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Brakes/Levers/Pads

Cycling > Breaks

Crash landings are not fun.  I prefer stopping slowly with break.  That is just a little bit safer.  There are two main types of breaks for a bike.  V-breaks and a Caliper-break both will provide you with a safe way to stop, but let us see what it the difference between the two.

V-breaks are also known as direct-pull and linear-pull breaks.  This particular break system uses a single continuous cable which requires less force to pull the break lever.  This type of break is best used in dry conditions, and they offer a smooth ride.  The one down side to a V-break is that it does need to be changed regularly.  This is a very universal break.  It can be attached onto almost any bike.

The Caliper-break is a part of the disc brake system.  This break mounts to a single point on the wheel of the bike.  It is very dependable and strong.  The way the Caliper-break works is the arms clamp down on the rim of the bike, which then slows the bike down until it stops.  The breaking duties are all applied to a separate rotor.  You can usually find this break on most street and recreational bikes. 

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