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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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    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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    It all depends on how you want your levers to feel like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by liv_rong
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by kevinf1990
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by kevinf1990
    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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