Bicycles/Maintenance and Repair/Brakes


There are many different types of brakes for bicycles. Most bicycle brake systems have three basic parts: a mechanism for the rider to apply the brakes, such as brake levers or pedals; cables or the bicycle chain to enact the braking of the bicycle; and the brake itself, a pad or the reversal of momentum, which actually stops the bicycle with pressure.

Brake cables often come loose, pads often become slick in the rain or worn down, and these problems should be addressed immediately for safe riding.

A center-pull brake.

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