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It’s really annoying in public places when I’m trying to stop my bike. Please explain

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    You should never lubricate your brakes – paparazzo Oct 20 '17 at 1:39
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Answer: NO

NEVER lubricate the friction surfaces of your brake system under any circumstances. There is NO time where this makes sense, ever.


Do check the duplicate question for answers on how to reduce squeal.

Or embrace it - I had some canti brakes that would make hideously loud noises under hard braking, but under gentle braking they were silent. After a while I realised that is really a feature, cos hard braking squeals is like a car horn and alerts people to a possible danger.

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    +! for answering the non dupe and safety related question "should I lubricate my brakes?" – Argenti Apparatus Oct 20 '17 at 10:55
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    The idea of duplicates is for users to go there. By not adding this to the duplicate you dilute the duplicate. Those users have no way of knowing to go here. – paparazzo Oct 20 '17 at 15:05
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    When I cycled as a teenager I was happy that the brakes squealed. They were louder than the asthmatic bell anyway. ;-) – Carel Oct 20 '17 at 18:17
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    @Paparazzi "brake squeal" is the dupe, and "should I lubricate my brakes" was the part of the question addressed by this answer. – Criggie Oct 21 '17 at 0:40
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    Was already the top comment. No big deal. – paparazzo Oct 21 '17 at 1:15

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