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Questions tagged [brakes]

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

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Do 2018's SRAM Guide R brakes have the same issues as older models?

Do 2018's SRAM Guide R brakes have any issues with temperature, brake stuck, piston stuck? Have SRAM fixed these problems of previous years? Official Guide R webpage
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What do I do about a hydraulic disk brake piston that won't retract correctly?

My dual piston Shimano XT brakes are acting strange... One piston won't return to the right place, so one brake pad can be rubbing all the time, which doesn't let my wheel spin freely... I have done ...
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How to build surge brakes on bike trailer?

There are a couple of pretty good answers in How to make a cargo trailer?. After looking at those, at the answer to What are the safety concerns of a high vs a low mount trailer hitch? and doing some ...
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What (kind of?) brake lever is this?

I'm curious as to whether or not anyone knows who makes this brake lever or if anyone makes one like it. I know the bike in the image is a Montreal-based company called Bassi that primarily sells ...
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How many miles will one set of drum brakes last?

I am looking for a complete maintenance schedule for drum brakes so I can find out how long they last. Adjustment Pad replacement Hub replacement And if that length of time is similar with coaster ...
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Why aren’t there more tricycles with rear disk brakes (between the two rear wheels)

Just curious if anyone has seen these before, it would be a rare bird. I'm looking for a trike where the mount for the rear disk brake is mid-axle between the two rear wheels. What are the technical ...
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Tried to replace bicycle brake housing. Broken cable?

I was attempting to replace my stock front v brake to a better aftermarket v brake everything went ok until I tried to test it and the brake cable end, the one that connects to the brake lever, will ...
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Best hydraulic brakes under £100 [closed]

I have recently just had a crash on my bike and was asking to see if anyone had any good ideas of which brakes I should get? as mine has snapped and can’t be fixed
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Older Shimano Road Brake Levers vs Newer Ones Quality (SLR vs Super SLR)

I'm owner of relatively new (non STI) levers of low Sora/Tiagra level, they are Shimano bl-r400 (Super SLR). Now i'm thinking of replacing them with pretty Dura Ace BL-7402 (SLR). These come from ...
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Single pivot brake with handlebar levers (Resurrecting an old Colnago)

I have an old Colnago I want to resurrect, which after some Google-ing I have discovered is very similar to the bike here (but in blue): I want to replace the drop bar brakes with "standard" brakes ...
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What type of lever of a hydraulic rim brake is this?

What is the manufacturer and the model of this brake lever of a hydraulic rim brake? I am puzzled because it's connected to a Magura hydraulic rim brake caliper, and there is a 11 on it - so I always ...
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Long-arm vs short-arm v-brake linear-pull brake: understanding the sizing

When a manufacturer's linear-pull brake comes in two versions, a "short-arm" (82mm) and a "long-arm" (108mm) where/how is that measurement taken? Is it merely the length of the brake from the tip to ...
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How can I adjust for uneven brake wear?

Well, my problems with brakes have turned out to be not an issue with pad longevity at all -- see the following picture: Note how the one pad is excessively "toe-in" worn. Here's a picture of the ...
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Connect Trekking Bike Brakes to Road Bike Lever

A family member will give me his old (high class) trekking bike. I like the bike a lot but would like to swap the steering bar for a road bike one, which I am used to and like a lot. Is it possible ...
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Mechanical disc rotor for CUBE MTB - front wheel : Shimano 559x17-21c

Seeking advice with regards to the size of disc brakes for front wheel. Cube mountain bike. Front wheel: Shimano 559x17-21c. Disc brake: Shimano brake disc sm-rt 10 Centre Lock 160mm Could you ...
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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 braking 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 least ...
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How to chose the correct hydraulic disc brake rotor size for touring bike?

I have ordered a Shimano Deore M6000 disc brake set. What rotor size should I chose for my touring bike? I am 85 kg and my bike is approximately 15-20 kg.
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How do I know what brake rotors to get for my bike?

In the next month or so I plan on getting the 2019 Trek Crockett 5 as a cyclocross/road bike. I will also be getting some nicer road wheels for the bike so I can swap out the wheels whenever needed. ...
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What brand / model of brake is this modified U-brake?

I have been searching for a while, and I cannot find any information on my rear u-brake. It has served me well for many years (10+), and has a surprising amount of force. It's stronger than any ...
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Fix pushchair brake wire with balls at both ends - can my idea work?

The problem is with a Jane Trider pushchair so it's not exactly a Bicycles question, I'd love suggestions for a better place to ask this. But all the parts are like on a bike, only they are attached ...
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What front brake caliper is compatible?

I have a fork suitable for short drop brakes and I have Shimano tourney brifters (ST-A070) with the gear cable coming out of the side of the hoods and the brake cable going under the bar tape. Which ...
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Flat mount brake caliper and rotor tolerances

So I was finishing my build today putting all pieces together on my Diverge 52 carbon frame when something come to my attention: the flat mount SRAM Red hydraulic brake calipers can barely clear the ...
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How do I adjust V-brakes that engage too abruptly

New bike and the front V-brake makes the wheel stop as soon as it is engaged. how should I adjust it to soften it up a bit. will adjusting the angle of the pad have an effect?
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Caliper brake — middle piece loose

I am putting my old cane creek 200 sl brakes on a different bike. I've had these brakes sitting around for awhile and I don't recall any problems the last time I had them on a bike. But, on this new ...
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Is there a reason for brakes to be reversed on bikes with Hydraulic Brakes?

I recently bought a MTB with hydraulic disk brakes, and am finding really hard to adjust to the braking system. From the very beginning I was cycling with the front lever on the right. But now it’s ...
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How do I prevent my hydraulic brakes from getting pressed/damaged when the wheels are off?

When I was buying my bike, the technician in the shop told me not to press the brakes when the wheels are off (detached), otherwise the brakes will get damaged (I don't know how). I need to detach ...
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How to replace Avid BB7 brake pads in “new” calipers?

How do you get new BB7 pads to install in the new caliper bodies? By "new" I mean the ones with the spring steel "cap" on the opening at the "top" of the caliper unit (the side opposite the axle). ...
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How to install flat mount road disc brake calipers on IS mount bike?

I have custom MTB frame and I bought a pair of Shimano Hydraulic road shifters. They have on Shimano BR-RS505 Road Hydraulic Brake Calipers Flat Mount when instead my frame takes standard IS 51 mount (...
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Issue replacing Avid BB7 disc brake pads

I just replaced the brake pads in my BB7 disc brakes for the first time. I read up, watched videos, til I grasped what I was doing, and tried more than a handful of times. On the front brake, I can ...
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Loctite and brakes

I bought a second-hand bike. It has linear pull brakes. There is a tubular mount made of steel with a male thread which screws into the rear triangle of the bike's aluminum frame. Each brake is ...
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Hydraulic disc brakes operating by themselves

When cycling up steep inclines on my mtb sometimes the rear disc brake comes on without me being anywhere near the brake lever. I can tell it's doing it as it's gradual and pedalling becomes difficult....
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My rear brakes squeal like crazy, but not when they are wet!

I am a new cyclist in Bonn, Germany. Someone gave me a free bike that is very nice, but the rear brakes squeal like crazy, and the weird thing is that when it rains and they are wet, they don't squeal ...
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Magura HS33 brake pads strongly pressed against rim, despite adjusting screw fully open. Too thick? Wrongly installed?

I have a Magura HS33 with EVO2 mount bought some years ago. I replaced my Magura HS33 brake pads. I have turned the brake lever adjusting screw as far open as it gets, but the brake pads are too far ...
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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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Best downhill braking method to avoid overheated rims?

I recently had one of my rims get really hot on a downhill. I had a problem with my front brake, and I had to use my rear brake only... I did short, hard stabs instead of lightly dragging it. I ...
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How to install pre bled brakes with internally routed frame

I have a 2017 Salsa Mukluk with an internally routed rear brake. I bought Shimano XT hydraulic brakes to replace the low end mechanicals that came on the bike. My problem is that the brakes came pre-...
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Hydraulic disc brakes stuck on new bike

I pulled the lever on a brand new hydraulic disc brake and the brake won't release. What's up ? The wheel was never removed and a brand new bike.
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What is the difference between I.S., post, and flat mount disc brake mounting standards?

What is the difference between "I.S." (international standard), "P.M." (post mount), and flat mount disc brake mounting standards? Does one have a clear advantage over the other and is there a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...