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If I am using Bar End Shifters, is there a compelling reason to change the old brake levers?

I have old dull aluminum break pulls on dropbars with suicide levers. The new brakes are Tektro long reach. Should I change the levers? If so what is a good quality/price lever to buy?
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How to tell if a new pair of brake calipers will fit my wheel, tire, and frame?

I have a Takara Kabuto. It has 700x32 tires (I don't really know what that means). I was looking at upgrading the brake calipers. I was looking at these, among others. How do I tell if they will ...
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Cantilever brakes for older narrow fork bosses (55mm)?

I have an 80s cyclocross frame I am restoring. The fork's cantilever bosses are spaced at 55mm - much narrower than the modern standard (around 70mm I believe). I tried to fit a pair of Tektro ...
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changing disc brake pad material while keeping same rotors

I would like to know what effect changing the material of a set of disc brake pads would have on the rotors if you kept them the same. for example, If I have resin pads and have been using them for ...
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Are my brakes too close to the rim?

I like having my front brakes very close to the rim (see image) as it makes it much easier to brake, especially when on the hoods or long descents. I recently swapped to Continental GP4000 25mm tires ...
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Rear brake pad clearance problem on '06 Specialized Langster

I have a 2006 Specialized Langster, size 50cm. I replaced the brake calipers years ago with older-style Shimano 105 single-pivot sidepull brakes. The brakes have never been very powerful. Worse yet, ...
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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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When i pull my brake handle the mechanical caliper will grab then release

My rear brakes will grab a little then release all together. I had tightened by cable at the brake handle so I loosened it but it still does the same. It is a Trek mechanical disk brake.
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Sun Tour Cyclone brake levers and brake cable housing

I have a vintage road bike with Sun Tour Cyclone single-pivot calipers, with Cyclone levers. I recently had the front brake cable housing "detach" from the brake lever. It appears to have a large ...
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Retrofit lockout for a suspension fork?

I am new for cycling. I am searching for bikes on which I will ride mostly on roads, but also on terrains/mountains occasionally. After doing a few researches online, I finally decided to buy a hybrid ...
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Is there a reason for brakes to be reversed in bikes with Hydraulic Brakes?

I recently bought a MTB with Hydraulic Disk Brakes, and am finding really hard to adjust with the braking system. From the very beginning I was cycling with Front brakes on right hand. But now its ...
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When do I know the drum brake is at the end of life and needs replacement?

I have a city bicycle with a drum brake. Since the breaking parts of the system are inside the drum I can't see if it is worn out or not. Are there any indicators that give that information or at ...
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Adjusting brake rub on a mini-v brake (Giant Propel)

I have a Giant Propel and the front left brake is constantly rubbing and sticking against the wheel. I've tried adjusting the bolt highlighted below, which I believe is the spring tension, but ...
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Convert v-brake to disc brake? [duplicate]

I have a Scott Scale 960 Mountain Bike and would like to replace the existing block brakes to Discs. The frame and wheels are compatable but what I am not certain about how is the wheel position ...
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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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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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Buying Brakes for custom kick scooter with 12" diameter bmx wheels

I need to buy brakes for a custom kick scooter. The steel tubing of the entire frame is 1" in diameter. How do I know what size brakes to buy?
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Why don't road bikes use v-brakes?

In my experience, linear pull brakes (v-brakes) have more stopping power than other types of cantilever brakes (let the flames start ;). Modern road bikes always come fitted with dual pivot brakes. ...
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Why don’t fixed gear bikes have brakes?

It seems to be assumed you will not have any brakes on a fixed gear bike, why?
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Dropout check/Components check Help a boy live his coaster dream!

1.) This is a 1989 Cannondale SM2000, is that a good derailleur? 2.) Will these dropouts suffice for a coaster brake? What if I over-shorten the chain? Do-able?
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Brake hard on new cycle

I saw someone after buying a new bicycle (a hybrid), pulled the brake as hard as he could for few seconds and dragged the cycle along while braking like that, 1 brake per centimeter. Why did he do ...
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Specialized Rock Hopper (1987) - Service

I was wondering if anyone might have a service manual of some description for a vintage Specialized Rock Hopper(1987 - Yellow)? I have googled this for hours and hours and have tried contacting ...
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Peugeot rear brake location

I have a 1985 Peugeot P16 (mixte). The Weinmann 730 sidepull rear brake was located at the seatstay bridge. Q: Is it safe to relocate it to the gusset plate located behind the seat tube and attached ...
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Direct Pull (V-Brake) vs. Center Pull Cantilevers (pros and cons)

I am looking around for an old mountain bike to ride this winter (and this summer when it is wet). I was just browsing around and was curious what the difference was between Direct pull brakes: ...
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Why don't brakes come with 'Safety Levers' any more?

It used to be very common to see bikes with dual pull brake levers (if that's even the right name) as shown below. However now it seems almost impossible to find brakes like this. Even finding a ...
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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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What is the practical advantage of disk brakes over rim brakes?

Disk brakes are becomming more popular on bikes now, and I was just wondering what the advantage is of this type of brake over the older rim brakes.
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Fixing noisy V brakes

My V brakes make a lot of noise when I brake!! I am annoyed by such noise not to mention the pedestrians. My Mechanic said that it will not make those noise after using for couple of days, but it is ...
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Will disc brakes aggravate the problem with spokes pulling through the rim?

I am hoping that a mechanical engineer can give an educated answer to my question here. I am concerned about this because I have always had some trouble with spokes pulling through the rim on the rear ...
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Would rim brakes help a slightly bent rim?

After recently falling and bending the rim a bit I was wondering if forcefully applying the brakes while in motion help it straighten a bit? Might be my imagination but it seems much truer than ...
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Reverse center pull cantilever brakes (how to set up and issues)

Questions Q1. For rear cantilever brakes, are there any off-the-shelf parts or brake designs that route a rear brake cable from underneath the saddle cable instead of above? Q2. If not, then can ...
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Are road caliper brakes usually compatible with any model of lever/STI shifter?

I have a Specialized Allez 16 (2011) road bike with Shimano 2300 STI shifters and no-name brand caliper brakes. The brakes have always felt a bit mushy despite my best efforts at adjustment/replacing ...
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How to build surge brakes on bike trailer?

There are a couple of pretty good answers How to make a cargo trailer? after looking at them, the answer at What are the safety concerns of a high vs a low mount trailer hitch? doing some other ...
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does anyone sell bicycle trailers with brakes?

I recently was involved in a wreck, because I was unable to slow my trailer. I am thinking about building a refit kit to install breaks on a trailer, but I don't want to reinvent the wheel.
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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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Do cyclocross/interrupter/touring brake levers reduce brake performance?

I have bullhorn bars, with a Tektro cyclocross lever and a TT style bar end lever as well, operating rim brakes. The calipers are Tektro dual pivot. The pads are cartridge style pads (I don't have the ...
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Replacing old brake blocks with modern pads

I'm looking to freshen up a 60's Raleigh Sports that has the old standard brake blocks on it. If I able to put modern pads (http://www.koolstop.com/images/ks-bmxdl_art_lg.jpg) from a cantilever brake ...
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fixie brake lever

I've got a bit of a dilemma with regards to brakes on my fixed wheel bike. Currently I've got both brakes on, as standard road levers on the hoods of the drops, but now I'm running fixed instead of ...
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How to align rear v brakes

i have a bike that has v brakes on the rear wheel. Everytime i try to align the brakes after i ride and use a few times the rear brakes, one of the pads is rubbing on the rim. Please help as i have ...
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Is it possible to remove wheel without loosening the (V) brakes

I have a mountain bike with V-brakes and every time I get a puncture and need to remove the wheel to replace the inner tube, I have to use a hex/Allen key to loosen the brakes, otherwise I can't pull ...
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Are all side-pull road bicycle brakes compatible?

I'm new to road bikes, but have been building mountain bikes for many years. I purchased a cheap road bike (at BSO price level) which I am upgrading for fun. I'd like to upgrade the brakes to ...
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Rear disc brake question

I have a dynacraft next mountain ridge 26" bike & it already has a front disc brake but would I be able to add a disc brake to my rear wheel which previously had a v brake on it that I ripped off? ...
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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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Why do my disc brakes squeal when wet?

Picture the scene... It's just been raining and you are getting ready to commute home after work, you cycle out on to the tarmac, the scent of fresh rain on hot tarmac fills your nostrils, you notice ...
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why are my disc brakes shuddering

I have just replaced my disc brakes with avid bb5s. The braking is fine but there is a severe shudder, especially when braking hard. Any ideas? Thanks for your responses but I have solved the ...
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Hydraulic disk brakes starts braking after pulling the half of the lever, how can I solve this problem with the brakes?

I have upgraded from v brake which starts braking immediately after pulling the brake lever, but in my new bike the brakes starts much later after pulling the lever. What problem it may have? I am ...
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How to reset pistons after replacing brake pads

I recently replaced the brake pads of a Tektro Dorado system. But now I cant hardly turn the wheel, the clearance between pads and disk is too small. Bleeding wont help, that's only to remove air. The ...
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Persistent front wheel squealing: Replace the fork? Switch to disk?

I have a Cannondale touring bike from the early 2000s that I use as my daily commuter. With the stock cantilever brakes and original front wheel, I had a lot of front brake squealing. I did 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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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 ...