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

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How do I make my brakes stop squealing?

I am having a very loud squeaking voice in the brakes of the rear tyre. I don't know what the problem is, but I am sure it has nothing to do with rain, because it happens all the time even if it is ...
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Will any Avid brake bleed kit work with my Promax brakes?

I need to replenish the fluid in my front brake on my Whyte Portobello (Promax Hornet disk brake) after all of the fluid leaked out through my own mistake. I'm looking at kits like this on eBay, ...
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Is there 28 hole front/rear drum brake hub

No time research this now, so has there ever been made a 28 hole front or rear drum brake hub? I know that Sachs and Sturmey-Archer have done a lot of drum brakes. Neither to my knowledge have such a ...
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New Bicycle - Brakes Squeak [duplicate]

I just bought a new Schwinn Cutter, but my brakes are constantly squeaking when I apply them. It has nothing to do with weather as I haven't taken it out in the rain. The rims on the bike do have some ...
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Mountain bikes: Downhill braking

What's the better braking strategy for steep, technical descents? "Brake hard, then release completely & roll." vs. "Maintain constant pressure on the brakes."
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How brake pad dust/residue affect braking and rim life?

You know the dust that's left on the rims' groove after a while, does it have any significance in braking or rim life? When washing the wheels I just realised that the dust must be coming from brake ...
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Uneven Disc Brake performance

I'm using Hayes CX-5 Mechanical Disc brakes with Avid The G2 CleanSweep Rotors on my cross bike. I believe the Pads that come stock with Hayes CX-5 brakes are semi-metallic. I'm experiening uneven ...
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How to compensate broken thread in brake barrel adjuster?

On my disc brakes I realized the barrel cable adjuster has its thread broken and most of it is stuck inside the calliper. The picture is not my brake but they are quite similar: the black barrel ...
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How much better are ceramic rims at wicking away water

I assume the best advantage to ceramic rims would be the ability to shed water easier due to their relative flatness. How much better are they? Does it make that much of a difference when breaking?
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How do I stop my rim brakes making making a squeaking/squealing sound?

I bought a Schwinn Frontier Sport few months ago and started riding happily. After a few weeks my front rim brakes started creaking. It's so annoying in public places. My rear brake doesn't produce ...
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drum brakes and drop handle bars

I have sturmey archer xfdd and xrd5. Which brake lever are suitable for these and drop handle bars. The cable is road type with a barrel rather than a nipple.
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Is having your hands “on the hoods” of drop handlebars safe for braking?

I've never had a bike with drop handlebars, but may get one for commuting in busy London (likely a single-speed with mechanical disc brakes). This would mean riding with my hands mostly on the hoods, ...
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Disc brake break-in?

Just got a bike with discs (BB7). The feel of the braking is so-so on the first ride (5km commute from LBS to home). I think the cable for the rear needs a little tightening. But even so, I don't ...
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How high should brake levers be on drop bars?

How high on the curve of the drop bars should brake levers be placed? Also, how does the angle of the drop bars affect the brake position? If these settings are dependant on body shape and ...
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What happened to rear levers for drop bar brakes? [duplicate]

I have a bike with an old set of second hand drop-bars, that have rear/upper bar brake levers, like this: I've been looking around at modern drop-bar brake levers, and it seems like no-one ...
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When should I not use my front brake?

I have only been riding for a short time and I remember when I was a child there was a belief that if you used your front brakes going downhill that you would fly over your handlebars. However, my ...
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Correct way to apply brakes [duplicate]

Just to illustrate that there are better and worse ways to apply brakes, here's an example of a less-than-ideal way: I was biking on a borrowed bike and getting used to the brakes. The front brake ...
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What to buy when looking for a low maintenance city bike that allows sportive riding

I just want to replace my good old 50€ used Peugeot City Bike, that has served me well for the past year, but has some problems (like ribbed Steel Rims) that are hard to overcome. I want something ...
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Grinding sound on new disc brakes

I have a new bike, probably a month old, which has Hayes cx 5 disc brakes. I've noticed that the front brake pad is making a grinding sound when I brake at low to moderate speeds. What could be ...
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What is the difference between different types of disc brake pads

I've seen several different descriptors for disc brake pads: Metallic, Semi-Metallic, and Organic. What is the difference between these types of disc brake pads?
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My brake lever is coming loose from my handle bars; how can I tighten it?

I have a road bike with drop bars, and the left brake lever is slightly loose - it can rotate a few degrees around the handle bar from side to side. How can I tighten it? Is it possible to do so ...
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When the the caliper brakes are applied, the pads barely move at all

I've done some light maintenance on cheap side caliper systems and I've run into this problem on a few older bikes. When the the brakes are applied, the pads barely move at all. I've adjusted the ...
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Converting bike from rim brakes to disc brakes

I just bought a used 2009 Kona Dew and it comes with regular rim brakes. I'm perfectly happy with them so far, but have been wondering if disc brakes would come handy when it rains. What is involved ...
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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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loose brake calipers

I have some dia compa ac 500 brakes on an old road bike. While the calipers are installed on the bike, with everything tightened, I can move (rotate) the calipers side to side with my hand. I've ...
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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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Mechanical-hydraulic hybrid brakes

I've heard about Mechanical-hydraulic hybrid brakes but didn't find any examples. Are they exist? If yes, are they comparable with hydraulic?
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Caliper bolts after crash: repair or replace?

A few days ago, I was looking down checking out my crank while riding and drifted into the LA River Bike Path and ended up crashing bending my front brake caliper. Can the recessed bolt that holds ...
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Does having machined brake surface on rims matter?

I'm looking at getting a wheelset with disc hubs and rim brakes to run on my disc and non-disc cross bikes. There are stock wheels that have velocity a23 rims, which are a poupular rim brake ...
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How much time takes for hydraulic disk brakes to cool down?

Yesterday I was on a DH track for the first time. I have Avid Elixir 7 brakes with 203" rotor in front and 180" rear. The descent took about 5 minutes, and the ropeway up about 15 minutes. After 6 ...
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When do my brake pads need replacement?

I have a bike that is almost two years old. It still has the original brakes (side pull caliper brakes), which seem to still be functional. However, they are worn and I am going to be doing a lot of ...
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Can your rims wear down from too much braking?

I have a question about rims based on information in another question. The person asking states that he doesn't want his rims wearing down. Is this really a problem? Assuming you don't wear the ...
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Rolling backwards while pedaling forward on a Freecoaster

Can anyone tell me what happens when rolling backwards while pedaling forward on a freecoaster bike? I mean does it gradually slow it down, or does it come to an abrupt hault? I have not tried it yet. ...
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When to tune/replace brake cables for optimum tension

Original Question What physical symptoms do I need to look for to understand that my brake is out of tuning or the cables have reached end of life? It is not necessary to consider the brake shoes in ...
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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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What pads are compatible?

I have Tektro R320 Calliper brakes on my bike: http://planet-x-bikes.co.uk/i/q/BCTKTR320/tektro_r320_brake_caliper It's time for some new pads. However, the ones on this appear to be all in one, ...
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Can I convert flat bar to drop bars on a hybrid bike

I'm fairly certain that the bars should change out quite easily; I'm more concerned about the shifters and brakes. Currently I have a hybrid 18 speed with cable disc brakes and Shimano Deore XT ...
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Differences between symetrical and asymetrical brake pads for cantilever / v-brakes

What are the functional differences of the 'long tail' brake pads (more pad on one rear facing side of the post than the front side) versus the symmetrical (same amount of pad on either side of the ...
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Difference between brake pads on road and MTBs

I know that road caliper brakes use shorter (and wider?) pads than v-brakes and MTB cantilevers, but I don't exactly understand the reason behind. What would happen if I mount longer pads on ...
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Beside drive train, what is the difference between group components (e.g. 105 vs. Ultegra)?

In his previous post, jmusits asked the difference between the Shimano 105 and Ultegra drive train. Obviously, the derailleur is certainly one of the major components of a group. However levers, ...
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What is lever throw and cable slack?

In a guide for adjusting Avid BB7 mechanical road disc brakes, it said: Only use the barrel adjuster at the brake lever to adjust for cable slack. For lever throw, use the outboard adjustment ...
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What is the standard diameter for BMX brake mounts

First of, these are the sort of brake mounts I'm talking about (though I believe the diameter is standard whether the mounts are removable or welded to the frame/forks): What is the diameter on 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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Brake pad rubbing the rim

I have a v-brake mounted on my bike. I can feel some stopping from the pads. If i spin the wheel, it stops because of one of the pads rubbing. I can't find a setting where one of the pads doesn't ...
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Life metrics for v-brake pads (time to replace, time to change)

I ride my bikes quite frequently and need to use the brakes slightly harshly (because of the traffic light changes and cars at my front) as I approach some gradients worth 40 degrees downhill. My ...
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Why do my brakes squeak? Do I have an incorrect distance between brake pads and rims?

My brakes were working normally until I adjust them today. I thought the brake pads were too close to the rims so I increase the distance a bit. Now every time I brake, they make horrible squeaking ...
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How do I prevent my hydraulic brakes from getting pressed/damaged when the wheels are off?

When I was buying my bike, the technician in the shop told me not to press the brakes when the wheels are off (detached), otherwise the brakes will get damaged (I don't know how). I need to detach ...
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How can I fit this mudguard?

I thought this would be simple. The problem is that the entire brake assembly needs to be rotated to screw into a thread built-in to the fork. There's also a hex/allen hollow tube-nut at the back ...
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What is the braking (stopping) distance for bicycles?

A vehicle driver must keep enough braking distance (aka stopping distance) between him/her and a vehicle in front in order to avoid collision. It depends on the driving speed. What is the braking ...
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How can I stop a belt brake (band brake) from squealing?

One of our bikes is an electric bike. It's an older iZip HG 1000, and although we got it through the American "manufacturer" (Currie Technologies), like most of the low-end ebikes it's made in China ...