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Why don't brakes come with 'Safety Levers' any more?

It used to be very common to see bikes with dual pull brake levers (if that's even the right name) as shown below. However now it seems almost impossible to find brakes like this. Even finding a ...
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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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Fixing noisy V brakes

My V brakes make a lot of noise when I brake!! I am annoyed by such noise not to mention the pedestrians. My Mechanic said that it will not make those noise after using for couple of days, but it is ...
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Will disc brakes aggravate the problem with spokes pulling through the rim?

I am hoping that a mechanical engineer can give an educated answer to my question here. I am concerned about this because I have always had some trouble with spokes pulling through the rim on the rear ...
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Would rim brakes help a slightly bent rim?

After recently falling and bending the rim a bit I was wondering if forcefully applying the brakes while in motion help it straighten a bit? Might be my imagination but it seems much truer than ...
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Reverse center pull cantilever brakes (how to set up and issues)

Questions Q1. For rear cantilever brakes, are there any off-the-shelf parts or brake designs that route a rear brake cable from underneath the saddle cable instead of above? Q2. If not, then can ...
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Are road caliper brakes usually compatible with any model of lever/STI shifter?

I have a Specialized Allez 16 (2011) road bike with Shimano 2300 STI shifters and no-name brand caliper brakes. The brakes have always felt a bit mushy despite my best efforts at adjustment/replacing ...
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How to build surge brakes on bike trailer?

There are a couple of pretty good answers How to make a cargo trailer? after looking at them, the answer at What are the safety concerns of a high vs a low mount trailer hitch? doing some other ...
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does anyone sell bicycle trailers with brakes?

I recently was involved in a wreck, because I was unable to slow my trailer. I am thinking about building a refit kit to install breaks on a trailer, but I don't want to reinvent the wheel.
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Burping v/s bleeding hydraulic disc brakes: is it safe?

I found a method for burping (get the air out of the circuit) hydraulic disc brakes in YouTube (see here). The method is: 1) Rotate/move the hand lever assembly until the reservoir cap is facing up ...
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Do cyclocross/interrupter/touring brake levers reduce brake performance?

I have bullhorn bars, with a Tektro cyclocross lever and a TT style bar end lever as well, operating rim brakes. The calipers are Tektro dual pivot. The pads are cartridge style pads (I don't have the ...
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Replacing old brake blocks with modern pads

I'm looking to freshen up a 60's Raleigh Sports that has the old standard brake blocks on it. If I able to put modern pads (http://www.koolstop.com/images/ks-bmxdl_art_lg.jpg) from a cantilever brake ...
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fixie brake lever

I've got a bit of a dilemma with regards to brakes on my fixed wheel bike. Currently I've got both brakes on, as standard road levers on the hoods of the drops, but now I'm running fixed instead of ...
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How to align rear v brakes

i have a bike that has v brakes on the rear wheel. Everytime i try to align the brakes after i ride and use a few times the rear brakes, one of the pads is rubbing on the rim. Please help as i have ...
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Is it possible to remove wheel without loosening the (V) brakes

I have a mountain bike with V-brakes and every time I get a puncture and need to remove the wheel to replace the inner tube, I have to use a hex/Allen key to loosen the brakes, otherwise I can't pull ...
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Are all side-pull road bicycle brakes compatible?

I'm new to road bikes, but have been building mountain bikes for many years. I purchased a cheap road bike (at BSO price level) which I am upgrading for fun. I'd like to upgrade the brakes to ...
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Rear disc brake question

I have a dynacraft next mountain ridge 26" bike & it already has a front disc brake but would I be able to add a disc brake to my rear wheel which previously had a v brake on it that I ripped off? ...
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How do I know whether my bike can use disk brakes?

I have a Gary Fisher bike (wahoo I believe). I think it's considered the entry level Fisher mountain bike. Could I put on disc brakes as opposed to using the standard brakes on this bike? Standard ...
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Why do my disc brakes squeal when wet?

Picture the scene... It's just been raining and you are getting ready to commute home after work, you cycle out on to the tarmac, the scent of fresh rain on hot tarmac fills your nostrils, you notice ...
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why are my disc brakes shuddering

I have just replaced my disc brakes with avid bb5s. The braking is fine but there is a severe shudder, especially when braking hard. Any ideas? Thanks for your responses but I have solved the ...
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Hydraulic disk brakes starts braking after pulling the half of the lever, how can I solve this problem with the brakes?

I have upgraded from v brake which starts braking immediately after pulling the brake lever, but in my new bike the brakes starts much later after pulling the lever. What problem it may have? I am ...
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How to reset pistons after replacing brake pads

I recently replaced the brake pads of a Tektro Dorado system. But now I cant hardly turn the wheel, the clearance between pads and disk is too small. Bleeding wont help, that's only to remove air. The ...
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Persistent front wheel squealing: Replace the fork? Switch to disk?

I have a Cannondale touring bike from the early 2000s that I use as my daily commuter. With the stock cantilever brakes and original front wheel, I had a lot of front brake squealing. I did the ...
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Safest way to slow down a bike quickly if both sets of brakes fail

This may sound like a crazy question, however today in the wet my rear brakes decided to stop working effectively. It has been pouring rain here which makes the problem more apparent. I managed to ...
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Adjusting Shimano STI Brakes

I just bought my first bike with Shimano STI Shift/Brake Levers. So far, I really like the feel. I cannot, however, figure out how to tighten the brake cables. I can find the barrels for tightening ...
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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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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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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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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 ...