Questions tagged [brakes]

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

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Better brake pads [duplicate]

I am frequently having to adjust my brakes because of brake pad wear. I do not have to do major braking. Are there other brake pads that wear longer that do not cost big bucks? Thanks, Andy
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Commuting and recreation scooter with handlebar brake lever

I am looking for a commuting / recreation scooter but have no experience of using one. I am very familiar with riding a bike and using handlebar-mounted brake levers. My budget is sub-£100 (GBP) and ...
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Brake problems (hope tech hydraulic)

My brake pads are stuck so I brute force them apart and when I finally put them back on and go to pull the lever it is extremely loose. When I let go it makes the pads completely close up and cause ...
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How can I install a front brake on this kids bike?

Coaster brakes are dangerous and confusing but they keep shipping kid bikes with them for some reason. How can I add a front brake to this bike?
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What's the strongest way to bond a cable stop to an steel frame?

I have a steel single speed bike and want to add a rear brake. All is good expect there is no cable stops on the top tube. I want to bond two cable stops to the under side of the top tube.
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Tektro Brake will not extend pistons after bleed

I bleed my brakes today and I'm not able to get my pistons to extend. They are current retracted, but nothing gets them back out even with the air bubbles removed. Also, the brakes have no tension. I ...
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Brake lever compatibility between disc and v brake

I bought a used bike that had no front brake lever or caliper. I am putting this one onCaliper and am wondering if I can use a lever from a v brake.
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What do I do if I get chain lube on my brake pads?

I was being extremely stupid and accidentally applied a little chain lube to my brake pads? I tried to sand them down a little and cleaned the disc rotor with rubbing alcohol, but the performance is ...
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Should I replace my disk brake calipers?

I have a pair of Shimano Deore BR-M615s on my mountain bike with about 3,000 miles and 5 years on them. Lately I've noticed that both brakes have too long of "pull" before providing braking. ...
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Are Magura HS33e levers compatible with HS22 brakes?

I plan to convert a bike with Magura HS22 hydraulic brakes to electric. Thus I would like to replace the brake lever by one having the controller output to stop the motor while braking. From my ...
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Disc brakes are squeaking

I bought a new bike that has mechanical disc brakes. They were squeaking really hard. I tried aligning the caliper. Now the squeaking noise is gone form the front brake, but not from the back brake. I ...
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Adjusting brake pads

When I use the adjustment screw to adjust how far the pads are away from the rim, neither side moves the pad. Is there a fix?
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Uneven wear on brake pad

This is one of my rear v-brake pads. The wear is rather uneven. Is the wear normal?
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Adjusting brakes

I am having a very hard time adjusting my rear brakes. I have a lower priced mountain bike. If I adjust it to where it grabs the rim tightly, it slows my bike down due to the resistance from the brake ...
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Why does my brake housing keep breaking

Okay so i have standard "Bmx U" brakes. I've noticed the inner housing is passing the little stopper that is on the housing. (They were all new housings and this is my second housing this ...
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Hydraulic brake lever doesn't return after being released, dependent on weather

I have a pair of second-hand Shimano ST-RS685 hydraulic brake levers / shifters. Unbeknownst to me they hadn't been used for a year and had quite a bit of dirt / grit inside, which I've cleaned to a ...
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Broken rear brake - told it was unfixable

I have an older model Trek mountain bike. I took it to the shop for an annual tuneup and they called me to say that the rear brake broke off the frame and that it can't be fixed. The entire brake is ...
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Converting hand brake to coaster brake

Can my Schwinn Meridian adult tricycle (one speed) with handle front an rear brakes be converted to coaster brake? Local bike shops have said yes if I could find a Schwinn conversion kit I have search ...
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Leaking fluid from hydraulic brake caliper

Shimano BR-M355 rear caliper. I've very quickly managed to contaminate three sets of brake pads through fluid leaking (I think) from the bleed nipple. I've twice taken advice from local bike shop who ...
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Which brake pads for these old cantilever brakes?

I need to replace all the brake pads on these old Mafac cantilever brakes on my bike. I have currently a mix of the original style and a modern replacement. I went to a local bike shop and they gave ...
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“Lock” brakes so that they are always active

I have mechanical disc-brakes on my mountain bike. I am wondering whether it is possible to have the brakes activated without me pressing the levers.
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I want to switch my front and back brakes

I want to switch my brakes to have the front brake be on the right and the rear on the left? How do I detach the cables and reattach to the opposite lever?
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Front brake won't respond until fully engaged

A bit new to cycling so please pardon my ignorance. All was fine on my bike up until the other day when I engaged the front brake and nothing happened. I had to fully squeeze the brake until it was ...
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Are there any good reasons not to remove cantilever brake bosses in order to fit calliper brakes?

I have a steel bike, with cantilever brakes. I much prefer calliper brakes. I'm planning to get the frame resprayed. Maybe this isn't such a great idea, but I'm wondering about having the cantilever ...
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I want to add a front caliper brake to a bike with only coaster brake - is this safe?

The store says "Your bike would require drilling through the crown of the front fork in order to mount the brake caliper. This procedure would compromise the structural integrity of the fork, and ...
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Unfixable brake disk rubbing

I ride a Rabeneick TS5 2017 Alfine 8, bought in 2018, with about 5000km on it (mostly commuting on asphalt, in all weather (mostly dry), some easy forest trails). It has BR-M395 hydraulic disk brakes ...
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How can I determine what postmount I need for my fork / rotor for front and back

I am planning to purchase Shimano Saint BL-M820 + BR-M820 hydraulic disc brake set for my Specialized Stumpjumper Comp and I have no idea what post-mount to buy since I changed my fork and I am pretty ...
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Do hydraulic road brake levers exist that do not include shifters or dropper post buttons?

I have a single speed bike (Genesis Day One ~2013) with mechanical disc brakes. I would like to upgrade to hydraulic disc brakes. Do hydraulic road brake levers exist that do not include shifters or ...
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Will an Shimano M8000 brake lever blade fit a M8100?

Will an Shimano M8000 brake lever blade fit a M8100? I broke my left blade, it's a Shimano XT M8100. I can only seem to find the replacement M8000 part. I don't want to replace the whole unit, seems ...
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What type of brake is this? Adjustment questions

Is it a side pull brake? I am trying to match this brake to the Park Tools videos on YouTube. This brake seems closest to a side pull brake in this video, but that video mentions a double nut at the ...
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How to replace lever adjustment knob on guide r brakes

I broke the lever pull adjustment knob on my guide r brakes is there a way to replace this knob? Or any hacks that can be done to put it to maximum reach?
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Braking one-handed to signal down steep traffic-heavy slope

I've just recently picked up biking and will be cycling to work when I start in a few weeks. One thing that's really bothering me on my route is a very steep hill that gets very busy during rush hour. ...
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MAFAC RAID brakes top mount part?

What is the name of this part/mount/adapter that mounts an old school center pull brake to the top of a rear bridge? This is a 1970s MAFAC RAID on a LeJeune Tandem. I'm trying to find an adapter to ...
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Is there any way to save disk brake pads once they've gotten even a little bit of mineral oil on them? [duplicate]

I did a frame swap recently and my front brakes are now screeching loud and not as powerful as they were on the other frame. This leads me to believe that I must have gotten some mineral oil or other ...
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How to adjust brake level movement on hydraulic brake?

My bicycle has Tektro Auriga hydraulic disc brakes. I can adjust how far the level stitches out with a small screw (see here, figure c2). I was wondering if it is possible to adjust how much the ...
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Threaded bleed port - 105 7020 shifter

In attempting to bleed my Shimano 105 hydraulic disc brakes, I seem to have threaded the bleed port so the screw no longer tightens. Screw is fine in the other shifter, and same issue when using screw ...
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Upgrading the brakes on a Giant Anyroad 2 2015

I am looking to buy some used Giant Anyroad 2 2015. The groupset is already upgraded to Shimano 105 2x11, with cassette 11-34t. Crankset are Tiagra. Everything look fine, except the brake, which still ...
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How to adjust rear brakes on this bicycle?

Background Because I just cannot ask a question without a textwall of unnecessary context. This is my old bike. It's somewhere between 20 and 25 years old; the last 15 of which were spent on my ...
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Changing my All City Mr. Pink to disc brakes [duplicate]

Interested in changing to disc brakes on my bike. I hear they're a lot better, although I am rather new to this sport and this (Mr. Pink) is my first road bike. Any insight on the process of switching ...
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The brake lever of Shimano's BL-MT200 is too long for me, can I modified it to a shorter one?

The brake lever of Shimano's BL-MT200 is too long for me, can I modify it to a shorter one?
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How do I fix my front wheel that’s hitting my brakes?

I’m totally new to bike maintenance and I know next to nothing about it. I was on a bike ride the other day and noticed it was abnormally difficult to ride. I got off and saw that the front wheel was ...
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How does this brake calliper securing nut arrangement work?

This comes from a set of Weinmann Type 370 calliper brakes. The two nuts you see are normally firmly located inside the plastic hood, not as they are shown. I think they are intended to function as ...
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Front V-brake not working

My V-brake isn't working and I am not sure how I can fix it. I have uploaded a photo of it. Any advice or tips?! I think the flange might have come off the noodle and got stuck in the boot - any tips ...
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Front brake is nearly impossible to squeeze, and and the brakes also wont release [closed]

I'm having trouble with the brakes on a bike I just bought from someone used. The front brakes are pretty much impossible to squeeze with my hand, (and I played college tennis I have pretty decent ...
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Vertical front brake pads

My daughter received a brand new bike. It came preassembled. The brake pads are oriented vertically. Is that correct?
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Does it support disk brakes?

I found these holes (as in the pictures) and wanted to know if it supports disk brakes or not. I am upgrading the whole thing and calculating a budget. Thank you in advance :)
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Shimano BR-RS505 brake caliper retainer screw stuck

My bike has a set of Shimano BR-RS505 hydraulic brakes and the rear pad axle, datasheet item 10, just won't budge. The flathead screw stripped a little when I tried to release it and I didn't go any ...
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I require advice on a recurring problem with my brakes

I've had a bike with hydraulic brakes for about six months now, and have a problem with the brake just losing power. I think it's fluid being lost. This is a question I asked earlier Something wrong ...
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Is it possible to use cantilever brake pads with caliper brakes?

Pretty much what the title says. I have an unused set of threaded post brake pads designed for V-/cantilever brake mechanisms (DIN EN 14766 if you're curious). Can I safely use these in a more modern ...
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Can I swap my Saccon Altex calipers with Campagnolo Veloce

I have a vintage Vitus 787 I'm restoring. The Saccon Altex calipers (http://velobase.com/ViewComponent.aspx?ID=e346b35c-c5bb-4f9b-8840-8f58bdbabda0&Enum=117) it came with don't return to their ...

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