When and How to Take a Brake

Brakes are a vital component of a bicycle’s construction. You depend on your brakes to work well and quickly. There are a few things that contribute to braking, and the following article will discuss them.

Front and rear brakes

Cycles are equipped with two brakes, one for the front wheel and one for the back. It is good for a cyclist to know how to use both, but mature cyclists most often use the front brakes. Your forward momentum shifts most of your weight to the front of the bike. Most beginners do not like to use the front brakes because there is a chance of diving over the handlebars. This is a possibility, but you can learn when to use the front brakes and how much force to apply by being attentive to the rear brakes.

Practice makes perfect. It is best not to wait for an emergency. Learn how to use your brakes in a secluded area first, and then you will have the experience to apply it to real situations. Flirt with the front brakes and gain a sense of the sensation of how to apply your center of gravity. The more you practice and know your bike, the easier and safer your experience will be on the open road.

It takes twice as long to stop with your rear brakes than with your front brakes. There are instances when it is better to use the rear brakes such as on wet surfaces, bumpy surfaces, and when your front tire is blown out or the rim is overheating from heavy braking.

It is smart to always keep an eye on the condition of your tires. Purchasing SwissStop brake pads will improve your riding experience by decreasing the chance of skidding and increasing your confidence on the bike.