I bought bicycles around half a year ago (before that I didn't ride bicycles for almost 25 years).
Anyways.... I use them mostly for commuting to the train station.
I have a very steep and long downhill (uphill on the way back) which wears my brake pads pretty good.
I don't want to replace my pads every 1-2 months (costly) but it is important to have them working.
I thought about various ways of minimizing wear. Taking an alternative route is not an option and trying to slow down with my feet isn't really helpful and also dangerous.
The only way I came up with it to use the rear brakes (which are pretty worn down by now). I am able to slow down with them enough to maintain proper speed. But to really stop I have to use the front brakes.
I figured I should always use the rear brakes for slowing down and the front brakes only when I really need to stop.
This way I can significantly extend the life of the front brakes which can bring me to a full stop when I really need them.
Was just thinking if there are any other tricks I may not be aware of.