Questions tagged [brakes]

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

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Can't bed in my hydraulic brake pads

I washed my bike with Rhino Goo fast action cleaner and fairy liquid in a spray bottle mixed with water. I used a hose pump with no pressure, so no liquid will go into my bearings etc. After I washed ...
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Which brake system is this

I have two brake systems I think on my bike. On the front I have a threaded stud and on the back a road brake. Here is the front and the back (click for large version): As you can see on the back the ...
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Should brake lever move if you press the (V-brake) calipers together?

The "normal" way is pretty clear: you press the brake lever, it pulls the bowden, which then forces the V-brake calipers together. However, the question is: should it work also the other way ...
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Brakes loose, cable hanging out

I used my brakes the other day and this happened (see photo). Is there any way to fix this? I’m unable to use the brakes at all with this issue.
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Squealing of rim brakes on a bike [duplicate]

My bike for 2 days started to squeal whenever I use my back brakes it has been really annoying and I am trying to fix it. Please give me any suggestion that can help this problem
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Change old external ultegra brake cables to under the tape brakes

Is it possible to change my old external ultegra brakes to integrated brakes ?
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Mechanical Shimano Deore Disk Brake - How to fix lack of bite/grip

I have a frustrating issue with my MTB and want to ask how I can go about actually diagnosing this issue. I have a MTB Shimano Disk brakes. These are mechanical and one pad is pushed into the rotor ...
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What is MTB/roadbike specific in brake cables?

Basically as the title says. Why won't a "roadbike" bike cable fit into an MTB, or vice-versa? Consider this one. What would happen if this was mounted in an MTB (or any other kind of bike)?
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SRAM Hydraulic brake stuck (with a changed bite point) after landing/impact

I experienced a weird problem on my SRAM level t 2 piston brakes. I like hopping my bike around, e.g. bunny hopping onto curbs. Sometimes, if the impact is hard, the brake lever would have reduced ...
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Is it safe to install these V Brakes? Arms don't sit flush with bosses

Replacing my old V Brakes, got sold some Shimano BR-T4000s. What I found is they don't sit quite flush on the bosses. There's an internal ring that's a bit larger, that ring is just a bit deeper on ...
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Is the banjo bolt the same between the Shimano XTR and Shimano Saint rear brake caliper?

Earlier today, I went to install a brand new Shimano Saint caliper in place of an old XTR that's leaking from the pistons, only to find that Shimano doesn't include the banjo bolt... Do the XTR and ...
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replace shimano st-ef-41-l with shimano alivio left shift

My shifter st-ef41 is broken the only available shifter is the Shimano alivio or the Shimano acera. please advise Asap thanks
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diamondback cobra 24 rear brakes squeal horribly what can I do to at least tone it down

diamondback cobra 24 rear brakes are squealing loudly all the time it doesn't matter if it's wet or dry and the brakes are lined up perfectly and appear to be new. The brakes are not marking the rim. ...
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Safety of taking a bicycle to a country where they drive on the other side of the road?

Bicycles are different in countries where people drive on the other side of the road. Suppose I have a bicycle and I am moving to a country on another continent where people drive on the other side. ...
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Looking for recommendation of disc brake to replace Formula RX

I have a relatively old hardtail MTB installed with Formula RX brake system and rotors SM-RT53 (160mm) / SM-RT53M (180mm). Now I have to replace the brake system and would like to have some advice. To ...
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brake seems slack but pad is already close to rim

This is a v-brake. I have to press the brake lever all the way down for the bike to stop, but if I try to adjust the brake arm by pulling cable out a bit more towards outside, then the pad would be ...
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Are there downsides to cross-top brake levers? Compatible with all mechanical-hydraulic disc brakes?

I have a Genesis Croix de Fer 20 from a few years ago with the following specs: Brakes: TRP HY-RD mechanical-hydraulic caliper w/160mm TR160 rotors Levers: Shimano Tiagra ST-4700 I would like to fit ...
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What is the quantifiable benefit of compressionless brake housing?

If you had a compressionless setup (cable disc for example) that you measured gave you 100 braking units (whatever unit that would be) when the lever was maximally activated, what would be the number ...
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First road bike: mech disc brakes vs dual pivot sidepull brakes?

I'm keen to buy my first road bike to do some rides around London (evening and weekend rides for exercise and travel), I've narrowed it down to 2 within my price range: Example: Carrera Zelos from ...
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Why do disc brakes stop faster in dry conditions?

I have heard that bikes with disc brakes have shorter stopping distances even in dry conditions, such as the comparison in this video: GCN - How Much Faster Can You Stop With Disc Brakes? At about 1:...
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Hydraulic brake bleed fail - try again or replace?

I bled and completely replaced the fluid on a set of Tektro Orion hydraulic brakes, using Shimano mineral oil. Before bleeding, one worked a little bit, and the other didn't at all. In my impression,...
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Replace v-brakes with disc brakes [duplicate]

I would like to know whether I can replace my old v-brakes with disc brakes. Do I need to also change the wheels or something else?
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Is it ok to hang the bike by the frame, if the bowden is on the bottom?

Related: there are plenty of Q&A's (both here and on other sides), according to which, apparently, it is ok to hang a bike by its wheel. What I didn't find though is, if it is ok to hang the bike ...
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Brake housing end cap size

I'm replacing my rear brake housing on a Giant Defy (2010) but finding that the new end cap/ferrule does not fit. The old end cap was fused to the frame so while I still have it, it's not in great ...
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Fitting Matchmaker X to SRAM Guide T brakes?

I've got a prebuilt MTB that came with an SRAM NX drivetrain and Guide T brakes and I'm looking at upgrading the drivetrain to higher end parts. I'm thinking about taking the upgrade opportunity to ...
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Identify my rear aero brake

I'm looking to buy a new aero brake, after the noodle holder on my old set has snapped (and apparently i need to replace the whole thing). Problem is that i can't find the model anywhere. I've looked ...
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Very narrow gap between pad and brake rotor

I have just retired my Tektro brakes (13 years of service) and replaced with a pair of cheap Shimano MT200. I have a problem with extremely narrow gap between the disk and pads. The gap is so narrow ...
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Should there be play in rear brake

My rear wheel can move about an inch when the brake is completely locked. The movement is in the connection between the hub and the disk. As you can see in the picture below, the disk is held to the ...
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Front tire & downtube clearance - extremely dangerous?

I recently moved cities and met someone to buy a used "vintage" bike from them. While test riding at a slow speed I gradually applied the brakes. The front brake seemed to jump from light ...
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Barrel Adjuster Strategy - What's the best way to use barrel adjusters?

I was taught that barrel adjusters are to be used as an on-the-road way to adjust brakes or derailleurs. I think the exact quote was "Leave the barrel adjuster for the customer to use on the road&...
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Is it normal to need to replace my brakes every few months?

My journey to work has uphill and downhill segments in both directions (a fact I'm sure to share with my future grandkids one day). In two of these segments, I have to brake pretty hard to arrest my ...
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Shimano GRX lever with cantilever brakes

Will Shimano GRX levers work with cantilever brakes? Related question here but answers more about shifters.
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Replacing a lost disc brake pinch bolt

While replacing the cable for my front disc brake, I lost the bolt and plate that attaches the cable to the calliper. In this Park Tool guide, they call it a 'pinch bolt' — labelled E in the image ...
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V-brake pads make contact but don't apply pressure to wheel

I own a hybrid Trek bike that uses V-brakes. When I apply the brake, the brake pads make contact with the wheel's rim, but don't apply enough pressure to actually brake the wheel. (No matter the level ...
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Changing rims from 29 inch to 27.5 inch, V-brake problem

I own an old MTB bike, it's beaten up and I'm planning to restore it. Everything is already done, groupset, crankset, the fork, etc. The MTB itself is a 29 inch frame and since I want to give this ...
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Magura rim caliper and Shimano hydraulic road lever compatibility

I have a trekking bike with a slightly short reach for me. On the other hand I wish to get a drop bar bicycle. I could check on this bike that the position is good with drop bars. On this bike I have ...
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I changed my V-brake pads but I can't adjust them correctly

I changed my V-brake pads with new ones but now one of the pads is in touch with the rim all the time while the other one has a normal distance from the rim. Adjusting the cable or spring force didn't ...
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Name/style/model for this brake spring?

I bought a cheap assemble-yourself bike and the front brake spring came bent. I'm having trouble googling a replacement since its a no-name brand. Any advice on how I might go about buying a ...
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Rear brake doesn’t grip/slips through and doesn’t stop the bike sharp or at all

I cleaned my bike about a month ago and since then I tried to fix both of my brakes. I have hydraulic disk brakes (Tektro Auriga). After I replaced my pads, I was bedding them for over three days of ...
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Coaster brake question

I have recently bought a bike with a coaster brake. After over 50 years of cycling with brakes on both handlebars I am finding it difficult. Is it possible to change a coaster brake for a conventional ...
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Why does a Shimano centerlock rotor have free play?

I have an electric road bike that has SM-RT64 Shimano centerlock brake rotor in the front. I have noticed that when I press the front brake and try to rock the bike back and forth, there's some free ...
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Using Miche pistard wheels with brakes?

I just bought a pair of Miche Pistard track wheels to upgrade my fixed gear bike. Stupidly, I did not consider that since the mainly are designed for track use, that they may not be designed for use ...
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How to fix contaminated brake pads? [duplicate]

I recently spilled some brake oil on my brake pads and now they barely work, and they squeak (which I believe is normal for contaminated pads.)
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Bike with coaster brake and gears for teenager with disabilities

I have a 13 year old with a form of muscular dystrophy. He's well physically, though not as strong as most kids, and can ride a bike. We got him a cruiser bike, which I then modified to make ...
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Are Penny-Farthings Legal to Ride on Public Roads (UK)

Are Penny-Farthings legal to ride on public roads in the UK? Note: For laws regarding riding Penny-Farthings on public roads in other countries-ie "US" or "EU"- please start a new ...
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Replacing an ebike's cable disc brakes with hydraulic disc

I have a Viking Gravity 250w 24v ebike. I'm just wondering if I can replace the braking system with a hydraulic type and what would happen to the wired braking safety feature? Would I have to retrace ...
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Suggestions for braking with severe osteoarthritis in both hands

I have severe osteoarthritis in both my hands and have had to give up cycling as I am unable to squeeze the brakes for safety. Are there any available options for braking, as I would like to get back ...
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Sprayed Lubricant on Hydraulic Brakes, how to clean? [duplicate]

I was spraying some lubricant on my chain and accidentally sprayed on my hydraulic brakes and it affects my bikes braking power massively. How do I clean this off?
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Brake only touches rim occasionally when brake applied

On a new mountain bike, the brake pad seems to touch the rim only at some parts when I apply the brake, not the entire rim. It still stops the wheel or touch all parts if I press hard enough. Does ...
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Brake Bleed Fail

After a successful bleed of my rear caliper yesterday, I decided to do the front today. I went through the process, got all the air and old fluid out, sealed up the system, and when giving it the ...

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