke the rear brake lever in a crash. I'm looking for a replacement brake disc kit for the rear brake, but I don't know what kind of mounting I've got. There seem to ...
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What's the difference between galvanised brake cables versus stainless steel?

I'm looking at buying a set of new brake cables and I'm wondering what the difference is between the stainless steel ones and the galvanised cable? I'm only getting relatively cheap ones but I can't ...
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How to fix a detached brake cable?

My rear brake cable detached yesterday while riding. When I pull the level all the way back (which I can now do with no tension), I think I can see the end of the brake cable inside the brake hood, ...
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What is the stopping force of your average road bike?

Does anyone have any data on the stopping force of a modern road bike? IE when a road biker slams on the brakes the force applied to the ground is x.xxx Newtons (or lbf). Another way to ask would be ...
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Is it ever legal in the USA not to have two brakes on a bike?

When using a bike on a road in the USA, is it ever legal not to have separate brakes on the front and back wheels?
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Brake lever placement on a road bike

I am just going to re-wrap my road bike's handlebar tape tomorrow. Before I do that I was wondering what the proper place is to put the brake levers. I know they should be pointed vertically, ...
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Adjusting the pull/reach of STI levers with top-brakes (Tricross)

Please excuse my terminology, I have a Specialized Tricross (2008) with Shimano Tiagra STI levers, and convenience brakes on the top of the bars, running through the same cable. Naturally, adjusting ...
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One stripped post mount on suspension fork

I have a suspension fork, which has a stripped lower post mount, i.e. the bolt used to attach the brake caliper doesn't grip the post. Before anyone asks - yes, it is the correct size bolt, as the ...
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Is it ever legal in the UK not to have two brakes on a bike?

When using a bike on a road in the UK, is it ever legal not to have separate brakes on the front and back wheels?
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RockShox Tora TK mountings for Hope Mini M4

I'm on the verge of buying a RockShox Tora fork for my bike, and plan to use them with Hope Mono Mini M4 brakes. I'm stumped as to what mounting to buy for these, how do you guys find out this ...
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How to service a 1995 Schwinn Phantom Coaster Brake hub?

I have a 1995 Schwinn Phantom beach cruiser with a coaster brake that I'd like to service. The coaster brake is staring to feel sloppy and hasn't been looked at in a long time. What tools will I ...
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How to tighten a brake?

This is probably a really basic question but I'm confused by the whole brake mechanism so... My left (front wheel) brake has to be pulled in really far before it actually starts to brake (I guess ...
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V-Brake pads for wet conditions

In wet conditions, my current brakes are pretty poor. Without switching to disc brakes, what are my options for v-brake pads that work better in the wet? I'm only thinking about this for my commuting ...
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When to change disk brake pads

I was wondering how to tell when your disk brake pads need replacing. My front seems to be not stopping as quickly as it used to, or as I would like. I know this could be road grime build up, but I ...
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How do I change my disc brake pads?

How do I change my disc-brake pads? How do I avoid letting the fluid out?