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

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Cantilever brakes for older narrow fork bosses (55mm)?

I have an 80s cyclocross frame I am restoring. The fork's cantilever bosses are spaced at 55mm - much narrower than the modern standard (around 70mm I believe). I tried to fit a pair of Tektro ...
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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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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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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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How can I widen brakes on an '09 Specialized Transition Pro?

I just picked up an '09 Transition on craigslist, and was expectantly dismayed to find that the stock brakes aren't quite wide enough for my Zipp 404 firecrests. When I remove the straddle cable ...
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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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Sun Tour Cyclone brake levers and brake cable housing

I have a vintage road bike with Sun Tour Cyclone single-pivot calipers, with Cyclone levers. I recently had the front brake cable housing "detach" from the brake lever. It appears to have a large ...
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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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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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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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The piston on my Avid Elixir 5 brakes popped out. Does the caliper need to be rebuilt?

One of the pistons popped out of the caliper on my Avid Elixir 5 brakes. Can I just put the piston back in and bleed the brakes and then they will be good as new, or do I have to rebuild the whole ...
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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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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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connecting center pull dia-compe lever cables

I have some old dia-compe center pull brakes. Inside the lever is the little roller pin with a slot in it for the cable and the small hole on the bottom and the larger hole on the top that the nut ...
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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 they saw that the back brake pads were really (REALLY) ...
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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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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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Disabling back-pedal brake

I have a bike with the so-called back-pedal brake, but since it's for someone who's learning I think that it's more an obstacle than an advantage. Since the bike also has hand-actioned brakes, can I ...
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Mystery item broken on old Dawes. Help!

I was adjusting rear brakes last night and this little thing snapped in half (see image [right]). The linear indent holds my brake cable in place and a 5mm bolt holds this in place. I guess I need to ...
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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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Is there a good way to clean brake hoods?

I just picked up an old bike with white brake hoods. They are pretty gnarsty, covered in a greyish brown layer of filth. I've tried a soapy rag and scrubber brush with elbow grease. It takes care of ...
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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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How can I reset hydraulic brake pistons without removing the wheel?

I have Shimano M785 hydraulic disc brakes. It is easy to remove the pads and put them back in again even with the disc in place. However, resetting the brake pistons is tricky. I currently use a ...
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When I pull my disc brake handle the mechanical caliper will grab then release

My rear disc brakes will grab a little then release all together. I had tightened by cable at the brake handle so I loosened it but it still does the same. It is a Trek mechanical disc brake.
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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 remove play in cantilever pivot point?

I have been working my way through issues with noisy front cantilever brakes. After running through many different ways to solve the issue including new pads (Kool Stop Dura2 Duel Compound), setting ...
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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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New Brake Compatibility with Vintage Bike

I have a vintage Gitane Sprint from the early '80s which came with Weinmann 405s (single-pivot side pulls). I had been thinking about replacing the front brake anyway and then recently broke the quick ...
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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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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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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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Putting Shimano SORA STI Shifters on Touring Bike w/Deore Derailure

So I just bought the 2015 Fuji Touring Bike and it came with bar-end shifters. I do a lot of city riding so having STI "Brifters" is really convenient in hilly city traffic. The problem is my Fuji ...
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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 ...
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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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Are braking vibrations a sign of the end of the life of a wheel?

My mountain commuter (2008 Schwinn High Timber) has picked up a vibration in the front wheel under braking. I'm worried that this is a sign that the rim is end of life. I checked the V-brakes and ...
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What type of brakes is least subject to failure in the winter?

There is a lot of snow in the winter where I live. Different kinds of snow; soft, sticky, wet, etc. And ice too. It can get pretty cold: -25 °C (-15 °F). We drop salt, sand and gravel on our roads. ...
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Correct position of brake quick release on Ultegra 6800

I'd like to know wether the brake quick release lever on the Ultegra 6800 can be kept in any intermediate position between completely closed and completely opened when riding.
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How many fingers on the brake lever?

I have seen people stop with one finger, two fingers or the whole hands on the levers. Is there a recommended number of fingers on the brake levers when stopping/anticipating an emergency stop? Do ...
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Is there a reason for brakes to be reversed in bikes with Hydraulic Brakes?

I recently bought a MTB with Hydraulic Disk Brakes, and am finding really hard to adjust with the braking system. From the very beginning I was cycling with Front brakes on right hand. But now its ...
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Avid Shorty 4 Carbon Brake Pads

I have Avid Shorty 4 brakes on a cross bike. I would like to use zipp 303 carbon wheels, but I am not sure about brake pads. The brake pads on there now are a combined cartridge and pad set. You ...
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Retrofit lockout for a suspension fork?

I am new for cycling. I am searching for bikes on which I will ride mostly on roads, but also on terrains/mountains occasionally. After doing a few researches online, I finally decided to buy a hybrid ...
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How much maximum force can be applied by fingers on the brake lever?

I am trying to calculate maximum force various braking systems can apply and for that I need the ergonomic data as to how much force fingers can apply.
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Shifters/brakes won't fit on bullhorn bars

I have a KALLOY UNO HB-005 580 mm handlebar and a shifter with brake combination, Shimano Alivio ST-M310. I have a Sora derailleur and crank set. I got as a gift a bullhorn Origin8 Bully Bullhorn ...
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changing disc brake pad material while keeping same rotors

I would like to know what effect changing the material of a set of disc brake pads would have on the rotors if you kept them the same. for example, If I have resin pads and have been using them for ...
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Why do the front and rear brakes work independently?

Why do bicycles have two individual brake levers that work independently to brake each wheel? I've always used my right brake lever because it is more comfortable to do so and I haven't noticed any ...
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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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Do I need a special rack for my Schwinn Ascension hybrid bike with disk brakes?

Do I need a special rear rack for my Schwinn Ascension Hybrid bike that has disc brakes? Or will the regular Schwinn bike rack work
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Where to get the short wire of the cantilever brake?

I was riding my bike and rear brake fell apart. As a result I lost the short wire of the cantilever brake, or at least that what it seems to be called. Where can I buy that short cable please ? Here ...