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

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Bike pulses while applying the front brake. I'm unsure what the cause is

Once per rotation of the front wheel, when braking, the bike pulses under me. The brakes are calliper rim brakes. Swapping wheels out fixes the problem - so it is definitely wheel related The wheel ...
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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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How do I tell the size of my braking discs?

Looking to replace my hydraulic disc brakes but intend to use the old discs. How do I tell the size of the discs to ensure I purchase the right brakes?
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Avid juicy three piston popped out when bleeding without block

So, First time bleeding juicy three brakes. I bought a cheap bleeding kit, didn't use a bleed block and the piston was pushed out.Feel a little stupid now. Pushed piston back in and let the excess ...
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What kind of brake pads to use on carbon fiber road wheels from chinese manufacturer with basalt braking surface?

I am testing out some carbon road wheels and i want to make sure i use something safe. details of the wheels if it matters: 50mm clincher 23mm width 14mm brake line basalt surface DT350s hubs ...
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Disc brakes stop working after a wash [duplicate]

I washed my bike few days ago with soapy water. I didn't directly wash the brakes, but I assume I got some soapy water on them. Now my disc brakes do not work. I can see that cable is tight enough, ...
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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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Upgrade to disc brakes

I just got an older bike - a Schwinn Paramount Series 7 PGD OS bike. It has 26" wheels. What is required to convert to disc brakes? Any suggestions on which kit is best to get? Are there any ...
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How to loosen stiff kids brakes

My eldest son has a Hoy Bonaly 16" but we've always suffered with very stiff brakes. (https://www.evanscycles.com/hoy-bonaly-16-inch-kids-bike-EV203129) It has Tektro RX1 levers I've tried ...
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Hydraulic Disc Brake Pad Replacement

I have AVID Juicy Brake pads, the time has come to replace the front pads. The old pads are very worn. The new ones have lots of "pad" compared to the old ones, of course. I've tried to install the ...
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Disc brake clicking noise

I just took my rear tire off of my mountain bike that has hydraulic disc brakes (elixer5). When I put the wheel back on and started peddling it made a clicking sound. At first I thought it was the ...
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Tighten vision metron aero brake lever

I don't see the screw to tighten on the Vision Metron Aero Brake Lever How do I access tightening bolt?
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trying to tighten this loose brake lever, picture attached [duplicate]

Trying to tighten this loose brake lever, Vision Metron aero brake lever
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Will running hydraulic brake levers upside down affect performance [duplicate]

I purchased a pair of tektro draco disc brakes recently. They arrived with the hydraulic lines setup moto style, with the longer line run for the left brake lever and the shorter run for the right ...
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Did I purchase the correct brakes for my Huffy bike?

Did I purchase the correct bike brakes for my Huffy bicycle. I just put the back set on the back and no matter how hard I squeeze the brake it is not tight enough to stop bike. If anyone know please ...
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Shimano Nexus 3 coaster brake screeching sound

When I brake hard/er with my Shimano Nexus 3 coaster brake it makes a loud screeching sound. Like really loud, everybody on the street would hear it and turn around. Since I know it's all internal all ...
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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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Why aren't hub/drum/roller brakes suitable for touring?

I've got a Dutch town bike with Shimano IM80 roller brakes. They're brilliant. Maintenance free, clean, and effective. I've been looking at getting a long range touring bike for an initial 3 month ...
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Tektro Novela MD-M311 mechanical disc brake replacement [duplicate]

I have bought an electric mountain bike with Tektro Novela MD-M311 mechanical disc brakes and love the bike; however I find the brakes squeal quite badly, and I am looking at replacing the rotors and ...
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Piston problem, not responsive

I have SRAM Guide R hydraulic brakes. The problem is, the rear brake piston won't come out from the lever body. so I decided to bleed it but it's still less responsive even though I already ...
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Making my dream bike come true [closed]

my name is Benjamin and for quite some time now i have been riding my bicycle to college and other places. The bike i have now is only very simple but has saved as a great alternative for transport ...
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Internal Roller Brake Problem

I have Shimano Inter M Roller Brakes on my bike. I felt the rear brakes were a bit light after riding 800 or so KM (total mileage on my bike so far) so I thought maybe theres a bit of cable stretch ...
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Can a Shimano BR-M965 caliper be replaced with a newer one?

I run my little bike repair shop and a customer came to me with a bicycle with Shimano's Dual Control setup: http://www.cambriabike.com/StM966-BRM965-PreBled-Hydrlc-Disc-Brake-Kit-XTR-Grey-Fr-750mm....
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Bike rests on brake cable while racked

I bought a new bike and when I put it on my bike rack in my garage the arm of the rack sits on the rear brake cable, putting some tension on the cable. Could this cause brake problems and if so what ...
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Repairing center-pulled brakes

My bike has the old center-pulled brakes. Unfortunately the ropes for both brakes (front and back) broke, and I had to replace them. Now the small helper-ropes have no friction anymore on the main ...
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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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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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SRAM Guide brake lever won't return

I have an SRAM Guide brake (rear) that after bleeding, the brake lever won't return quickly. At room temperature, this is barely noticeable, but when the temperature climbs, or the bike is in the ...
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Can I run Aluminum Backed organic brake pads with Elixir Avid 5 Hydraulic system?

The old pads were steel. I bought the aluminum thinking they would disperse heat better but if it's going to cause a problem with the braking system I'll go back to steel at less than half the price.
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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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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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Adjusting Shimano STI Brakes

I just bought my first bike with Shimano STI Shift/Brake Levers. So far, I really like the feel. I cannot, however, figure out how to tighten the brake cables. I can find the barrels for tightening ...
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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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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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Burping v/s bleeding hydraulic disc brakes: is it safe?

I found a method for burping (get the air out of the circuit) hydraulic disc brakes in YouTube (see here). The method is: 1) Rotate/move the hand lever assembly until the reservoir cap is facing up ...
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one side of cantilever brake pads does not spring back

Same as this question one side of brake pad retention problem (i.e. attached to rim) but mine is a cantilever brake. The answer there doesn't work as mine doesn't have those screws and the brake ...
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Will the price of a bike go down if it doesnt have brakes? [closed]

Im selling my bike that is less than 2 years old from what the previous owner told me and I was gonna sell it for $300 (I paid $350) but I realized that it has no brakes (it came with the brakes ...
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How can a recumbent tadpole trike brake three wheels with only two levers?

So this is probably a terrible idea, but I was looking at recumbent tadpoles recently and it just clicked. I would have two brake levers but three wheels. I would need to have to... 1.) Calibrate the ...
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How to convert a multi-speed bike to single-speed with coaster brake?

Now I don't want to take all the credit for this bike, but I'm pretty sure Trek must've lovingly had me in mind when they made this. I mean come on. This bike is awesome. Buying their beach cruiser ...
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Why does my brake keep pinging out and almost killing me?

My back brake (top picture) is clamped down, as it should be. The quick release on the front won't stay down. I have tried loosening the cables, tightening them, nothing works. As you can see in the ...
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My v-brake lever (just one) is stiff. What's wrong?

After tuning my brakes a lot (I was learning how) I noticed suddenly my back brake got really stiff. Does't really matter if the cable is loose or not, the lever itself feels really hard to pull when ...
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When replacing brake pads, brake loses its grip

I wanted to replace my front wheel disc brake pads (Shimano BR-M785). For the purpose, I removed the front wheel and removed the existing pads. Then I tried to place the new pads and found out the ...
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Little rear rotor clearance

I have just test fit my wheel on a Litespeed T5gravel that I'm building and I see there is less than 1mm of clearance between the rear rotor and the chain stay. The rotor is currently a 160mm avid ...
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V-Brake brake blocks non-centred posts

I just bought some Clarks CPS301 Brake Blocks (V-Brake brake blocks). The threaded posts are positioned slightly off-centre, towards the front. This is different from my old, unbranded ones where the ...
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My rear wheel isn't properly spinning. How can I tell whats wrong?

I'm just getting back into cycling after a long hiatus. My bike is a little old and worn and its got some issues. The biggest one is the rear wheel. My rear wheel spins, but it seems to be off center....
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Why are disc brakes rare on road bikes?

Window shopping for road bikes, can't see many that have disc brakes, any reason for this?
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How do we understand if caliper brakes can be installed on the frame?

I have a hybrid bike and I am converting it to drop bars. My problem is, as I am going to install STI's, I need to change brake system as well. I am using V brake types, how can I understand if I ...
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9 speed Shimano shifter with 7 speed drivetrain

Can I use a 9 speed shifter with a 7 speed drivetrain, with good shifting and without needing complex adaptations? I am considering that as an alternative for this need: Using only the brake lever, ...
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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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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 ...