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Old 03-12-05, 04:48 PM   #1
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brake question

is it best if the brake pads are as close to the rims as possible but not touching it
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Old 03-12-05, 05:05 PM   #2
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You want maximum braking power achieved a touch more than before your levers bottom out - on your road levers that is.
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Its a good rule of thumb to have no more than a credit cards width between pads and rim.
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Old 03-12-05, 07:57 PM   #4
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It all depends on how you want your levers to feel like.
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Its a good rule of thumb to have no more than a credit cards width between pads and rim.
I duno why? Sounds like the typical lame rule of thumb.
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You have much better control of the lever when your hand is almost closed.

If it just so happens your brake pads are some sort of distance away from the rim, then ok. If not there's nothing to worry about.
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is it best if the brake pads are as close to the rims as possible but not touching it
yes, no.

Some riders prefer the brakes to work almost as soon as they pull the lever, but..... apparently there is more mechanical advantage from the levers if you have to pull the brake lever back nearly to the bar.
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I set my Mountain levers so that the brakes are at full lock when the lever blades are parallel to the bars.
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so its just user prefrence right. because i don't even need to press the brakes that much and its braked
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so its just user prefrence right. because i don't even need to press the brakes that much and its braked
The idea is that the bike stops the way you want it to.
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