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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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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 ...
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Interoperability of hydraulic disc brakes and levers between model lines/manufacturers

My bike came with Shimano Deore XT M765 hydraulic disc brakes and Shimano Deore XT M756 hydraulic levers Dual Control units. I wonder whether the calipers from one manufacturer can be connected to ...
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How to hold brake

How can I hold this brake? I can’t hold it on the holds because of the angle of the brake and the nature of it being an old brake. I know that the suicide levers are dangerous so I’m confused about ...
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Coaster brake on my 3 wheeler

I installed a coaster hub on my 3 wheeler when I pedaled backwards it only stopped the bike From going backwards but it still continued to roll forward. What happened?
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how do I re-attach hand brake cable between hand brake and pads?

When I try to hook up cables between hand brake and pad and squeeze the hand brake lever the cable detaches again
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Is cantilever rear cable hanger supposed to move?

The question is somewhat related to this one. I have cantilever brakes with this rear Tektro hanger (but the hanger itself instaled downwards): The problem is, when I brake the hanger rotates, which ...
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Purpose of barrel adjuster on Travel Agent?

I mistakenly bought the version of the Travel Agent (by Problem Solvers) without the barrel adjuster, and I’m just wondering if I need it. What’s the barrel adjuster used for? My bike has reverse ...
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How to find a model number that replaced an old Shimano part

Is there some listing of Shimano component model numbers that can help me find a currently-manufactured part that is equivalent to an old model number that is no longer being manufactured? In ...
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Please help me identify this brake pad type

What is the proper name for this type of brake pad? Thanks
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What is the deal with serrated/non-smooth rim sides on a bike wheel?

I recently decided to replace the rear wheel on my road bike since I couldn't disassemble the old Helicomatic freewheel I now have a new rim, which oddly has slightly serrated sides (I'll add a ...
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How much does a front wheel last with disc brakes vs calipers?

I've read that the calipers end up "eating" the rim. How many km in the city or touring (with a normal use of the brakes) does it take to destroy a rim? Is it something to worry about? Considering ...
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Jaqwire KEB vs Shimano DA Brake Cables [closed]

Looking to replace my brake cables/outers on my CX bikes (105 brifters and TRP Spyres brakes). Both outers (front and rear) run the full length (shifter to brake) on my CAADX so there’s a lot of outer ...
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Rear Wheel Brakes

I bought a secondhand Scott mountain bike with a hydraulic braking system. The front brake is dead but the rear feels like it is skidding. The brake lever is also a bit loose. What could be the ...
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Is there a wheel which can use both disc brakes and rim brakes?

Could I buy such a wheel, or would I just have to build it? I've heard disc-wheels won't take the punishment from normal brakes. Edit: I want to get new wheels, and I want to be able to swap them ...
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How should disc brake rotor size scale with wheel size?

I was wondering whether 20" wheels can get away with smaller rotors than 28" wheels, and if there is a correlation, if it is linear. If it was linear, then 140mm discs on a 20" wheel would be ...
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How to configure an Avid Speed Dial brake

I got this brake lever on my new bike and I am looking help how to configure this. I do not know what purpose the red screw has on the top I reckon this has something to do with the name "Speed Dial" ...
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Tektro Draco hydraulic disc brake not gripping rotor well enough to stop

I have two Motobecane commuter bikes with Tektro Draco hydraulic brakes. For several years we lived an apartment where the bikes had to hang vertically on a wall which would cause the brakes (...
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Coaster Brake for kids

I bought my 3 y/o son a new BMX bike and found out only after that they do not have a coaster brake. They do have two hand brakes, one for the front wheel and one for the rear. I would like to know ...
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What type of Hayes hydraulic brake is this?

I am having trouble finding out which brake set from Hayes this is. I think they are from around 2003 or so. The brake levers were spray painted and I can't see anything about them anywhere. I'm ...
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Brake pads from new dual pivot calipers dont reach the rim in the rear wheel

I bought a bike exactly like this one some time ago (bonvelo, a small company here in germany): I wasn't really happy with the brakes so I decided to search for a good used ones. I found a good offer ...
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Can this damage to my brake mounts be repaired?

So, I tried to take some brakes off of a bicycle to change my old-style callipers with V-brakes; the results were not good. One of the "heads" or "lugs" was so caught in brake itself that I managed ...
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Left Brake Lever Slack

First attempt at a bike tuneup. Day 2. I just replaced the front brake pads and finally got them with enough space so there is no rub on the rim. Now I squeeze the right brake lever and it applies ...
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V-brake caliper arm not retracting after hard braking

When breaking lightly it doesn't happen, however when clamping hard it gets stuck. Whenever I bring the bike to a complete stop I have to manually un-jam it. Here's a video:
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How do I properly install pads into a Shimano BR-M365 disk brake caliper?

I've been an idiot. I took them off the bike this morning, and there's nothing left - the springs have been bent back and stripped off, and that strange 'rubbing' noise I've heard from the back wheel? ...
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RIm brakes squealing in wet conditions

I have rim brakes on my fairly new bike which I ride to work every day. An issue I have with this bike is that the front rim brake starts squealing as soon as the conditions are slightly wet. There is ...
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Brake Pads for 2001 Huffy Solstice Mountain Bike (Top1 mechanical disc brake) [duplicate]

I bought a Huffy Solstice Mountain bike here in Australia in 2001 from Kmart in Castle Hill Sydney. Have not been able to find any information on it anywhere. Needs new disc pads for the Top 1 230 mm ...
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V Brake Arm Stuck on Post

I picked up a frame a week ago and the guy said that he had it for about a year or so. And he told me that both brake arms were stuck on the brake post. But I tried so many ways to pop these suckers ...
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Raleigh Alpine 4.2 Shimano front wheel and rear brakes assembly

Hi I recently purchased a Raleigh Alpine 4.2 Shimano. I am having a bit of difficulty with assembling the bike. Would anyone be able to assist with fitting the front wheel. I have included pictures ...
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Why does my brake cable keep on coming out of my brake handle?

I think I braked too quick on a slope and the brake cable came out of the brake handle so my front brake doesn't work. What do I do to fix it?
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How necessary are barrel adjusters?

In the process of getting the slack out of my rear brake cable, the "cap" on the insulated part of the cable pulled out of the barrel adjuster. While monkeying around trying to get that part of the ...
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Caliper adjuster for Shimano 600 brakes

I have a pair of 1980s Shimano 600 brake calipers that look very similar to this From https://www.picclickimg.com/d/w1600/pict/253060189019_/SHIMANO-600-BR-6207-etriers-de-frein-brake-caliper.jpg ...
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V-brakes too weak

I bought a used bicycle that has v-brakes installed (I'm not sure they were there initially; maybe the previous owner replaced the brakes). Even after replacing the pads, I have a problem with them &...