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

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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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Do bikes require a specific brake type?

I have a old bike of mine that I want to fix up for my younger brother. I don't know the brand, it just says Shogun racing on it (I haven't used it in ages and it was a gift.) It had the factory ...
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Are cross brake levers with compact drop bar redundant?

I currently have traditional drop bars and cross (interrupter) brake levers. I like the interrupters and use them a lot. But I'm going to get a compact drop bar (FSA Omega Compact bar on order), and ...
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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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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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What is safer…coaster brakes, regular brakes, or fixed gear braking?

I currently have a 'regular' bike, i.e. a bike with typical brakes but I've been more fascinated recently with single speed and fixed gear bikes. One of the reasons that I've held off on getting on is ...
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Squeaky hydo brakes

I have hydraulic brakes and I've recently had new pads as the old ones were no good. I ride to work everyday so I know I've bedded them in. I've gone to go out on it today and both brAkes are ...
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Disc brake clicking noise

I just took my rear tire off of my mountain bike that has hydraulic disc breaks (elixer5). When I put the wheel back on and started peddling it made a clicking sound. At first I thought it was the ...
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Single pivot brake with handlebar levers (Resurrecting an old Colnago)

I have an old Colnago I want to resurrect, which after some Google-ing I have discovered is very similar to the bike here (but in blue): I want to replace the drop bar brakes with "standard" brakes ...
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Disc brakes make noise

My disc-brakes on my mountain bike sing/scream when I brake. I have tried to clean them, but it didn't work. Should I replace the disks or the brake pads? Is there a better (cheaper) way to fix this.
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Rubbing disc brake caliper

Finally I bought my new hydraulic disc brakes (Shimano M-446) and installed it on my bike . It was a little difficult to adjust the calipers , because the space between the pads is smaller than on my ...
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Extra screw after removing front wheel (plus enclosed hub brakes)

My partners bike, a Pashley Princess Sovereign, had a flat front tyre, and whilst I was out a friend came to have a look. He removed the front wheel (detaching the brake, a fully enclosed brake hub), ...
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Fork shakes on braking

I reanimated an old city bike. The front brakes work fine but the brakes squeaks. So I cleaned the rim and brakes, now the fork shakes on braking. What is wrong and how can I fix this? Change the ...
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Why are Avid brakes so difficult to bleed? [closed]

I have bled Avid Elixirs 3, 5, CR, etc... I still have a hard time getting a "good bleed." I follow the instructions online, and via Avid's youtube video, I use the kit and it still takes me going ...
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Disc brakes squeak on Trek mountain bike

I have a Trek 3900 mountain bike with disc brakes, and I just took it out of winter storage to start riding it for the season. Everything works well, except for one very annoying problem: when I stop ...
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Modifying Brake Cable to Fit?

I have recently decided to replace my brake cables before a particularly long ride, since they haven't been replaced in a number of years. The problem I have is that the stock rear cable on my bike ...
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Why are there metal shavings in my brake pads?

I have several brake pads on my cantilever brakes that have several small metal shavings embedded in the pad. Is this normal? What should I do about it?
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What is the actual cable pull of brake levers?

I understand that there are 2 brake lever cable pull standards: Standard Pull Levers Long Pull Levers (for V-brakes and disc brakes) But what is the actual difference in pull? And specifically: ...
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Disc Brakes VS cantilever / V brakes [closed]

Are disc brakes better, more durable etc. than the more traditional Cantilever / V type brakes? I have been considering choosing a new bike with disc brakes, but I have seen mixed reviews on whether ...
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Rear hydraulic disc sticking

My 2012 Model Scott Sub 10 has recently been experiencing issues with the rear disc sticking on my daily commute and getting so bad that I have to stop, wait for it to cool and then push the disc a ...
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Bicycle disc brake rotors

It is time to change my bike's hydraulic disc brakes . Now I have a Hayes Stroker Ryde system , but I want to order a Shimano M395 instead . The question is that I don't know If I have to order the ...
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Regulations regarding Braking redundancy on single speed bikes.

Recently there have been an increase in the number of fixed gear bikes in my (U.S.) city. Increasingly they tend to have one or zero brake levers, justified by their ability to stop with pedal power ...
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Why don't road bikes use v-brakes?

In my experience, linear pull brakes (v-brakes) have more stopping power than other types of cantilever brakes (let the flames start ;). Modern road bikes always come fitted with dual pivot brakes. ...
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Are Avids BB7 superior to the Hayes Stroker Ryde? [closed]

I know one is mechanical (BB7) and the other Hydraulic (Hayes)? but I have both and I need to decide. For a XC use, which would you keep?, and why? PS: I'm upgrading from V-Brakes (Shimano XT group). ...
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Caliper drop for bike conversion

I'm trying to work out if my current brakes are long enough to work with 700C wheels (ie 622mm rim), rather than 630 (27"). The question I have is, will the wheel sit at the same point in the ...
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What happens when a bike has not had maintenance for a long time?

I recently traded my Kent BMX bike I got from Wal-Mart: for a Ross road bike ). My friend tells me the bike sat in his back yard collecting rust, I see it has rust on the chain, the gears, brake ...
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Can I use a Center Lock hub and disc brake rotor in place of an ISO hub?

I currently have a regular ISO disc brake hub and rotor on my front wheel. I'd like to replace it with a Shimano generator hub, but all Shimano hubs use Center Lock rotors instead of ISO. The Center ...
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brakes for carbon rims

I'm considering switching from alloy to carbon wheels - just a question regarding that & brakes. Would I need different pad materials from the standard sort of pad material (or even a whole ...
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How do I replace road bike hoods?

I commute daily on a road bike with Shimano Tiagra STI shifter/brake levers. The rubber hoods are pretty grimy and getting sticky, torn up and unpleasant these days. Repair and replacement of pretty ...
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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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Koolstop set compatible for folding bike?

Is this Koolstop Road Pad Holder and Brake Pad Set compatible for folding bike ? My bike is using Dahon Speed P8.
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Use of Shimano long-reach calipers with “New Super SLR” brake levers/shifters

So my bike has Shimano Tiagra ST-4600/4603 brifters (it's a triple) but is fitted with long-drop BR-R451 calipers. In theory, these should be incompatible because of the change in cable pull ratio, ...
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How to build a fixie bike? [closed]

I’m thinking about building a fixie and was wondering what are the best types of frame, wheels etc to use and how long the whole building process may take?
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What is the matter with this Shimano disc brake lever?

I got the BR-M445L + BL-M505L a month ago. I am new to hydraulic disc brakes, so I can't tell if there is any problem with air in the system or other problems. Asked a mechanic and he said the brake ...
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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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How to set up bike so that back-pedalling stops the rear wheel?

My first bike was a 1976 Raleigh Strika. It was brilliant and was distinguished by having only a front brake lever. To get the rear wheel to stop one simply back-pedalled. This was a v. efficient way ...
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Can I put standard drop brakes on a MASI drop handlebar?

I've got a set of handlebars from a MASI Uno. I'd like to know if I can put standard drop bar brakes, similar to these (ignore the interrupter brakes and bar end shifter for now). The MASI bars ...
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Hydraulic Disc Brakes Maintenance

I have Hayes Nine hydraulic disc brakes on my mountain bike. I have recently replaced the brake pads and after that it seems that the pads are almost touching the rotor. How can I adjust it? I have ...
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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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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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Concerns with different brake types for the front and the rear wheel

I'm considering adding a disc fork to my surly cross check and using some avid bb7 road brakes for the front. I've got tektro road levers on drop bars (outfitted with retroshift shifters) I've got ...
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Combination of different Shimano braking components

For a daily city bike i want to combine some older Shimano Components. Is it possible to combine a Shimano XT V-Brake Lever (BL-M739) with a Shimano 105 SLR Front brake or are there any things i have ...
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Thinking of upgrading my brakes to these, is there an issue with “mushy” braking?

I want to get these in combination with new levers for my bike, but under the description it says: "Use of these calipers with standard SLR enabled STI and brake levers results in a "mushy" brake ...
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Brake pads constantly touching the rotor because piston is not moving back

I recently replaced the brake pads on my hydraulic disc brake. The brakes are a Tektro Draco 2. Now the new pads are constantly touching the rotor. This is how it looks like with caliper ...
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2014 Diamondback Jr. Viper Brake Problem

BIKE 2014 Diamondback Jr. Viper SPECS Specification Description --------------------------------------------------- Best use Cycling Bike style BMX ...
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Direct Pull (V-Brake) vs. Center Pull Cantilevers (pros and cons)

I am looking around for an old mountain bike to ride this winter (and this summer when it is wet). I was just browsing around and was curious what the difference was between Direct pull brakes: ...
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Is it normal for disc brakes to smell of burnt plastic?

So, a new bike, Avid Elixir 5 180mm front and rear. My second ride was on a short dirt road, 340m denivelation. I held the brakes (mainly the front) more than 50% of the time, as the road was too ...
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How to adjust Shimano hydraulic brakes contact point?

The title might be wrong, I am not familiar with the terminology here. I just got a BR-M445L front hydraulic brake. Installed it - this stuff is MUCH easier to install than a cable disc brake. Now ...
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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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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 ...