I'm planning on packing my bike for transportation with both wheels off. I have SRAM Apex disc brakes on the bike. What are the risks if ever the brake leavers get squeezed during transportation ?

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The risk is that you'll need to spread the pads before you can re-insert the wheels. You can get disc-brake spacers to keep the pads separate for transport, and I recommend using them.

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    Another risk is over-extending the piston and possibly leaking.
    – Criggie
    Commented May 19, 2021 at 20:13
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    Spacers can be anything that won’t contaminate the pad. E.g clean cardboard folded a few times and held in place with a rubber band. Ice cream sticks are about right too. Commented May 19, 2021 at 22:22

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