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

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What is causing my disc brakes to loosen when it rains?

I have Tektro Aquila disc brakes, and I have recently noticed that the brakes need tightening every time it rains. I don't see mention of this model in Are there any major outstanding recalls of ...
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Easy mounting brake calliper on a Lefty

So I have this second hand Canondale lefty MTB which I love very much. Rode it around home in the woods, but now I visit more and more events and I need to transport my bike by car to the event. ...
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Hayes Sole Disk Brakes, adjusters stiff/seized?

Second hand bike, my first time encountering Hayes Sole brake calipers. My brakes front and back have gone a bit weak so I wanted to tighten them up a bit. Each side of caliper has an allen key ...
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Rear wheel is not locking when I am braking

So when I put my rear brake on my wheel doesn’t fully stop (skid) and I can keep on pedalling when I have got it full on. And then the same happens with my front brake, I can have both of them ...
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Hydraulic disc brake too loose

I recently replaced my brake pads on a Tektro M285 Hydraulic Disc. After replacing them I pumped the levers so it would go back into place but after a bit of pumping, I noticed that it only adjusted ...
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Jitter/Sticks on Coaster Brake Hub Wheel

I am having a major problem trying to get my Coaster Brake Hub reassembled properly... I've tried with 2 separate wheels, different components and all. Here's a video of the problem: ...
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What is best for your brakes when stopping at the bottom of the hill?

You are at the top of a hill and want to stop at the bottom. What is best for your brakes so you don't wear them down: brake continuously; or brake when you reach the bottom?
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Disc brakes 29 inch bike [duplicate]

I have a 2018 se big flyer and it has regular v brakes i was wondering if I could upgrade to disc brakes in front and back. I have look other places but no has anything to convert it.
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Is it ok for a kid's bike to only have a front brake?

My wife picked a bike (with trainer wheels) for my 3yo son. It only has a front brake. Having gone over the handlebars once when I was just using the front brake, I'm a bit worried about this. Should ...
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Looking for a replacement parking brake for kids bike trailer

We were gifted a bike trailer for our kid and it is in great condition and was working perfectly up until I broke the parking brake handle. I am having difficulty finding a replacement so am hoping ...
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Could I have the brakes changed?

I have a Flying Cat brand electric bike. It is the Style City model. Currently it has V-Brake SHIMANO AV/AR. Full details of the bike are here: http://www.flying-cat.fr/velo-ville-electrique-style-...
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6-bolt vs centre-lock: pros and cons?

I am having a new set of wheels built, and am trying to decide on whether to go with 6-bolt or centre-lock rotor interface. What are the pros and cons of the two systems?
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Upgrading from TRP to Shimano disc brakes

My wife purchased an Ultegra 8020 groupset for my birthday present. Unfortunately the brake calipers do not line up with the mounts on the frame, fork is 74mm, frame is 51mm. Are there adapters so I ...
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Can I go from post mount to flat mount disc brakes

I have post mount TRP Spyre calipers, how can I upgrade to flat mount Ultegra calipers? are there adapters available? I've only seen adapters for flat to post.
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Can't get the front brakes to stop these style bikes

I started working for a company assembling bikes and I get paid by the piece which is usually fine till I get to this one bike. The front brakes just never hold no mater how tight I get them. Is it ...
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Replacing/Upgrading brakes on ‘80s Peugeot road bike

I have a Peugeot road bike that I commute on every day. I’m not sure of the exact model, but from some digging around online I believe it is a 1986 or so. It has single pivot side-pull brakes, Shimano ...
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Formula Oro K24 (rear) replacement/upgrade compatability

I need a rear hydraulic disc brake for a 160mm rotor which is still in good condition. Are there any particular levers which would match up well with the Formula K24 Oro? My front brake is fine. I'd ...
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Should internal brake cables use ferrules at the entry point to the frame?

I recently got a titanium frame with internal cabling. The holes where the brake housing enters the frame are just big enough to fit a ferrule. Should I use ferrules or is it OK for the cable housing ...
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IS mount facing?

I am currently trying to convert my bike to disc brakes. The internet advises to face the IS mount on the frame, because it is coated with paint. Usually this would be no problem, because the actual ...
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Bike brake bleed question

so after bleeding my Tektro mineral oil brakes, the brakes appear to no longer be functional. when I depress the lever until it touches the handle bars. I am still able to spin the wheel. I think it ...
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Disc brake performance fluid

I own a mountain bike with mechanical disc brakes that seriously lack stopping power. I've tried tweaking things and replacing pads but always fell short on performance. I ride more on the road but ...
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Side pull rear brake is weaker after changing the cable

I bought an old city bike (and I think I overpaid for it) and after a couple of weeks both front and rear brake cables snapped the same day. It has side pull brakes. I changed both of the cables, but ...
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How to create tension in old upright handle bar levers / U brakes?

I have an old bike with a front brake "Weinmann Symmetric". It was not working very good as it stood in a garage for 20 years. I bought a new cable and new brake pads. I tried to pull as much as ...
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Disc brakes don't work at all

I recently purchased a brand new mountain bike with disc brakes. It's only been a few months of riding and the brakes have stopped working to the extent that I can still ride (with effort) while fully ...
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Which rotors and do I need lock rings

I'm upgrading wheels on a cross bike. My new wheels are centerlock disc whereas current ones are iso 6-bolt, so I have to buy some new centerlock rotors. I'm confused about the lock rings. Shimano ...
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Hydraulic disk brakes vs hydraulic rim brakes

I am considering buying a new bike and have two models in mind. One features hydraulic rim brakes from Magura and the other has hydraulic disk brakes. Despite searching on the Internet and asking bike ...
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How to prevent brake quick release from opening on rough roads?

On rough roads or when there is a lot of vibration, the quick release on my front brake will sometimes pop open. Is there a way to prevent this from happening? If it helps, the bike is a 1995 Trek ...
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Lever pulsates while braking

I installed a new front float rotor, the ones that you can get from AliExpress. I have Deore XT brakes. While using the front brake the lever moves back and forth while pulling it. I inspected ...
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Are disc brake post mount adapters compatible for both front and rear?

Post mount (PM) is a standard of brake mounts. Adapters are used to suit larger rotors. When I go to a shop, I see that apparently there are versions labelled as front or rear specific. On the other ...
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Are these extra holes on the frame for disc brakes?

My mtb (SERIOUS Rockville), which currently has rim brakes, has these holes at the back of the frame and I am trying to understand their use. Are these for disc brakes? Are these for disc brake ...
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Can I combine two pm break mount adapter?

I think about upgrade my shimano rear brake disc from 180 to 203 mm. The mount system is a pm 160 direct, meaning I currently already have a pm 180mm adapter. Weirdly, I couldn't find an adapter for ...
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Why aren't there mechanical energy recovery brakes?

As opposed to electric regenerative brakes on eBikes or flywheel KERS (flywheel = lots of weight) Why is a mechanical solution not feasible? For example: Pull brake lever Clutch on rear wheel ...
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Rear disk brakes stopped working in Trek DS 2

I have recently bought my first disk brake bike and after having the first ride, I noticed a slight rear disk brake rubbing noise. So, next day I decided to have a look and reposition the brake. Since,...
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1970's Gitane Gypsy: Brakes and types I can Use Shimano: ULTEGRA R8000

I want an updated brake system for Gitane Gypsy (1970's frame). Some braking types have descriptions that indicate "short reach caliper', which, is eponymous with its name I’m sure, however, I want to ...
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How to decelerate during long downhill rides and avoid brake glazing

I mostly ride touristic style, and its not uncommon descents of few hundred meters or even 1000 meters (vertically, usually average gradient is around 5-10%). What's the best technique to brake to ...
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Coaster brake heat management and lubrication

I've heard that coaster brakes can reach high temperatures, so it desirable to use grease designed for high temperature applications. My questions are: Would a grease labeled max 220 °C be good ...
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Giant Defy 2018 front brake cable routing problem

I have a feeling that there is something very obvious I am missing. Just got my Giant Defy Advanced 2. Fitted the front wheel and found the way the front brake cable is routed means it is in the ...
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Brake cable end anchor, which metal?

Does anyone know from which material these brake cable end caps (anchors) are made out? Is it lead, some galvanized metal or something else?
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What tools do I absolutely need to replace brake cables?

I'm happy with the job I did replacing the drivetrain on my road bike, and I'm ready to tackle replacing the brake cables. Unfortunately, I did a little research and it's been suggested that I need a ...
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Shimano Hydraulic Disc Brakes vs Tektro Hydraulic Disc Brakes [closed]

My current bike has this brake set: "Tektro HD-M285 post mount hydraulic disc brakes with 160mm 6-bolt rotors and Tektro levers." I have read many places online that people prefer "Shimano M315, ...
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What are cheap options for an extra set of brake levers for mechanical disk brakes?

A quick question. I want to have an extra pair of brake levers for my mechanical disk brakes set at a different position on my handlebar(s), and I want the whole upgrade to cost as little as possible. ...
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Brakes won't release after being applied?

My son recently received a second hand bike with both hand and pedal (?) brakes. He had been using the pedal brake because the hand brakes for both the front and rear were too loose to work well. ...
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Reduced braking force in V brakes

I have a foldie which has always had bad/weak rear brakes, which keep getting worse. To preempt the response that they are expected to be weaker than front brake, this isnt a question about weight ...
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What did I just do? Fluid shot out of my handlebar when pushing my caliper in

I just bought a new road bike with hydraulic disc brakes, using a Shimano Ultegra R8020 Groupset. The pad was rubbing on the rear rotor and it wouldn't recenter when pumping the brake. The brake lever ...
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Different hub brake behavior when standing still and when moving

I recently switched to a bike having hub (roller) brakes and hub dynamo, so I am pretty new at this kind of brakes. I have noticed that if I pull the front brake lever when moving, the brake engages ...
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Shimano Inter-3 Hub coaster brake maintainance

When I brake with my Shimano Inter-3 hub coaster brake it makes a loud screaming sound. There is an indication on the hub where you should lubricate it but I do not get it, there is no hole/opening to ...
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Shimano BR-T4000 not compatible with frame pivot stud

I tired to replace v-brakes on my random cheap frame as spring regulation things started to fall apart. For replacement I picked front+rear set of Shimano BR-T4000 v-brakes because v-brakes are so ...
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Old Peugeot brakes not working in rain

I have an old Peugeot bike that's pretty awesome but the brakes are bad. In good conditions they are weak, and when wet they stop working entirely. I wasn't sure what the issue was with this, and ...
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Why would someone put drop bars on a bike upside down, with the brake levers pointing backwards? [duplicate]

A couple of time recently I've seen a bike being ridden near work with drop bars, but upside down and with the brake levers facing towards the rider. By upside down, I mean as if the stem bolts ...
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What to call bike brake levers with two gripping points?

I have a Schwinn Letour bike which has brake handles that can be gripped from two different points, but the whole brake handle is a singly body of metal, as can be seen here: I am wondering what this ...