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Old 08-25-05, 03:36 PM   #1
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Newbie; Brake Questions

Hi. I am new to bike commuting; I just got a used Raleigh SC 30 (2003). I have been reading the forums, and I know this is a heavier bike, etc., but my commute is short (less than 4 mi. round trip) and the roads here are awful (under construction for the past 6 months). I know I will have several questions. The first is: What's the deal with brakes? The specs on the SC 30 say it comes with Linear Spring Brakes. What does this mean? What kind are they? I am confused!
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Linear-pull brakes are also known as direct-pull brakes or v-brakes. They're pretty much the standard on mountain/comfort/hybrid bikes these days.

See explanation here:
http://sheldonbrown.com/gloss_da-o.html#directpull
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