Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: In the wilds of NY
Bikes: Box Dog Pelican, Raleigh Sojourn, Specialized Secteur, 1991 Cannondale tandem
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Originally Posted by newnewbie
I agree that when pads needs replacement I should definitely replace (especially front brake pads). However, what is so wrong with using the rear brakes to slow down and have most of the wear over there instead of the front brakes/pads? I'll use them only on that downhill and the front brakes for everything else.
For one thing, you'll wear your rear brake out even faster, since it has much worse stopping power, and so you'll be wearing it out that much faster to achieve the same amount of deceleration. I.E. Pretend that you're using just your front brake to stop, and you're holding it for 15 seconds at the bottom of the hill. It might take 25-30 seconds of constant pressure of the rear brake alone, with the associated additional wear.
But even more importantly, as I said before, using the front brake needs to be your instinctive reaction because when you really need it, you don't want to be grabbing it in a panic stop and compound the problem by doing an endo.
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