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

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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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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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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 this....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Effectiveness of disc brakes with brifters

How well do mechanical (non-hydraulic) disc brakes generally function when used with brifters?-- This combination seems to be increasingly common among e.g. adventure bikes such as the Salsa Vaya, ...
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Ease of servicing disc vs. rim brakes

How easy is it to keep a mechanical (non-hydraulic) disc brake system working at home with a set of "normal" (not bike-specific) tools, especially compared to rim brakes? Discs seem to be currently ...
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Why does my disc brakes keep squeaking? [duplicate]

I ride a Giant ATX 2. When my disc brakes started squeaking, I bought muc-off disc brake cleaner and used it on my discs and pads. It worked initially, but after 10km of paved road riding, the brakes ...
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Where to get replacement bolt for rod brakes

Well, I did it again: While working on a bike with rod brakes I lost the bolt which connects the two "actuating" rods to each other (I have no idea what these parts are even called; The measuring tape ...
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Troubleshooting Hydraulic Disc Brakes

I replaced the fluid in my hydraulic disc brakes as they would not work within the first 10 minutes of cycling and would gradually sharpen up. I suspect they had air in the system. They were sharp ...
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Can I run Aluminum Backed organic brake pads with Elixir Avid 5 Hydraulic system?

The old pads were steel. I bought the aluminum thinking they would disperse heat better but if it's going to cause a problem with the braking system I'll go back to steel at less than half the price.
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Switching brakes from mechanical to hydraulics. Disk rotor question

Can I use the disk rotor from the current mechanical brake when I switch to hydraulic?
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Shimano integrated shifter/brake: Cantilever compatible with V-Brake?

I have to replace an integrated shifter/brake, right side, 7 speed Shimano STX. Is a shifter for V-brake (e.g., this) compatible? Bobotech recommends here not to do such replacement. This question ...
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Correct cable end for Shimano BL-M421 brake lever

I have a Specialized mtb that has been changed over from V-brakes to disc brakes (by previous owner). After using it for a while, I've noticed binding in the brakes which I think is due to the way the ...
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V Brake does not snap back

The rear brake lever on my hybrid does not seem to snap back after I release as quickly as it used to, and it doesn't release as quickly as the front brake. These are standard Shimano V brakes, in ...
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Replacing mechanical disc brake with hydraulic [closed]

I need to setup a hydraulic disc brake set on my bike. I've already tried to do it, but I've had some problems like oil leakage, a caliper problem, and it brakes suddenly.
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Ultegra BR 6800's; Increase the reach to 53mm-54mm?

Can Ultegra BR 6800's pad-reach be increased to say, 53-54mm by filing the arm slot longer with a round file? Is there enough aluminum to do this without getting too close to the end of the end of the ...
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How good are '80s Raleigh rod brakes?

I'm interested in getting an old roadster/Dutch bike and I came across a Raleigh Royal from the '80s: I like that it has rod-actuated brakes rather than coaster brakes, but how well do rod brakes ...
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Disc brake freezes up [closed]

The rear brake freezes up on my bicycle. Never the front which I don't understand. It is not that cold out either @20 degrees. This is the first bike I have owned that has disc brakes. My ...
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BMX V-Brake lever for MTB compatibility

Shimano have this v-brake levers in the product family DXR for BMX. Is there any difference between a BMX brake lever and an MTB one? Are they smaller?
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I accidentally pulled a Shimano Deore brake lever with the rotor and pads off [duplicate]

As the title says, I didn't realize pulling the brake will get it stuck in a closed position when wheel and pads are removed. Now the reason I'm asking this previously asked question is none of the ...
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Are there any tricks to make “U brake” stronger?

I rebuilt a kids bike. I had the wheelset and calliper/U-brake replaced. Parts that I used are not cheap parts, lets say its more of mid range parts for BMX, normally made of alloy. I made sure the ...
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Lessons from downhill crash

I was taking my usual morning ride before dawn on an 'adventure' road bike. It is a very steep hill with bends (Ditchling Beacon, East Sussex, England). I was descending and noticed (too late) some ...
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Is a damaged BB7 inner caliper pin dangerous?

It was late when I tried installing some replacement brake pads, and for some reason the top of the replacement pads wouldn't fit properly into the channel that is supposed to guide the pads (lower ...
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how to remove oil from mtb disk brake at home

My cycle has got an front disc brake I not know how but unfortunately few drops of oil got on my disc brake now it was making a very bad sound like a violen and and could even not able to stop my ...
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Disc brakes and single walled rims - is there something to worry about? [closed]

I know that the physics of disc brakes are different than rim brakes, but the differences are not intuitive to me so I want to double-check this. I understand that one fail point of single walled rims ...
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Can I 'toe in' these cantilever brake pads?

I'm riding a new bike (new to me) and I am unfamiliar riding with some of the components, specifically the cantilever cross brakes. On my road bike, I toe in the brake pads to help with noise, feel, ...
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Can I fit larger rotors on a Surly Karate Monkey fork?

I have a Surly Karate Monkey fork that has 160mm rotors. I'd like to upgrade to Clarks M2 brakes with 180mm rotors. How can I tell if those calipers/rotors will fit my fork?
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I messed up my bike

My bike is messed up. It is the type of bike where you can not pedal backwards, like the old bikes that would brake when you pedal backwards not forwards.. However, it has 3 gears. I was riding it and ...
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Front tire/disc brake question

Is it normal my disc rubbing with no tightened QR and to stop when I tighten it? Or it should not rubbing both times...?(Because now when I tighten the QR the disc starts rubbing in one of the pads. ...
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What was the rationale for reverse brake levers?

The Porteur style of bicycle popular by newspaper delivery men in France in the 1940s-1960s had reverse brake levers, seen here in this diagram from an article from Bicycle Quarterly (the photo jpeg ...
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My bike brakes are lethal, help!

I've got an old Raleigh Winner (1980s 10 speed racer) which is perfect in almost every single way for what I need it for (I got given it free, it's very speedy and also looks cool). However, the ...
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Loose Brake Arm?

I have V-brakes on my Fuji Absolute, and there is a little play in the brake arms. I tightened the mounting bolt that connects the mounting bolt to the brake studs but it still has some play. Is this ...
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B01S brake pads for Deore A-M615 brakes?

I bought replacement pads for my Deore A-M615 brakes. They installed just fine. But after cleaning the old pads, I saw that they are G01S, while the new ones are B01S. G01S, the original: B01S, ...
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MTB levers on a road bike conversion

I've got a Raleigh Olympian road bike I use for commutes and my neck is killing me (congenital problem). So I want to put gull wing cruiser bars on this bike, with mountain bike levers in the center ...
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My pedals are forced forward when the back-pedal brake is on

I have to backpedal in order to brake. But when I do this, it works for about 3 seconds and then there's some kind of noise and my pedals start going on their own. The momentum of my back tire would ...
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Mixed pair of sintered and organic brake pads for disk brakes

I am researching for a new road bike for myself, trying to identify the must-haves from the nice-to-have features. Disk/Disc brakes are on the must-have list, but the descriptions of brake pads are ...
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Best downhill braking method to avoid overheated rims?

I recently had one of my rims get really hot on a downhill. I had a problem with my front brake, and I had to use my rear brake only... I did short, hard stabs instead of lightly dragging it. I ...
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Brake lever and shifter for bullhorn

I have a Sora 3500 set on my bike except for the shifters, which are Alivio ST-M310 and a 22.2mm flat bar. Now I have a new bullhorn which I would like to install, but the old shifters don't fit, ...
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High-end components [closed]

I'm wondering if anyone knows of any high-end components that are like Paul components. Not the pro-peloton stuff like SRAM and Shimano, but the, dare I say hipster components. I'm looking for ...
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How to prevent loose brake cables with a single pivot side-pull mechanism?

I recently bought a second hand bike and am now tweaking it to my liking. The bike has single pivot side-pull brakes, but it has a straight steering bar with regular brake levers (very similar, if not ...
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Can we turn a fixie bike into a freewheeler?

I'm new to the fixie world. I'm planning to buy a fixie bike though, but to start right away would be difficult especially when I'm pedaling down hill. Is it possible to change the fixie bike into the ...
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Coaster brake suddenly not working (Nexus 3-speed hub)

My girlfriend took her bike out for a spin and noticed the coaster brake wasn't working at all. Instead of braking it just back pedals, not like a free hub, but if you back pedal the bike actually ...
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General History of the V-Brakes/Direct Pull Brakes/Linear Pull Brakes [closed]

I am currently doing some research on the Direct Pull/ Linear Pull/ V brakes. I have so far found a lot of information on how to adjust and fix v brakes (i.e. Sheldon Brown) or even comparing the v ...
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What is the purpose of the little wings on caliper brake pads

I noticed that caliper brake pads (holders) have little wings on the bottom that aren't present on v-brake pads. What is the purpose of these little wings? Photo by RoboKaren. Released to Creative ...