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Front calliper brake – Brompton folding bicycle

Servicing calliper brakes

Without mudguards, calliper brakes are right in the line of fire for anything your tyre picks up off the road. Dirt ends up on the pivots that hold your callipers together and stops them moving freely. This is one of those satisfying jobs that looks much harder than it is and makes your bike feel much better as soon as you’ve done it. ...

V-brakes : a general introduction and how to manage wear and tear

V-brakes were standard issue on mountain bikes until disc brakes took over but are still a very useful braking system for hybrid town bikes. They are cheap and simple to maintain and provide a good amount of braking power. Here follows an outline of the advantages and disadvantages of this braking system. ...

Brakes : build your stopping power

Well-tuned brakes make you go faster. This might seem like a contradiction, but it’s true. In order to be able to go fast, you need to be able to control your speed safely. Crisp, reliable brakes will make you feel more confident and get you out of trouble when you push things too far. ...