I notice from pictures of tours I've seen that you guys go down some amazingly long and steep hills when in the mountains and it just seems to me that you either have to fly down the hill or you have to do a lot of braking. I was curious what kind of strain this puts on your brakes. I am sure it is personal preference when going down hills just like how people enjoy jumping out of airplanes and other people think those people are crazy. I guess there are very nice brakes that can withstand the friction but I just feel like you would still need to be replacing your brake pads a lot. I am thinking people brake if they want to be safe and others are just more courageous. I brake when I go down hills feeling that is smart but still feeling bad for my brakes. Just wondering what other opinions there are out there, if there is a thread out there with this same topic I will delete mine.