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Safety - Improve braking power in wet conditions

You have commented I mainly use the back brake. I therefore propose option 4: improve your braking technique before spending any money. If you only use half of your bicycle's brakes, you can't ...
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Braking one-handed to signal down steep traffic-heavy slope

As an confident road rider I'd do two major things. I'd turn my head, look backward and make eye contact with the driver(s) just behind me to show intention, and maybe signal at this point. Or I ...
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Why Does Braking to a Complete Stop Feel Exponentially Harder Than Slowing Down?

Mostly aerodynamics. When you brake, you stop pedalling. So the air resistance actively contributes a braking force which is proportional to the square of your speed. The wind at 10 km/h has far ...
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Braking one-handed to signal down steep traffic-heavy slope

Firstly, congrats on both posting for the first time and for deciding to commute on a bike! Many of us commute on bikes in the UK and everyone started somewhere! If you're not 100% confident with ANY ...
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Do ALL non-instantaneous deceleration events transfer weight to front wheel?

There is no need for all forms of deceleration to transfer weight to the front wheel, although it is in practice usually the case due to how forces are commonly applied to a bike. The tendency of the ...
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Can't get enough braking power after lots of adjustment

Render R's are very susceptible to the arm being over-actuated. They don't hit a physical stop like some of their peers, but they reach a point where the cable anchor location is hanging in space and ...
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Safety - Improve braking power in wet conditions

First you need to decide what's limiting your braking. If it's the tyres on the road skidding -- or you're having to back off the brakes to avoid that -- then changing your tyres might help. But ...
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When using the front brake, should I always move my weight to the back or is just bracing with arms is sufficient?

What is the fastest possible way for you to stop? For me, it's pulling hard on the front brake, with my rear end well behind the seat. Ideally my rear wheel will be a couple inches off the ground the ...
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Braking one-handed to signal down steep traffic-heavy slope

I've literally never braked one handed so it kind of terrifies me. It is terrific for a reason and you have to practice somewhere safe. If you hold the front set with only one hand and do brake, ...
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Braking one-handed to signal down steep traffic-heavy slope

Do a 2 stage turn manoeuvre. or I do this often when traffic is too important.
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Braking one-handed to signal down steep traffic-heavy slope

As a cyclist in the UK your use of the bicycle on the road is governed by the Highway Code. You are not required to use hand signals, because it is acknowledged both hands are required for operating ...
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How to improve braking with hands on hoods?

Braking is always stronger from the drops than the hoods, as you noted only your lower fingers have mechanical advantage when braking from the hoods, when braking from the drops you have much better ...
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Cantilever Power Hanger

It needs to be bolted tight to remain attached, but the hanger is mounted on a collar so is always free to rotate as it’s designed to. So yes to both, when it is bolted tight it is still free to ...
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How can I stop an Adult trike when both front brakes fail?

Answering for completeness: Don't get in this situation and Prevention is better than cure You should have picked up that the brakes were not as good as they were by feel (poor braking) or on visual ...
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When using the front brake, should I always move my weight to the back or is just bracing with arms is sufficient?

As this is tagged MTBing, the simple answer to your questions is it depends, but moving weight back will almost always be preferable when MTBing. I'll explain this looking at the extremes of the ...
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What causes the different types of tire skidding noises?

The screeching that you describe is unlikely to be caused by the tyre skidding. It's more likely to be the contact between the brake pad and the braking surface causing the sound. On an alloy-...
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How can I stop an Adult trike when both front brakes fail?

As everyone has said, it's true that basic maintenance should keep this situation from ever occurring. So just to be clear, the practical answer is probably have a shop get the front brakes set up ...
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Braking one-handed to signal down steep traffic-heavy slope

There is no shame to stop and walk the difficult/dangerous bit. Actually, it is stupid not doing so and risking too much when one is not confident. With expirience goes confidence. Now you need to ...
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Can't get enough braking power after lots of adjustment

those calipers are weak. Ultimately you may wish to replace them, but first: Are the brakes bedded in? Follow a disc brake bedding in procedure (8 hard braking efforts from speed but not completely ...
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Can't get enough braking power after lots of adjustment

Did you bed the new pads in? It wouldn’t hurt to clean the rotor with isopropyl, then, one brake at a time, in an area without traffic, slow the bike from about 15 miles per hour to a near stop. You ...
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Can I use Shimano B03S brake pads on my Tektro HD M285 Braking system?

Yes, perfect fit. You may find third-party manufacturers offer better value though, especially for resin pads.
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Braking one-handed to signal down steep traffic-heavy slope

Might I also add that for me (15 years plus commuting), I find that travelling on a bicycle in traffic at rush hour is very different to travelling on an empty road, largely because very often the ...
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What causes the different types of tire skidding noises?

I've heard a wide variety of tire skidding noises over the years. From almost no noise at all to high pitched screeching as you describe. There are a variety of factors that come into play when ...
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Braking one-handed to signal down steep traffic-heavy slope

Never ever risk your stability and complete control of your bike in going downhill, much less take one hand off the handlebar even for a second when you may need to brake strongly on a steep slope. It'...
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How to improve braking with hands on hoods?

Looks like quite an upright seating position, so your shoulders are high and your arms are probably straight while riding. Also your saddle is aggressively forward, so that raises your shoulders even ...
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When using the front brake, should I always move my weight to the back or is just bracing with arms is sufficient?

Both explanations are true under different circumstances. Situation 1: you brake hard using the front brake and don't brace against the handlebars. The bike will slow down and, unless you are ...
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failed brake bleed, lever is blocked up

Now you're in a fine mess. Putting water in your brake system has most certainly been the death sentence through even minimal corrosion or material incompatibility, ruined the cylinders, the lines and ...
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failed brake bleed, lever is blocked up

I am going to assume you have the more recent Saint brakes, BR-M820. A true blockage in a ceramic-piston Shimano brake such as yours that occurs when fluid should be able to flow through as per the ...
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Why Does Braking to a Complete Stop Feel Exponentially Harder Than Slowing Down?

A little bit more on skidding at slow vs. higher speeds: it takes more energy to stop a wheel spinning at higher speeds due to the higher inertia (momentum) to overcome and completely stop the wheel ...
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When using the front brake, should I always move my weight to the back or is just bracing with arms is sufficient?

Standing on the pedals raises your center of mass, which is bad and makes it more likely to go over the bars. Keep your feet on the pedals and sit lightly on the saddle, but don't stand. Moving your ...
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