Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 174 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

Questions tagged [brakes]

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

0
votes
1answer
1k views

Shimano/third-party rotor compatibility with low end hydraulic brakes

Shimano say that their lower end hydraulic brakes (e.g., BR-M365) are compatible with 'wide' rotors. See http://productinfo.shimano.com/#/com/2.0?acid=C-461&cid=C-460 for details. Wide rotors ...
1
vote
4answers
2k views

Can I fit my normal brake levers to the curves of the dropbars?

I ride Firefox Rapide 21S, a hybrid bicycle. It has factory fitted flat-riser handlebars with Shimano EF500 levers for V-brakes with gear shifter integrated. I am an unprofessional rider, I always ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

How to fix small wobble in rear wheel?

My rear tire has a small wobble that I have not been able to get rid of. When you put the bike on its back, and spin the rear wheel you can notice that it moves about 3mm to one side once every ...
5
votes
1answer
326 views

What are the reasons for these two very different post mount adapter designs?

I'm looking to adapt my 160mm post mount front fork to accept a 180mm rotor. As I'm looking between adapters, I find them falling into two very distinct categories, and I'm wondering if there are any ...
6
votes
1answer
4k views

Can I use brake pads for carbon wheels with aluminum wheels?

I bought a bicycle with carbon wheels, and for training I purchased an aluminum wheelset. I have SwissStop brake pads. Can I use them with aluminum wheels? I don't care much if these pads wear out ...
6
votes
2answers
516 views

Wheel with Centerlock hub for disc brakes and rim for caliper brakes

Does it make sense to build a wheel with a hub with Centerlock for disc brakes and a rim for caliper brakes? My idea is to use the front wheel with a dynamo on two bikes, if I decide that I need a ...
2
votes
2answers
241 views

Is it OK if my brake pads are not “just” touching the rotor in my cable disc brake bike?

Mountain bike, cable disc brakes. My bike suddenly took a lot of effort to ride after maintenance. So I loosened the cable locking bolt and released more cable for my bike. It’s running much better ...
7
votes
4answers
376 views

Long post v-brake (or canti) shoes? (Canti studs not sufficiently inboard)

Someone built me a small, custom recumbent bike recycled from older bike frames. He did a generally decent job, but seems to have messed up placing the rear canti studs. They should have been spaced ...
3
votes
5answers
3k views

Redundant rear brake systems… does this exist?

On my bikes I find that I wear out the rear brake a lot faster than the front brake. In fact, I tend to avoid the front brake, and any time that I've used it exclusively, bad things would happen (like ...
4
votes
2answers
876 views

Minimize freezing of brake cables

Is there something I can spray on my brake cables to keep them from freezing up in cold weather? I want something preferably that will not attract dust. Brakes froze when temperature was 20 degrees ...
4
votes
3answers
356 views

Magura rim brake does not work well on a new rim

I have a bike with 20inch wheels and Magura HS11 rim brakes. On the rear wheel I have just replaced the rim, because the old one had split after many thousand kilometres. The new rim is an Alex DM24 ...
2
votes
2answers
420 views

Should V brakes be able to lock the front wheel?

I recently bought a folding electric bike for commuting by train, and braking has been a constant pain. The shop has adjusted them most weeks, I've never had a bike need this much adjusting, but they ...
1
vote
1answer
151 views

Shimano Dura-Ace 1st Generation Brake adjustment

I am trying to get my rear brakes to work properly but I do not understand how it works. I dissembled the caliper, cleaned each component (since the brake raked (?)). But now I have the problem that ...
5
votes
2answers
303 views

How to reassemble a completely disassembled brake caliper?

I have mechanical disk brakes in my XC bike and in the process of replacing the brake pads, I completely opened the insides of the brake caliper. There were three ball bearings and a spring attached ...
4
votes
5answers
5k views

Mechanical disc brakes lacking stopping power

I bought a carbon road bike about 4-5 months ago with Tektro Spyre dual pivot mechanical disc brakes. Love the bike except for the brakes :( Brakes are not too bad on the flat but when going ...
2
votes
2answers
417 views

Are my cable disc brakes knackered?

Well, I bought a bike called "Iron Horse" and the bike has front and rear mechanical disc brakes. The brakes, upon inspection, have no writing at all (The manufacturer was too scared to put their ...
1
vote
0answers
80 views

How much clearance do I need for cross levers?

I'd like to put cross (interrupter) brake levers on my drop-bar tourer, but I also like to use a bar bag. There is about 55 mm of space between my bars and the bar bag, measured horizontally. Will ...
0
votes
2answers
60 views

Can my cantilever brake pads not being centered lead to a problem?

I just watched a Park tool video on cantilever brake adjustment. The mechanic pointed to a small screw and said it was to center the brake pads but did not say why. Obviously two forces that oppose ...
8
votes
2answers
908 views

Is it normal for brake pads to emit an odor?

Not a duplicate of this one I think, circumstances are different. My bike has rim brakes. The last two day I have cycled on snowy ground, and at the end of the rides the brake pads where covered in ...
4
votes
2answers
2k views

What is the cause of my fork wobbling when applying the front brake?

When I apply the front brake of my bike it feels like the connection between the fork and the frame is loose and there is a one time movement. It happens every time I brake. The bike is new but it was ...
2
votes
1answer
221 views

Longer pivot bolt for the front road brake?

On a roadbike, I want to mount dynamo front light on the brake pivot bolt bracket (because my handlebar is occupied with gadgets, and because I want to use the handlebar bag which obstructs the light)....
-1
votes
0answers
89 views

Replacing v brakes with disc brakes on a bike having disc caliper install points [duplicate]

Hi! I have a Hercules Top Gear FX 100 18 speed MTB which has V brakes. This particular model also comes with dual disc brakes setup. However, when I bought it, the disc brake version wasn't available ...
1
vote
1answer
75 views

Clattering brakes on Liv Envie

My 2017 Liv Envie has 'V' style proprietary brakes (Giant Speed Control). Recently they've been making a clattering sounds when they engage the carbon wheel. This is happening on both the front and ...
5
votes
4answers
642 views

What are the brake housing stoppers on the end of the brake housing called (see pic)

My brake cable snapped while riding my (80s road) bike one day so I replaced it. After replacing I noticed that the piece fixing the housing to the brake was missing so that when I pulled the brake ...
4
votes
1answer
98 views

Alternative way for truing disc brake rotor after a couple of truing procedures

2 days ago after the last ride my front rotor (Ashima AiRotor 203mm) twisted again in a small area on it (not hit in obstacle or overheated), I was almost ready to throw another half an hour from my ...
4
votes
2answers
939 views

STI brake shifters for cantilever brakes?

I have a Jamis Aurora 2016: Jamis Aurora I'd quite like to convert it to have brake lever gear shifters (the shifters are on the end of the handlebar drops which I don't really like). But will they ...
1
vote
2answers
484 views

Hydraulic disc brakes on cross bike (post mount)

I have just bought some post mount calipers (Shimano) to fit on a cyclocross bike and separately some 160mm discs. The calipers do not quite sit flush on the post mounts (front or back) before the ...
1
vote
2answers
471 views

How many fingers on the brakes for a road bike?

For any reasonable mountain bike, it is advisable to keep one finger on each brake at all times. How does this advice transfer to road bikes?
2
votes
1answer
224 views

Microshift levers with Ultegra brakes

I have a 2012 Felt F95 (as shown at: http://www.wiggle.co.uk/felt-f95-2012/) and I wanted to upgrade the brakes to Shimano Ultegras. I was wondering if these are compatible together.
5
votes
2answers
256 views

Brake pads variety

Looking around for rim brake pads, I have noticed a wide variety: low end-ish: cheap, rubber pad with metal stem, unknown brand high end-ish: expensive, rubber pad with metal stem, known brand cool ...
4
votes
2answers
418 views

Are “V” brake rims safe to use with discs

I'm new to this forum and would like to ask if it is safe to use a V brake rim with a disc? I'm using Shimano Deore M555 hubs with discs laced to Mavic EX 721 32 hole rims and DB spokes. Apologies if ...
1
vote
1answer
345 views

BR505 disc vs Ultegra 6800 caliper

I'm looking to get a built bike with either Shimano BR505 disc brakes or Ultegra 6800 caliper brakes. The bikes I'm looking at basically have the same frame and components. They both have the same ...
4
votes
3answers
1k views

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 (...
1
vote
1answer
315 views

Retrofitting disc brakes on 2000 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR XC?

I just got an old 2000 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR XC that still uses rim brakes. I also have this 160mm rotor and this mechanical disc brake caliper. Since none of my wheels have 6 bolt holes to ...
1
vote
1answer
172 views

What do I do if my brakes keep squeaking when I press on them? Do I use lubricant or what? [duplicate]

It’s really annoying in public places when I’m trying to stop my bike. Please explain
0
votes
1answer
521 views

Ferrule size for a road brake cable housing slot?

I have bought some generic cable housing without paying attention to the specification (https://www.bricklanebikes.co.uk/blb-brake-cable-outer-housing-black). It comes with a set of ferrules and I ...
0
votes
1answer
1k views

New brake pads, very slow to stop

I just bought some new brake pads for my caliper brakes on a bike I am fixing up and when I apply the brake, it takes at least 10 feet to stop no matter how hard I apply them; basically I can't get ...
2
votes
3answers
122 views

Hayes Nine Hydro brakes - oil

do you think that I could use Shimano mineral oil on/in Hayes Nine Hydro brakes (where it says Dot 4). Thanks for your help people!
1
vote
2answers
79 views

Putting rear hand brakes onto a 16" Diamondback Jr Viper

I'm trying to add rear hand brakes onto a 16" bike for my son. I've seen other online versions of the same bike model (Diamonback Jr Viper) with hand brakes; which makes me think I should be able to ...
0
votes
2answers
261 views

Bike doesn't brake immediately and comes to a squeaking stop. Do I need to get new brake pads?

I was given a bike by a friend (for free) and have taken advantage of biking over short distances to work and school. When riding I noticed that the braking is not immediate when I applied the brakes ...
1
vote
2answers
286 views

Brand New Bicycle Brake Cables Popping out

I've searched this site for this issue but it appears other questions/answers relate to old cables/housing. This specific problem happened after replacing both (link to Shimano brake cable set- https:/...
1
vote
0answers
342 views

How to improve band brake?

I have been working on a 26" folding MTB, and its coming together slowly. The rear wheel has a band brake and for the life of me I can't get it to work well. I have no experience with this kind of ...
12
votes
3answers
2k views

Why replace brake cartridge when grooves wear off

Many websites recommend replacing rim brake cartridges (pads) when the grooves on them have worn off. Why would this be reasonable, other than for the hypothetical reasons listed below? I am looking ...
-1
votes
1answer
139 views

Will I be disappointed with these brakes? [closed]

I have a cyclocross bike, it came with Tektro Lyra brakes - they were useless so I fitted a flat bar so I could use my spare hydraulic MTB brakes. I'm just about to buy some new brakes to replace the ...
1
vote
1answer
150 views

Giant Terrago 26 inch, can i have disc brakes?

Hi I have a 26inch Giant Terrago and i was just wondering if I can have disc brakes. I can on the forks but I don't know it I can on the back? I have looked at other bikes but couldn't see the same ...
3
votes
1answer
216 views

Handlebar stolen along with gear shifter and brake triggers. What to do how much am i looking to spend?

So live in Redfern, Sydney, Australia. I keep my bike at my dad's and he asked me to lock my bike near the police station for a while because he was fixing up his apartment. This was before I left on ...
1
vote
1answer
959 views

Brake lever leaks. What to do?

My bike uses Tektro Auriga M290 -brakes. They've been great, but few months ago I noticed that there was some air inside the system. I didn't do anything and continued to use my bike. Yesterday I find ...
1
vote
1answer
265 views

Where do I get this part for my v brake?

I lost small plastic "collar" part on the front v brake which goes around the spring and onto the post. Does anybody know where I can get another one?
2
votes
1answer
119 views

Brake fluid squirts out of brake lever

We noticed tonight that one of the brake levers, whenever you actuated it and let go rapidly, brake fluid would squirt out (black and oily substance). I'm wondering if there would be some things that ...
7
votes
3answers
3k views

Front Brake Dilemma

I bought a partly dissembled bike at a discount price because I'm a university student, and I wanted an easier way of transport than walking. It's an Expert EXPMTB18SPD31. I've hit a wall, though- the ...