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Brake ChoicesA guide to the different types of brakes

Different types of brakes, their advantages, disadvantages and appropriate use.

Braking and TurningFor all cyclists

Braking and turning technique.

Band brakesFor any cyclist who is considering or wants to service a band brake

A band brake is an inside-out drum brake, common in Japan. It has unusual advantages and disadvantages.

Brazed-on pivot brakesFor any cyclist who wants to service brakes with pivots on the frame

A general article pointing to information on different kinds of brakes with pivots brazed or welded to the bicycle frame, (including conventional cantilevers, "V-type" cantilevers, Rollercam brakes and U-brakes.)

CablesFor anyone who services bicycle brakes or gears

Most brake and gear shifting problems are the result of cable friction or misadjustment. This article covers cable installation, preparation, and maintenance.

Caliper brakesFor any cyclist who wants to service caliper brakes

Caliper brakes are the most common type of rim brake on road and BMX bicycles.

Cantilever GeometryFor tech heads

An examination of the geometry of cantilever brakes, and how to use it to achieve the level of mechanical advantage you desire in your braking system.

Coaster BrakesFor retro fans

Coaster (back-pedalling) brakes are found on many older bikes. They aren't too hard to fix if they don't need parts.

Direct-Pull BrakesFor any cyclist who wants to service direct-pull ("linear-pull", "V") brakes

Direct-pull brakes are a common type of modern cantilever brake. They require special brake levers.

Disc BrakesFor any cyclist who wants to service disc brakes

Disc brakes are popular on off-road bicycles and increasingly so on road bicycles. They also may require special brake levers.

Drum BrakesFor any cyclist who is considering or wants to service drum brakes

Drum brakes are most suitable for urban cycling. Read about them here.

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  • Home-made Drop BoltsFor tinkerers seeking better braking with long-reach caliper brakes

    A not-very-elegant, but cheap and effective way to improve the braking on bicycles which require long-reach caliper brakes.

    Build You Own Cantilever JigFor brave people with torches

    This article describes one way to make a jig to hold cantilever bosses in place while brazing them on to a frame.

    Repair of Shimano STI Brake-Shift LeversOutsource this job! Here's how.

    There is an expert who specializes in this difficult repair.

    Rim BrakesFor any cyclist who wants to service rim brakes

    Types of rim brakes; general information on selection, installation, adjustment.

    Roller-cam BrakesFor any cyclist who wants to service roller-cam brakes

    Roller-cam brakes were common in the 1980s.

    Shimano RollerbrakesFor anyone who is adding, servicing or removing a Rollerbrake

    A Rollerbrake is a type of drum brake which is optional on some Shimano internal-gear hubs and front hubs.

    Tandem BrakesFor Tandem Fans

    How to select and adjust your tandem's braking system(s) for safety even at high speeds.

    Traditional Cantilever BrakesFor and cyclist who wants to service traditional cantilever brakes.

    How to adjust traditional cantilever brakes (those with a central cable that pulls from above).

    U BrakesFor any cyclist who wants to service U brakes.

    U brakes were common in the 1980s and are still being installed on freestyle bicycles.

    Sheldon Brown's Bicycle GlossaryFor all cyclists

    An encyclopedic listing of bicycle lore, technical data and opinions.

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