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

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Brake lever seizing up from cold

I have perfectly ordinary standard-pull brake levers on my bike. When the temperature gets below 20F or so, the left-hand one seizes up, not wanting to pull, and not braking well if I force it. Once ...
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Can I damage my brakes by testing them vigorously?

My understanding is that it’s important to regularly test one’s brakes, by grabbing the lever and squeezing it hard, perhaps all the way down to the bars. The theory is that if they’re going to fail, ...
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Why does my back wheel keep becoming untrue?

So I broke a spoke a week ago, and when I put a new spoke in you know I trued it. Now, a week later, the bike feels like a kayak, because the back wheel is not very straight. Any idea why this would ...
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Town bike intermittently harder to pedal

I have a Dutch town bike with backpedal brakes (omafiets). I live in Amsterdam where it's flat and have checked the tires are fully inflated. Originally the bike was very easy to pedal and often it ...
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Replaced v-brake pads too late - how to check if rim is damaged?

I've just noticed that replacing the brake pads was overdue. The metal of the brake shoe started scratching the rim already some time probably (sorry, I know it hurts to read that...). How to decide ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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Is it possible to remove a coaster brake from a preschooler's bike?

My boss bought her 4 and 3 year old a bicycle for Christmas, but she didn't notice that one had double hand brakes and the other has only a front hand brake and a coaster brake in the back. The 4 ...
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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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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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Disc brake pads - steel vs aluminium back plate

I am looking at a set of Organic Disc brake pads. The brake pads come with a steel back plate or as an aluminium back plate. Why would I choose one over the other?
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Suitable Shimano integrated shifter/brake replacement for old STX

I am looking for a replacement of an old Shimano STX right shifter, from a Raleigh MT-200 (I am pretty sure this is accurate). It is an integrated shifter, 7 gears, cantilever brakes. Other than ...
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Is it bad to keep hydraulic brakes engaged for many hours?

I find it easier to park my bike if I can remove one of its degrees of freedom, for example, prevent the wheels from rotating. An easy way to do this would be to strap one of the brake levers down. ...
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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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Adjust brake tension / stopping power

My CAAD9 is fairly slow to stop. I read that giving the brake pads more travel can help — ie: making it so that you have farther to squeeze. How can I do it with this brake setup?
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Do brakes provide full power when used from the hoods?

I have been riding mountain bikes for over 20 years and am just going back to a road bike. I find the modern bars and hoods and combined levers a very strange position. I have actually loosened them ...
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What's the difference between galvanised brake cables versus stainless steel?

I'm looking at buying a set of new brake cables and I'm wondering what the difference is between the stainless steel ones and the galvanised cable? I'm only getting relatively cheap ones but I can't ...
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Shimano brakeset hood model compatibility

I am trying to find out if shimano brakeset hood have compatibility with different brakeset. In my specific case, I have a ST-2200 but can only find arround hood for ST-5800 or ST-6600. Is their a ...
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My rear disk brake doesn't lock in place. Don't know whether hydraulic or mechanical

My rear brake does not work (disc brake) MTB for anything. It does not skid or even stop for that (brand new) What should I do? I went to my local bike shop in India and he told me that disc brakes (...
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Any Issues installing STI Brake/Shifter levers to bike with direct-pull V-Cantilever brakes?

I want to install drop bars in my hybrid bike and also thinking of getting STI brake/shifter lever. The bike has V-Brakes. Is there any issues on doing this that I should be concerned about?
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Tips for adjusting Shimano M355 hydraulic brakes

I have upgraded from cheap old front cable disks brakes and rear v-brakes to Shimano hydraulic M355's front and rear. I always adjusted my old brakes for a very tight fit (to reduce dead space between ...
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Brake Cable Ends - Barrel and Pear Nipples

I can easily find images of these different nipples on Google, and as far as I can tell pear nipples are used on road bikes (in general) and barrel nipples are used on MTBs (in general). Barrel ...
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Upgrading mechanical disk brakes

I'm considering upgrading from Avid BB5 to BB7 mechanical disk brakes on my fat-bike and upgrading to Avid Speed Dial 7 levers. While I'm at it I can easily move up a size or two from the existing ...
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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 unmounted....
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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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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 knob....
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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 do I align my front brake disk with the caliper?

I have manual Avid disc brakes. I took my front wheel off like I've done hundreds of times. When I put it back on the wheel is aligned properly with my fork, but the disc presses against one of the ...
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CB Roubaix upgrade to Shimano Tiagra - brake problems

I installed the new Tiagra brakes (4600) to my Claud Butler bike following the accompanying instructions. I've also installed new Tiagra levers. There is not enough adjustment in the brakes to allow ...
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Will a road brake lever work with a v-brake?

I'm planning on changing my commuter handlebar to a drop handlebar. As the diameters are different, I need to know if the new brake lever will work with the existing v-brakes. (My intention is to ...
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Have rollerbrakes a longer stopping distance than drum brakes?

In my experience rollerbrakes are very weak comparing with drum brakes. Is it normal that they have a much larger stopping distance than other brakes or is it just my own bicycle?
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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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What affordable rear brake can I get with nut/bolt rather than Allen Key?

I am looking for recommendations for a rear brake for a road brake. The problem is that I can see plenty of options for the newer 'Allen Key' style but not the older 'nut/bolt' style. I also want just ...
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Fixing off-center Caliper brakes

The brakes pads of my front brake are off center, so far that when the brake is disengaged the right pad rubs slightly against the wheel even though there is plenty of clearance between the wheel and ...
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How to service a 1995 Schwinn Phantom Coaster Brake hub?

I have a 1995 Schwinn Phantom beach cruiser with a coaster brake that I'd like to service. The coaster brake is staring to feel sloppy and hasn't been looked at in a long time. What tools will I ...
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hydraulic brakes not working very fast

Ok, so I just got new hydraulic brakes, I have not had any like these and they were fitted by professionals and they had replaced the pads as I had contaminated the old ones. After getting these ...
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Using only the brake lever, separated from an integrated shifter/brake

I have an old Shimano STX integrated shifter/brake. The shifter part is broken. Can I separate the shifter part, with reasonable effort, so I use only the brake and get a new shifter? From what I ...
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What type of brake is this?

Update - As Daniel pointed out in the comments below, this is an unusual type of roller cam brake that is fixed to the fork using a single bolt through the fork rather than cantilever fixings I have ...
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For 'classic' cantilever brakes, are cartridge brake shoes better than non-cartridge ones?

What are the advantages of cartridge brake pads compared to non-cartridge ones? Do they offer better braking characteristics? I'm about to replace brake pads on a 1994 MTB which has Shimano STX ...
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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 road-...
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How to properly adjust rim brakes for a touring bike?

My touring bike needs new brake pads, and I'm about to do the swap. I've done it before, and plan to consult the usual YouTube videos to refresh myself in the procedure. (Brakes are something where ...
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Cleaned wheel, V-brakes are now moaning

Yesterday, I cleaned my 5 months old bike using WD-40 Bike HEAVY DUTY DEGREASER and removed some dirt and brake material residue from the wheels. Now my front brakes moan. I did go through this ...
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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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Stainless steel bolts for brake calipers

I'm wanting to replace the bolts used to hold my cantilever brakes on as they've rusted and look pretty terrible on an otherwise clean bike. Is it ok to use stainless (A2-70 or A4-70) for these or ...
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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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How do I choose brake pads?

I use the plain self-centering side-pull cantilever brakes found on 99.9% of road bikes. (Well, it's a road bike. ;) ) I've got alloy rims. Both my current internship location and back home are ...
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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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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 ...