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Do you want to know more about brakes and bicycle controls?

The brakes of the bicycle are one of the most important components for the cyclist's safety, as riding with bad brakes can result in serious accidents. Keeping the brakes in good condition is relatively simple and in many cases, all you have to do is change the brake pads or adjust the tension of the cables.

There are many different bicycle brake systems, but here we are going to explain the two main ones:

Rim brakes are the most well-known and widespread, due to their effectiveness and lower cost. They work by applying force from friction pads to the rim of the wheel by pulling on the brake levers in the handlebars, to slow the bike down To keep your rim brakes in good condition you simply have to change the brake pads (when worn or in poor condition) or tighten the brake cables which go from the brake levers on the handlebars to the metal shoes that hold the brake pads, with tools.

Disc brakes are much more effective than rim brakes, but are more expensive. These brakes are mechanical or hydraulic and are increasingly used especially in mountain biking. Changing the pads of these brakes is relatively simple and anyone can do it at home. The disc brakes are very powerful and just by pulling on the brake lever a little, braking is strong and safe. When greasing the bike chain, the lubricant must be sprayed on the chain rings so that the liquid does not damage the disc brakes.

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Opinions featured in Bicycle Brakes & Controls

Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 Right Handle Mechanism + Rubber
Dura Ace STI Right Lever Replacement Mechanism
Being an original item from Dura Ace, it was to their normal standard. It was a shame that the original eventually failed and wasn't as robust as the previous 7900 and 7800 STI which I never had an issue with.
MARK, the 13 November 2019
Shimano STEPS E7000 Right control with 700mm cable
Make sure this is the switch you require
I mistook this switch for the power select switch (walk, eco, trail and boost). It is not that switch and cannot be used for that purpose. This it purely for Di2 rear mech shifting. I'm not sure why Shimano developed two types of switches as surely they could do both jobs with one switch and have the function set up in their app/software.
Darren, the 13 November 2019
Brake caliper Shimano RS785 hydraulic road p.mount
It does what it should!
Does what it should. Good braking in all conditions
tim, the 5 November 2019
SRAM Guide R / RE / DB5 / Code R G2 Spare Piston Handle
Works great
Cane fast. Works great. Can’t fault service or product
Lian, the 4 November 2019
Shimano Tiagra BR4700 Screw Brake Callipers
good brakes for my simple bike
it's met my requestes
stefano, the 5 September 2019
Shimano Deore M6000 Hydraulic Brake Caliper
Tight breaking again!
Changed my old leaky BR-615 for these, and it worked great!
Martin, the 31 August 2019
Brake caliper Shimano RS785 hydraulic road p.mount
Go-to reliability
Shimano’s stock quality calliper. Unfortunately my bike is post mount so I can’t use the flat mount Ultegras to complete the groupset, but happy nonetheless.
Andrew, the 26 June 2019
Shimano M9000/M8000/RS785 J04C Disc Brake Pads Metal
The best pads
Top quality for the Dura Ace callipers.
Andrew, the 26 June 2019
Shimano SM-RT900 Center Lock ICE- TECH Freeza 160 mm Disc Rotor
Best price and highest quality
About 20% less than any competitor on internet so not much more than the Ultegra equivalent. Great looking - excellent product.
Andrew, the 26 June 2019
Shimano Altus M310 7-Speed Rear Right-hand Shifter
Very good for price
Does just what I required
Geoffrey, the 7 June 2019
Shimano Nexus Revoshift 3-Speed Right Hand Shifter
All good everything ok
Have not installed yet
Chris, the 18 May 2019
SRAM Code R brake lever
Great item
Great quality
Paul, the 5 March 2019
Shimano SLX M7000 Post Mount Rear Brake Lever and Calliper
It was a present so I don't know.
I believe the young man was really delighted with his present.
Derek, the 1 March 2019
SRAM X5 Trigger 9-Speed Right Hand MTB Shifter (Rear) Black
Mountain bike gear shifter is great easy to use and install
Mountain bike gear shifter is great easy to use and install
Lee, the 17 December 2018
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