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

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How can I tell if I can add a front brake to my cruiser?

I recently had to give up running and decided to start commuting to/from work (about 15 miles round trip) so I could maintain my cardio fitness. One problem is I like to ride my cruiser (a Masi ...
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My back brakes don't lock the wheel (skid): feature or a bug?

When I apply rear brakes only (I know this isn't the proper way to stop), it slows me down but never locks the wheel to the point of skidding (on dry pavement anyway). This is a new 'cyclocross' style ...
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How do you tighten Shimano disc brakes?

I have just brought the Trek Fuel ex8 (on Christmas) and already the back brake is squeaking. Also both the front and back are not very sensitive and are not stopping the bike very well. I've looked ...
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Brakes feel like they are not even there on my used road bike. How can I fix it?

My friend gave me his old sanwa road bike that had been sitting in the snow for about a month. It looks like the one from the 1979 movie "breaking away" but with a different color and brand (to give ...
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Best bike with foot brake [closed]

I am looking to buy a bicycle with a front disc brake and a rear foot brake. I am asking this because I have mild muscular dystrophy and lost almost all of my grip strength so it is very difficult ...
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Physical limits for a fixie rider

As fixie-biking is really trendy at the moment, i often see fixie riders 'skidding' and stopping their bike by blocking their backwheel. As this only works by shifting the riders weight to the ...
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How important is centring dual-pivot brakes?

My road bike has Shimano dual-pivot caliper brakes like these. Whenever I remove or refit the mudguards, or even sometimes just getting the wheel out, they seem to go slightly off-centre, by which I ...
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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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Brake cable shaking at the end of the brake caliper

I recently noticed on my bike that the brake cable housing is shaking at the point where it joins the brake caliper. This is pretty irritating since the cable housing moves whenever I use the brake. ...
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What Type of Brake Pads Should I Look For?

The brake pads on my bike have worn out, so I ordered a new set online, and after I spent a lot of time trying to adjust them, I noticed it won't work as they're not long enough to grip the rim when ...
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Brake levers for Dia Compe centre pull brakes

I'm looking at replacing the brake levers on an older road bike and was wondering if the cable pull ratio for the old Dia Compe center pull brakes pictured below is compatible with new road brake ...
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Is there a way to keep rim brakes from freezing up?

So there are various and sundry videos showing how one might create studded bicycle tires. This example is good, but you have many more choices. However, I am a city commuter, and traction will ...
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My rear rim is worn off by braking

My rear rim had those small indents in it for rim brakes, they have brushed off now. Can I re-indent those dots to make braking efficient again. My rim is double walled mtb compliant.
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Adding Brake Caliper Cable Tension SRAM Rival

I have come across a really annoying issue that I just can't seem to put a finger on, and it is causing nothing but heart ache and frustration. I was checking to see how much wear I had on my brake ...
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How to decelerate effectively with a rear brake?

My front brake is not operational and it will be a couple of days before the replacement Shimano Deore arrives. There are probably other use cases for braking with a rear brake. For example, pad ...
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Comfort bike brakes

I ride a Marin comfort bike, about 99% on pavement. That should mean that I don't need disc brakes, but I'm really sick of these weak, shuddering, howling, screeching, whistling, locking caliper ...
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What are the 'parts' to a mechanical disc brake set?

So there are rotors, pads, brake lever, brake cable...I just want to make sure that if i buy brakes I can get all the parts and I'm not missing anything.
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Do DC HUB Motors For Electric Bikes use regenerative braking?

Or do I need a special control circuit aside from the included electronics?
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What (kind of?) brake lever is this?

I'm curious as to whether or not anyone knows who makes this brake lever or if anyone makes one like it. I know the bike in the image is a Montreal-based company called Bassi that primarily sells ...
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Which usually wears faster - wheel rims or brake blocks?

I was wondering which you'd expect to wear faster: wheel rims or brake blocks. The reason I ask is that my mileage has shot up the last couple of years so I'm seeing a lot of wear on things I never ...
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New Shimano m615 rear caliper fails and stops biting the rotor after 30 seconds of extreme downhill

I never had this problem with my Hayes stroker trail. It only seems to start working after I stop for a minute or two. I am riding 30% grades so a lot of force for the short time period, then the ...
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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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Adjustment to road bike brakes for high grade downhill

I have a road bike with a front brake that wears a lot of brake pad when I ride downhill every day. I lose 900ft in elevation on steep grades with lots of stop signs and traffic lights. On top of ...
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Can you use an Alfine 8-speed “disc” hub with a non-disc wheel?

I have a city bike with a Nexus 8-speed and I'd like to rebuild the rear wheel with an Alfine 8-speed. The only hubs I can find all seem to be disc mount hubs. My city bike has v-brakes. Is it ok to ...
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How long should brake pads last? [duplicate]

My son is new to comuting by bicycle. He brought a brand new bike and after just one week was having problems with the brakes. He only rides approximately 6–8 miles a day. Halfords advised that his ...
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How do i fix my v-brake with some part twisted?

Here's the pictures I did a lot of searching on the youtube about the fix but couldn't find as i don't know what that part of the bike is called.Its seems to me as if i need to buy new ones ...
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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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Dia Compe Brakes for 1991 Bridgestone RB-T

I have a 1991 Bridgestone RB-T. This bike has passed through many hands so much of the stock parts are gone. The original Dia Compe XCE brake arms have been replaced by Dimension canti arms. My ...
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dual pivot side pull brake shoe touches wheel rim. How do I fix it?

Based on http://sheldonbrown.com/calipers.html what I have on my front tire is the "Dual Pivot Sidepull" type brake. The right brake shoe touches the wheel without having to actually apply the brakes. ...
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How to remove cantilever brake arm?

I am renovating a bike, I guess it's 10 years old. It has internal gears with pedal brake. And then it has a hand brake in the front, I think it is called "cantilever direct pull". One arm was moving ...
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Shimano Sora vs higher range brake pull ratio

I've just upgraded my commuter bike (old Trek 370) to the replaced components from my main road bike (originally 09 specialized allez - new head and handle) and found the brake calipers aren't long ...
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Brake callipers not long enough to allow adjustment of pads

I upgraded the standard Tektro brakes on my SE Lager to Shimano 105s. The braking performance is vastly improved. I also have Charge Plug wheels, rather than the stock wheels. However I've noticed ...
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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 do I replace road brakes?

How do I remove my old (Shimano Sora) brake callipers (dual pivot) and replace them with new (Shimano 105 5800) callipers? (This is the bike if you want to know more components details).
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Rear V-brake pivots (cantilever studs) asymmetrical on Specialized Hardrock XC 2004 - how to fix?

This is a bit weird question. I bought a Specialized Hardrock XC used bike cheaply on e-bay. It had no front brake and the rear v-brake had different arms and was very dodgy. I thought I would able to ...
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My disc brake rotors have started to corrode. What can I do?

For the last two weeks, I was using my bike heavily in rainy weather. I was cycling during rain for hours. Now I noticed that the discs of my disc brakes started to corrode. What can I do now? Should ...
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Not enough space to adjust the caliper

Today I have noticed that when I push the rear brake lever (hydraulic disc brakes) the rotor is a little bit bending , but it wasn't rubbing the caliper . I came to a conclusion that rotor is not ...
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How to install brakes with clamps that are too tight

I recently picked up a set of Avid DB1's and put them on my bike, but it was a bear to get them on. For background, they've got a split clamp that is similar to a seat tube where simple compression ...
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What causes brakes to perform worse when the bike is loaded?

I adopted a thoroughly abandoned Univega Super Strada from somewhere in the '80s or '90s. It has Shimano caliper brakes in good condition with pads that are worn but still have plenty of the indicator ...
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How do I remove my Campagnolo Veloce rear brake caliper?

I'm trying to remove my rear brake caliper to put a fender/mudguard clamp on. I've removed the rear nut and I assume the brake should then slide straight out. But it won't. It is definitely a little ...
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Bike too big for me

I bought a bike online based on a recommendation that a 56cm frame would be ok for me (I am 5ft 10, with 30" inside leg). However I think it is slightly too big. I have to lean forward a lot and my ...
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Adding disc brake to a bike without rear disc brake mounts

I'm seeking advice on how to install disc brakes on a bike that does not have rear disc brake mounts. The bike I have is the Trek 7.1 FX. Does the Trek 7.1 FX have the mount for installing disc ...
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How can you remove the interrupter (top bar) levers from the Giant Avail 5?

I'm looking to gain a little extra space on my handlebars and I do not use these brakes, so I was wondering if anyone knew of a way to remove them. The spec is: Brake Levers Shimano 2300 w/ ...
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Tried to replace bicycle brake housing. Broken cable?

I was attempting to replace my stock front v brake to a better aftermarket v brake everything went ok until I tried to test it and the brake cable end, the one that connects to the brake lever, will ...
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Cross bike brakes

I am looking at cross bikes to keep me cycling through the winter. http://www.nicholsons-cycles.co.uk/product/focus-bikes-mares-cx-3-0-disc-105/49669 I like this but am worried about the brakes - I ...
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How long do brake pads last in storage?

I’ve discovered in my parts box some rim brake pads that have been there for several years. Aside from age, they are in fine shape (some are new). Can I put these on my bike, or is there hidden ...
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There is a lip on my brake pad from bad positioning. Can I remove the lip?

One of my bikes had the brake pads positioned poorly and they developed a pretty pronounced lip where the pad hung off machined braking surface on one side. The bike is using cantilever brakes. These ...
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How do I stop my brake from sticking?

The rear brake (calliper) on my road bike sticks. When I pull the brake it pulls down but only half springs back and there's then slack in the leavers. This is causing rubbing on the rim. It's a ...
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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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Front wheel shudder on Cyclocross brakes

I have a Javelin Primitivo with cantilever brakes. My front fork is carbon. When I brake the front wheel will "shudder". I replaced my wheels and adjusted my brakes (toed them in). I have even ...