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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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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 ...
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Replacing Claris brakes with Tiagra

Is it possible to replace Claris brakes with Sora or Tiagra without replacing the whole groupset?
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Hydraulic disc brakes not sticking after replacing pads and bedding in

So i first bleed my brakes and really botched it, getting brake oil everywhere. I cleaned up, got new pads and wiped the rotors down. I got new brake pads which i the proceeded to bed in. Eventually ...
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Is there a lightweight electric assist braking system that can be applied to a bicycle trailer?

I am building a bicycle trailer that i would like to have its own braking system due to its weight. I'm wondering what the best way to accomplish that would be.
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Bicycle band brake [closed]

How do you get one to work ? Mine has been almost useless from the start producing almost imperceptible retardation. With regard to the screw at the top the seller thought it was to oil it with ? Help....
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Minimum brake rotor sizes

Might be bit of a silly question really as there are many different calipers designed specifically around rotor size like the old hope IS mount calipers but here goes. Specifically for long travel ...
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Threaded post V brake pads

Looking to replace my Shimano brake pads. What is the difference between M65/T3 and M70/T3 threaded V brake pads?
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Brake doesnt apply properly

I have my Giant Talon 4 2016 with Tektro hydraulic brake system. For a month or two I stopped riding and today when I used it, my front brake doesn't seem to work properly. I mean, the brake applies, ...
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Loosen the handbrake in mecanical disk-brake

One of the two handbrakes is too tight and I can't find the barrel adjusters (as in this video: Adjust bike brakes, although his bike has V-brakes not mechanical Disk-brakes like me)? Should I adjust ...
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How to disassemble this v brake arm?

I have managed to repair 10yr old diamondback hybrid as different parts fail. I even disassembled the rear wheel to replace few spokes. But I cannot figure out how to disassemble the rear v-brake arm. ...
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Can I install a handlebar brake handle without removing the grips?

I recently bought a cruiser bike with coaster brakes. I decided I wasn't happy with the stopping power, so I want to add a hand brake to the front wheel. I ordered some parts online, but I have run ...
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Remove SRAM Guide with internal routing

I want to remove my SRAM Guide RS rear brake (to replace it with Shimanos). The frame has internal routing, so I need to keep the DOT fluid from coming out of the cable when pulling them through the ...
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Disc Pad Materials

Someone please give me a rundown of the pros and cons of different disc brake pad materials. Resin, organic, sintered, metallic, different backing plates, etc. There are a lot of choices, and I've ...
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Subtle click on left Shimano 4700 STI brake lever when applying brake while moving forward

I have a set Shimano Tiagra 4700 levers/shifters on my Niner gravel bike (RLT 9 1 Star) and lately I noticed when moving forward, at speed or slow, there is a subtle click when pulling on the left ...
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Do you need brakes on a trainer / on rollers?

I'm building a bike from scratch and old parts for home-trainer and roller use only. Do I need brakes or can I cheap out?
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Bicycle acts like it's braking when I walk it

When I walk my bicycle, every few feet it stops like I've pulled the hand brake. It will roll some more then stop again. What do I need to do to fix it?
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Brake Adjustor Help

Could somebody help me identify this? I need to buy one for my bike but I can't find much online. I've asked in numerous shops but none of them have this type of adjuster with the flat side. I think ...
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What are these holes for in my Diamondback Sorrento?

The holes are threaded and 20mm apart. There are identical holes on the other side where the gears are. Can I install disc brake calipers through these holes?
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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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What kind of convex washer goes on the brake pads?

I forgot to tighten up my brake pads before I went for a ride today, and I lost the convex washers when the nut came loose? Could anyone tell me where I could find replacement washers for the brake ...
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Strange cable mount

This morning I was following another cyclist in the traffic. He had a road bike with v-brakes. And the brake had a strange cable mount, and I can not realize what is this and what it is for. Had no ...
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What considerations are there around replacement of cable-actuated disc brakes with hydraulic-actuated calipers?

I have a Dawes Discovery 401 hybrid bike that was fitted with QuadQMD-6 mechanical disc brakes. I like the bike but the brakes are beginning to show signs of wear and direct replacements are not ...
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Mounting long reach center pull brake on Marrakesh (or similar disc-braky) frame?

I wanted to build a commute/touring bike using a existing parts. I'm considering Salsa Marrakesh or similar frame that's designed for disc brakes. I'd love to use rim brake 650B wheels I already ...
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Bike Hydraulic Brakes constantly pressing against the rotor [duplicate]

I hope you can help me with this issue. My bike has Avid juicy 7 brakes, and lately both the front and the rear brakes are pressing against the rotor, which makes it really hard to ride it (feels like ...
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V-brake / cantilever pad alternatives for carbon rims? [closed]

I've found these V-brake compatible brake pads rated for carbon rims: SwissStop RX Plus Yellow King Trickstuff (unnamed) http://www.trickstuff.de/en/products/felgenbremsbelaege_KL.php Ice (unnamed) ...
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How to release brakes to install front tire

So, 21 yo mountain bike w/o quick release brake system. Reinstalling a front tire that was repaired but confused on easiest/simpliest way to release brakes so the fat 'ol tire can be seated. I do ...
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Could you please identify this wtb cantilever/roller cam brake

I've had some issues identifying this brake, and while I do know its wtb and circa late 1980s-early 1990s thats it. Any information would be appreciated. To clarify the parts were not original to the ...
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What is this hook near the cantilever brakes?

I just bought this old school brazilian mountain bike, and it has this little hook thing near the brakes, front and rear. Anyone knows what these are for?
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Alternating brakes on descents: is it really useful?

I heard from many sources (some of them on this site, e.g. on answers to this question here) that you should be alternating the use of your front and rear brakes. Most people give as a reason that ...
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Best grease for drum brake?

I have a city bike and it started doing some weird noises when brake. I talked to my local bike shop and they said I should use some specific grease. Unfortunately in the place where I am currently ...
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Does any body know the cost of switching rim brakes to disc brakes? [closed]

I am wondering how much it would cost to upgrade from rim to disc
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End of brake cable touches tire

On my Trek Domane SLR the end of the front brake cable touches the tire. It makes an enerving sound and I am a afraid it destroys my tire. I thought about using some tape, but that is not possible ...
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Braking on a vintage road bike

I recently bought a vintage Gitane road bike. I understand that in the 70s and 80s they sold a lot of these road bikes with drop handle bars. Sometimes they came with the extra lever for an easier ...
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Replace V-Brakes with Caliper Brakes on a Flat Bar Road bike

I own an Fuji Absolute 1.4, a flat-bar road bike, 2013 model with 700x28c Tires and a carbon fork. The bike is really smooth but I am not happy with the braking power. I want to replace the existing V-...
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When engaging the brake lever: the cable loosens and doesn't stay in the other side (where the twisty bit is)

Picture inside. Bike newbie here, Tried adjusting v-brakes from rubbing but now when using the brakes this pivot piece pops out (instead of going back in). Why is this happening what are my options ...
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Max pressure of hydraulic mtb lever

i'm considering a machine build based on MTB hydraulic lever brake and I would like to know if the lever, pushed by hand, will handle 13 bars /190 PSI ? I'm really new to this kind of measurement.
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Cooling down brakes and rims

I recently rode my bike on some steep hills. After descending on a 4 km road with some sections at 21% slope, I realized my rims were pretty hot not only where the brake pads operate, but even up to ...
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Can I upgrade brakes despite interface difference

At one point I had to replace my rear V-brake mech (at the wheel). At first I tried a Shimano BR-M432, recommended by and bought from my LBS. I brought it home to do it myself, but the more I looked ...
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Too long hydro line

I've bought a new rear hydraulic disk brake (shimano m355) to replace a broken one. It works fine, but when installing I've noticed that the tube from the lever to the brake is too long for my bike. ...
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Avid disc brake, new pads squeaking [duplicate]

I just bought some shitty brake pads fro 5$ semi metallic. After install, and ~100km / 10km trai it still has a super annoying noise what braking hard. It's not normal, I even feel some rubbing / ...
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Tektro brake bleed block size?

The bleed kit for my Tekro HDC 330 hydraulic brakes did not come with a bleed block. I've seen a 15mm ring spanner mentioned as a suitable alternative, but would prefer to make/buy the correct tool. ...
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Advice on replacing a Weinmann brake caliper when the cable is fed from the bottom, please

I would like to replace a set of Weinmann brake calipers on a Raleigh ladies' bike with newer, modern and more efficient calipers like a dual-pivot one. The problem that I have is that the cable to ...
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Replacement brake pads for SRAM Force 1/CX 1

I'm looking to replace the default pads that come with the SRAM Force 1/CX 1. I can't tell if they're metallic or organic. I ended up purchasing the organic version https://www.competitivecyclist.com/...
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Coaster brakes vs. Handle brakes

i will be honest. I am nearly 50y/o and not in tip top shape either. I have not owned a bike since I was 12y/o. I want to buy a bike. I am looking at the cruiser bikes. Most come with coaster brakes....
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Disc brakes make a grinding sound

I am completely new to cycling and purchased a road bike equipped with Tektro Lyra mechanical disc brakes. I have ridden an estimated 20 miles total so far and was unaware that there was a bedding in ...
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can I use a 10 speed brake lever shifter If I have a 7 gear cassette

I'm restoring an old Myatta 1000 and want to use a brake lever shifter that I have. It is a 10 speed shifter and I have a 7 gear cassette. Can i use this?
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Which brake should I use, on a full suspension bike, if I broke my brake lever

I broke my back brake lever, and I want to use only one brake, which should I use the front or the back?
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How does the SureStop braking system work?

There's a new braking system put out by a company named SureStop that controls both front and rear cantilever (side-pull) brake systems with a single brake lever. They seem to be mainly appealing to ...
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Will a threaded post rim brake pad fit my brakes which take a thread-less post pad?

I found these pads on Amazon and I really like them, but they are a bit different than my current pads. They are threaded and the ones I have now are threadless. If I tighten them would it fit on my ...
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Is it normal for a bike to skid even after both brakes are applied?

When I apply both brakes going at moderate speed, it takes a few feet before the bike stops and I can hear the rear tire skidding. The brake pad seems to be working fine since the wheels themselves ...