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

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Super tight brakes don't work

My son is at an age where I could be buying him a new bike each year because he is growing, but instead I managed to pick up a free bike from someone who put it out for trash collection. Only problem ...
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How to adjust Avid Elixir 1 hydraulic disc brakes?

I have a Trek X-Caliber and the rear disc is rubbing a little. So I want to adjust the brakes so it doesn't rub and make things a bit easier of course. I see many videos about brake adjustment but ...
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Removing lubricant from the rear brake and rim?

I accidentally got lube on my rear brake (v-brake) and my stopping power seems diminished. What is the best way to get it off the brake pads and the rims?
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Upgrading Brakes [duplicate]

I'm new to biking having had to give up running due to 'worn out' knee joints! I bought an entry level cyclo-cross Carrera Crixus from Halfords which I love. My only criticism of the bike is the ...
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How do I fix U brakes?

I found an old bmx in my shed and I'm just doing it up a little as a good muck around bike. It's not very good, I don't even know the brand but i cut the front brake off, because it didn't even work ...
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Upgrading a heavy duty bike

I have been using my bike for about 10 years for daily commuting and occasional traveling. It is a "trekking cycle" with a flat handle bars. I use it mostly for road riding, i.e. on streets and paved ...
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How to increase range of disc brake pistons?

Recently swapped over my disc brake pads, but discovered that the pistons lightly scrape the rotor when not braking, and when I am braking it doesn't make much of a difference and it allows me to pull ...
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What kind of brake pads for Dia Compe centre pull brakes

I have some Dia Compe center pull brakes shown below. I was wondering what the best type of brake pads are to use for these brakes. Looking around at pictures on the internet, many people use ...
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Why does my back wheel keep becoming untrue?

So I broke a spoke a week ago, and when I put a new spoke in you know I trued it. Now, a week later, the bike feels like a kayak, because the back wheel is not very straight. Any idea why this would ...
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Dealing with very juddery cantilever brakes

I'm a commuter with a ~13m daily round-trip. I've been riding this on an MTB for 8 years, but I'm looking to upgrade. I recently tried out a 2012 model Specialized Tricross; this having been ...
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SRAM Rival brake caliper screws/bolts are rusty, how to replace?

I have a full SRAM Rival groupset from 2011. Having used it in humid and rainy places for a while, most of the parts are OK, but the small button-head screws (or bolts?) in the QR pivot for the brake ...
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What size is the tiny ball bearing used in SRAM brake caliper quick release detents?

SRAM road brake calipers (mine are specifically Rival from 2011) have a quick release lever to facilitate wheel changes, as many calipers do. The SRAM QR lever has detents which make a little "click ...
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Rattling of a Shimano Nexave roller brake

In a suspended fork I use a Shimano Nexave BR-IM75-F roller brake and the cooling disc of the brake is not tighly fixed on the hub and it was like that since I got the roller-brake installed. I'm not ...
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Can I use 25.4mm bullhorn brakes on a 26mm handlebar?

I've got a 26mm bullhorn handlebar but it seems like many stores sell bullhorn brakes that are for 25.4mm bullhorns. Will this 0.6mm make much of a difference? Would it be okay to use the 25.4mm ...
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Pulsating feedback on brake levers

When on the I brake I get a pulsating feedback on my rear brake lever. I checked to make sure the wheel is true, and also the dish, which is ok.I re-checked the torque on the caliper bolt and adjusted ...
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Are parallel v-brakes fixed distance? [Avid Arch Rival 50]

OK, this is naive question, but I have to be 200% sure :-) If you compare the regular v-brake against parallel v-brakes as Avid Arch Rival 50: the one thing which is always ignored is the way you ...
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Repair or Upgrade Centrepull Brakes?

I found an old Shogun Trailbreaker on the side of the road and I'm slowly fixing it up. It currently has centrepull cantilever brakes, which work fine on the front, however the rear brakes barely ...
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How can I tell if I can add a front brake to my cruiser?

I recently had to give up running and decided to start commuting to/from work (about 15 miles round trip) so I could maintain my cardio fitness. One problem is I like to ride my cruiser (a Masi ...
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My back brakes don't lock the wheel (skid): feature or a bug?

When I apply rear brakes only (I know this isn't the proper way to stop), it slows me down but never locks the wheel to the point of skidding (on dry pavement anyway). This is a new 'cyclocross' style ...
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How do you tighten Shimano disc brakes?

I have just brought the Trek Fuel ex8 (on Christmas) and already the back brake is squeaking. Also both the front and back are not very sensitive and are not stopping the bike very well. I've looked ...
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Brakes feel like they are not even there on my used road bike. How can I fix it?

My friend gave me his old sanwa road bike that had been sitting in the snow for about a month. It looks like the one from the 1979 movie "breaking away" but with a different color and brand (to give ...
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Best bike with foot brake [closed]

I am looking to buy a bicycle with a front disc brake and a rear foot brake. I am asking this because I have mild muscular dystrophy and lost almost all of my grip strength so it is very difficult ...
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Physical limits for a fixie rider

As fixie-biking is really trendy at the moment, i often see fixie riders 'skidding' and stopping their bike by blocking their backwheel. As this only works by shifting the riders weight to the ...
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How important is centring dual-pivot brakes?

My road bike has Shimano dual-pivot caliper brakes like these. Whenever I remove or refit the mudguards, or even sometimes just getting the wheel out, they seem to go slightly off-centre, by which I ...
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Why is the front brake lever on the right if you 'drive' on the left and vice-versa?

I live in the UK and I expect my front brake lever to be operated by my right hand. However, I recently went on a friend's bike that had the brakes 'back to front', which would be the 'right way ...
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Why are brake lights not common?

I spent a fair bit of time riding in the lane, in traffic. In this situation, it seems that a brake light would be very useful: It's not always obvious when the vehicle ahead of you is slowing down, ...
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Brake cable shaking at the end of the brake caliper

I recently noticed on my bike that the brake cable housing is shaking at the point where it joins the brake caliper. This is pretty irritating since the cable housing moves whenever I use the brake. ...
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What Type of Brake Pads Should I Look For?

The brake pads on my bike have worn out, so I ordered a new set online, and after I spent a lot of time trying to adjust them, I noticed it won't work as they're not long enough to grip the rim when ...
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Adjust reach on Ultegra ST-6510 levers?

I'd like to adjust the reach (distance from the drop bars to the brake levers) on my Ultegra 6510 levers. The Shimano instructions don't mention the ability to adjust this at all, which seems odd to ...
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Brake levers for Dia Compe centre pull brakes

I'm looking at replacing the brake levers on an older road bike and was wondering if the cable pull ratio for the old Dia Compe center pull brakes pictured below is compatible with new road brake ...
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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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Is there a way to keep rim brakes from freezing up?

So there are various and sundry videos showing how one might create studded bicycle tires. This example is good, but you have many more choices. However, I am a city commuter, and traction will ...
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My rear rim is worn off by braking

My rear rim had those small indents in it for rim brakes, they have brushed off now. Can I re-indent those dots to make braking efficient again. My rim is double walled mtb compliant.
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Adding Brake Caliper Cable Tension SRAM Rival

I have come across a really annoying issue that I just can't seem to put a finger on, and it is causing nothing but heart ache and frustration. I was checking to see how much wear I had on my brake ...
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How to decelerate effectively with a rear brake?

My front brake is not operational and it will be a couple of days before the replacement Shimano Deore arrives. There are probably other use cases for braking with a rear brake. For example, pad ...
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Comfort bike brakes

I ride a Marin comfort bike, about 99% on pavement. That should mean that I don't need disc brakes, but I'm really sick of these weak, shuddering, howling, screeching, whistling, locking caliper ...
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What are the 'parts' to a mechanical disc brake set?

So there are rotors, pads, brake lever, brake cable...I just want to make sure that if i buy brakes I can get all the parts and I'm not missing anything.
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Do DC HUB Motors For Electric Bikes use regenerative braking?

Or do I need a special control circuit aside from the included electronics?
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What (kind of?) brake lever is this?

I'm curious as to whether or not anyone knows who makes this brake lever or if anyone makes one like it. I know the bike in the image is a Montreal-based company called Bassi that primarily sells ...
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Disk brake squealing after bike shop changed my pads. Is it enough reason to ask them to re-service (for free)?

I recently took my bike to the shop, since it started making a weird metal on metal (not squeal, just hard brushing sound). After checking it out the saw that the back brake pads where really (REALLY) ...
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Why do we need front brakes?

Most biking accident stories (ignoring collisions) that I hear about involve squeezing the frontbrake too hard and flipping over, often when biking on a downhill. Read, for example, this fellow's ...
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Which usually wears faster - wheel rims or brake blocks?

I was wondering which you'd expect to wear faster: wheel rims or brake blocks. The reason I ask is that my mileage has shot up the last couple of years so I'm seeing a lot of wear on things I never ...
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Recessed brake pivot nut stuck in carbon fork

The recessed pivot nut for my front brake calliper (no. 4 in this diagram) has seized inside the fork. I've managed to remove the brake calliper itself by unscrewing it from the front, but the nut is ...
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New Shimano m615 rear caliper fails and stops biting the rotor after 30 seconds of extreme downhill

I never had this problem with my Hayes stroker trail. It only seems to start working after I stop for a minute or two. I am riding 30% grades so a lot of force for the short time period, then the ...
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Disc brakes on leader doberman which has no tabs and adaptors

I have a leader doberman with a front disc brake that I want to install on the rear. I know that it hasn't a rear disc brake tab, but I have found an adaptor for the caliper ...
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Do skilled cyclists really “use the front brake alone probably 95% of the time”?

Sheldon Brown's Braking and Turning Your Bicycle page states that: Skilled cyclists use the front brake alone probably 95% of the time and "Generally I advise against using both brakes at ...
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Adjustment to road bike brakes for high grade downhill

I have a road bike with a front brake that wears a lot of brake pad when I ride downhill every day. I lose 900ft in elevation on steep grades with lots of stop signs and traffic lights. On top of ...
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Can you use an Alfine 8-speed “disc” hub with a non-disc wheel?

I have a city bike with a Nexus 8-speed and I'd like to rebuild the rear wheel with an Alfine 8-speed. The only hubs I can find all seem to be disc mount hubs. My city bike has v-brakes. Is it ok to ...
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How long should brake pads last? [duplicate]

My son is new to comuting by bicycle. He brought a brand new bike and after just one week was having problems with the brakes. He only rides approximately 6–8 miles a day. Halfords advised that his ...
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How do i fix my v-brake with some part twisted?

Here's the pictures I did a lot of searching on the youtube about the fix but couldn't find as i don't know what that part of the bike is called.Its seems to me as if i need to buy new ones ...