Cantilever brake adjustment

Adjustment (set up) of cantilever bicycle brakes

Updated: 16/11/2018. This post explains cantilever brake adjustment. 0. Intro Cantilever brakes are unjustly considered to be poor brakes by many cyclists, compared to V-brakes for example. They do have their flaws, but low braking power is not one of those, it is mostly due to poor pad/rim material, and (more often) due to poor … Read moreCantilever brake adjustment

Compatibility [08] Mechanical brakes

Compatibility of mechanical (i.e. non-hydraulic, but cable actuated) bicycle brakes. Which brakes can be combined with which

Updated: 16/11/2018. This post will explain mechanical bicycle brake compatibility (i.e. brakes with cable actuation, not hydraulic) of both calipers and levers. Hydraulic brakes will be explained in a separate article. For explanation of terms like amount of lever cable pull and mechanical advantage, look at this article: Mechanical brakes – working principle. 1. Amount of cable … Read moreCompatibility [08] Mechanical brakes

Mechanical bicycle brakes – working principle

Mechanical advantage and bicycle brake working principle

Updated: 16/11/2018. This post will explain the basic principles of mechanical brakes functioning, i.e. brakes that use cables. Hydraulic brakes will be explained in a separate article. a) Introduction – mechanical advantage Mechanical brakes work on a simple lever principle. The longer the leverage, the less mass is needed to move a greater mass. Also, … Read moreMechanical bicycle brakes – working principle