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

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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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Which brake is most expendable?

I'm thinking of removing a brake(front or back) to reduce weight and simplify my bike. Which brake is most expendable? Its your average fixie road bike.
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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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Front brake only on a fixed-gear bike

Is it considered safe-enough to only have a front-brake on a fixie in a urban area that has many hills? I've been considering buying one, but I want to get some opinions before I move forward.
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Am I better off buying a new bike, or upgrading my old bike?

Half a year ago I started to use again my old Schwinn Woodlands MTB for commuting. I didn't want to spend a fortune on a new bike, I wasn't certain that I would like to bike commute daily. Bike has ...
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Why don't road bikes have disc brakes?

Window shopping for road bikes, can't see many that have disc brakes, any reason for this?
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How do I use retro drop down handlebars with no hoods?

The preface this, I am just going to say that I am awful on a bicycle. I have recently gotten a bike that I love, it's beautiful, and I love riding it, however the drop handlebars have no hoods so ...
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What are the alternatives to SwissStop Blue v-brake pads

We've got a tandem with Rigida Andara CSS tungsten carbide rims and Swisstop Blue v-brake pads. We're happy with the performance and life of both of these over the last 1000 miles. The problem is ...
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could I mount a different manufacturer brand rotor to use with my brakes?

I've a tektro draco hydraulic brakes on my mtb and I would like to know if it is possible to mount a different brand rotor to use with my brakes?
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Brake response is spongey post-brake lever upgrade

I have just performed an upgrade of brake levers on my Plug Racer, from the original cross-style levers (top mounted, possibly Promax 239A models) to Cane Creek 200TT bar end levers, connecting them ...
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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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Do I need better “springs” on my disc brakes?

After 20 years commuting on old/cheap bikes, I finally evolved up to a nice solid touring rig with cable disc brakes (Avid BB5). I love the bike and the brakes. They're much easier to maintain, ...
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Can you add oil to a hydraulic disc brake reservoir without bleeding the brakes?

Is it possible to add oil to the hydraulic disc brake reservoir to increase the stiffness of the lever, without bleeding the brakes?
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Cantilever cable adjustment device

I'm about to build up a frame (Motobecane Fantom CX) with cantilevers and drop bars. I plan to use my old Campy 9-speed levers. Obviously, those levers don't have any way of adjusting the cable length ...
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What does “modulate” mean when referring to brakes?

Often in a review of brakes, or an article talking about braking the author will use the term "modulate." E.g. "The brake modulates well" or "Modulate your front brake." What exactly does this term ...
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Do I need to replace hydraulic fluid in my brakes?

I've had my bike (GT Avalanche 1) for maybe four or five years now. I've changed the pads once, removed and cleaned all parts on the bike a few times now, but I've never touched the brake fluid. ...
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How do I make a road brake lever work alongside a mtb brake lever

If I manage to get a dropbar on my mtb and want to use both the MTB brake lever AND the road dropbar brake lever (like the Tiagra STI, but no gear shifting)... Is it possible? Can they use the same ...
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Problems with brake discs

I recently bought a new bike. It is a Scott bike with disc brakes. The bike went in for it's service and now it has problems braking. As soon as I pull the brake leavers the front brakes makes a loud ...
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Can I use long reach calipers on my cyclocross bike?

I've got cx bike(Centurion Cyclocross 4000) which I currently use only for commuting and riding long distances on a road. Is it possible to use some longreach caliper brakes on it (e.g. Shimano BR-650 ...
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Which rotor, Steel or Titanium comes with Avid CODE brakes?

I just bought Avid CODE brakes. It comes with a rotor (200mm). I checked the website and manual and I can't find out if the rotor is stainless steel or the titanium version. How can I tell? ...
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How to improve front brake functionality?

My front brake (cantilever brakes) does not make contact with the rim until I pull the brake levers almost all the way in, leaving me with very little space to apply extra force. That means the brakes ...
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Brake cable housing doesn't attach to lever

I got a new bike but the front brake doesn't work. I tried reading up about the brake system on line and learned quite a bit (they're cantilever brakes). But I am missing something elementary and ...
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How often should disk brakes need bleeding?

The brake handles for my disk brakes became very loose four months after I bought the bike. The bike shop bled the brakes and put new oil in them, which sorted it. They're feeling a bit loose again ...
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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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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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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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How bad is this broken brake cable strand?

I just bought a new bicycle. While I was fiddling with things (removing tags, mounting a light, etc.) I noticed that the boot on the rear brake cable was loose. When trying to reseat it, I found that ...
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How to adjust Avid Elixir 1 hydraulic disc brakes?

I have a Trek X-Caliber and the rear disc is rubbing a little. So I want to adjust the brakes so it doesn't rub and make things a bit easier of course. I see many videos about brake adjustment but ...
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Why do you think I nearly fell on this turn?

I was riding my new Scott road bike yesterday and I nearly took a terrible fall. The pavement was wet and there was a curve. I was riding approximately 15 mph and I braked with the rear brake. As I ...
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How do I prevent disk brakes from squeaking in the rain?

When I got my new bike with disk brakes, I thought that they would perform much better in the rain. While this is true, they still squeak quite loud in wet conditions, which is quite annoying. Is ...
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Are there devices to moderate speed on mountain descents without braking?

In my neck of the woods there are some mountain descents that are pretty substantial: say 600 meters vertically averaging 7% grade, with lots of curves and other obstacles like potholes. Typically the ...
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Replacing 'cone nuts' on a damaged coaster brake

I'm attempting to refurbish a bike that I was given, it has a (not sure what brand) coaster brake, which according to sheldon brown's site has a peculiar kind of cone nut. The wheel might be 10 years ...
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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 ...
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Disk brake has never worked properly from new, pads replaced - still rubbish!

I've got Shimano hydraulic disc brakes and ever since I've had the bike (from new) the front brake has never worked properly. It used to squeak really loudly and perform badly but I assumed they just ...
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How do I bleed Avid Elixir brakes

My bike has a set of Avid Elixir R hydraulic brakes. The front brake barely goes on when I pull the lever and the back brake feels pretty soft. I think I need to bleed them. How do I go about doing ...
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Can i use v brakes on racing bike rims?

i fitted a set of cheap "thin" (racing bike size) rims with 32 mm tyres. the fork allows even bigger tyres to be mounted. is it a problem if i fit the bike with Deore LX v-brakes ? will it brake ...
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Stop my front brake lever screws from vibrating out?

One of the most common maintenance tasks on my Mongoose Tyax Super is to tighten a small screw in my front brake level. It shakes loose both due to use, and from a habit I picked up riding in ...
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What brand / model of brake is this modified U-brake?

I have been searching for a while, and I cannot find any information on my rear u-brake. It has served me well for many years (10+), and has a surprising amount of force. It's stronger than any ...
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In what ways is a dual pivot brake better than single-pivot?

How exactly is a dual pivot brake better than single pivot? Is it the travel, mechanical advantage, or what?
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Replace Ultegra 6600 STI lever

I need to replace my Ultegra 6600 right hand shifter as the ratcheting system is gone. The rest of the groupset is all the same 6600 series. I am having a hard time sourcing just a right hand side ...
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Adding disc brake to Trek 7.1 FX

I'm seeking advice on how to install disc brakes on the Trek 7.1 FX. Does the Trek 7.1 FX have the mount for installing disc brakes? Which disc brake option is better to go for, mechanical or ...
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The quick release on my shimano sora brakes pops open during braking

Occasionally, when using my bike with shimano sora brakes on the front and rear, the quick release will pop open during braking, reducing my braking power. Is there some way to prevent this? Is it ...
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Cane Creek Drop V cable compatibility

Are Cane Creek Drop V levers compatible with road brake cables or MTB brake cables? Specifically, road cables and MTB cables have different nipples that sit in the brake lever, and I need to know ...
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Cable/cord near brake level is extremely loose, brake doesn't work

When I press my left brake lever, nothing happens. I looked and the cable is loose. It comes completely out of the little silver thing on the left side of the handle. (left when looking at pic) The ...
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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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Do aluminum rims provide better braking than steel ones when wet?

When I upgraded the brakes on my bicycle recently, the shop asked if I wanted to also switch from my (chromed) steel rims to aluminum rims, saying the aluminum rims would provide better braking power. ...
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What rear brake should I get for a Surly Steamroller?

I recently acquired a Surly Steamroller (fixed gear bike). I want to ride is as a single speed for everyday use. I changed out the rear wheel and got one with a flip-flop hub. I'd also like to add a ...
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How could I have avoided this accident?

On Sunday I wanted to use my free day and I planned to do a half-day ride with my mountain bike. The weather wasn't really good, but at least it wasn't raining as the days before. I rode up a ...
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Where can I get a basic toolkit for bicycle - Walmart etc?

I want some basic things in toolkit (like oiling of chain, tightening of brakes etc). Where can I find them and how much does it usually cost? I want to buy one, so can you name the basic tools with ...
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Cantilever Brakes - Cyclocross

I've recently purchased a Cyclocross bike that's been great so far. I use it to commute and race. However, I don't find the cantilever brakes that came with it satisfactory. I'd like to switch them ...