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Old 06-01-12, 03:01 PM
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Hello Bike Forums,
I have been doing a lot of stationary bike riding trying to get in better shape. I would like to start doing some road riding. I visited a local bike shop and bikes are much different than the last time I rode at least 25 years ago. I hope to learn a lot here until I can get my bike.

I have a question. I don't know if this is the correct place to ask, if not please point me in the right direction. How important are disc brakes? I got to play around a little on the Trek 7.1-7.3s, I believe they were. Is it worth the extra price for the disc brakes? If so, I will wait until I can afford them. Thanks for your help.
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Old 06-01-12, 03:03 PM
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Hi Joe,

Welcome to Bike Forums.

I have ridden 46,000 road miles with rim brakes...no problems for me.
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If you envision yourself riding in mud and dirt, or doing errands in the driving rain on a regular basis, or planning extreme downhill events where you will be using brakes extensively over a long period of time, there is something to be said about having disk brakes. Otherwise rim brakes will be just fine. If you are racing or otherwise need the lightest bicycle possible, then rim brakes are your friend.

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Old 06-01-12, 09:46 PM
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Disc brakes are great on mountain bikes. They perform better in the mud, and hydraulic discs are generally powerful and have great modulation. On my road bike though, I'm perfectly happy with my rim brakes. Heck, one of my mountain bikes has V-brakes on the rims too, and that works fine, so they're not technically necessary at all, just nice in certain situations.
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