how to use the brakes correctly

RICH BIT | How To Use Bicycle Brakes Correctly

If you want to park your bike in the safest way, pay special attention to how to use the front and rear brakes. The general view is that the front and rear brakes should be used simultaneously. This is suitable for beginners who have not mastered the braking skills. But if you only stay at this stage, you will never be able to stop the bike in the safest way at the shortest distance, just like those who have learned to use only the front brakes.


Basic knowledge of bike braking:

1) The brakes control the speed, not just the parking.

2) The front brake has a better braking effect.

3) The brake has the maximum braking effect when it is in the lock, and the braking performance is greatly reduced and the balance is easily lost after the lock.


Many newcomers prefer to use the rear brake lever because they are worried about using the front brake lever, your body shifts forward over the front wheel. In fact, the front brake is safer in many situations, and learning to use the front brake can also be learned quickly.


The front bike brakes have a better braking effect. The control speed is mainly based on the friction between the wheel and the road surface. The friction force is proportional to the pressure applied by the wheel to the road surface. When the front brake is used, the front wheel and the road pressure are strengthened due to the inertia relationship, and the braking effect is increased. The use of the rear brake does not have such an effect, and when the front brake is used, the pressure of the rear wheel on the road surface is greatly reduced, and the frictional force becomes very small.


Bike masters use only the front brakes 95% of the time, but in some cases it is better to use the rear brakes.

1) Sliding road surface. On dry asphalt/cement pavements, it is basically impossible to slip the front wheels because of the use of brakes unless turning. But on a slippery road, this is possible. Once the front wheel slips, wrestling is inevitable. So if the ground is slippery, it is the best to use the rear brake.

2) Bumpy road. On the bumpy road, the wheels will instantly leave the ground. In this case, do not use the front brake. If you happen to encounter obstacles, using the front brake will make it difficult for the bicycle to pass through the obstacle. If the front brake is used at the moment when the front wheel is off the ground, the wheel will stop in the air. The consequences of landing with a stalled wheel can be severe.


Under normal circumstances, I do not recommend the use of front and rear bike brakes together, but there are always exceptions.

When cornering, the grip is both braking and cornering (providing the friction required for cornering). The use of front and rear brakes at the same time reduces the possibility of wheel slippage. The more urgent the corner is, the lighter the brakes are. So control the speed before entering the corner. Do not use the brake arms when the corner is very urgent.


Leave a few questions for you to think about:

      1. What are the correct ways of using a double disc brake bike?
        Learn to use front brake lever rather than only use rear brake lever, or using rear and front brake lever simultaneously.
      2. What are bike disc brakes made of?
        There are two types of disc brakes, mechanical and hydraulic, the main difference is the hydraulic version replaces the cables with hydraulic fluid in a fully sealed line.
        It contains brake rotor, caliper, pads, line or cable, about maintenance check this link.
        Here share a short video about how brakes are made, see below.

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