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The use of mountain bike front and rear brakes and tips

Old 03-19-22, 07:36 AM
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The use of mountain bike front and rear brakes and tips

Basic knowledge of brakes.
  1. Brakes are for speed control, not just for stopping use.
  2. The front brake has a better braking effect.
  3. Brakes have the greatest braking effect when they are about to die, after they die, the braking performance is greatly reduced, and easy to lose balance.

  Many novices prefer to use the rear brakes and less the front brakes because they are worried that using the front brakes will lead to heeling. The front brake is safer in many situations, and learning to use it can be learned quickly.

  Why do we mainly use the front brake?

  1. The front brake will have a better braking effect. When the front brake is used, because of inertia, the pressure between the front wheel and the road is strengthened and the braking effect is increased. When the front brake is used, the pressure between the front wheels and the road is strengthened and the braking effect is increased because of inertia. When the rear brake is used, there is no such effect.
  2. When going downhill, only the front brakes have enough braking power because most of the vehicle and human weight is on the front wheels, and the friction between the front wheels and the road is increased. The rear wheels have very little pressure on the road, so the friction becomes small and the braking effect is very poor.

  Exercises for using brakes.

  Generally, the brake handle on a mountain bike is a two-finger brake handle, so when you ride, put your index and middle fingers on it to brake immediately in case of an emergency. Many riders leave their index finger for shifting and only use their middle finger to control the brake so that shifting and braking can be done at the same time.
  The first thing we need to learn is to control the braking force, slowly familiarize ourselves with how much force can be applied to achieve how much braking force, to control the braking effect and prevent locking, after familiarizing ourselves with the relationship between braking force and braking effect, you can use the front brake with confidence.
  3. You can master the front brake technique by practicing fast stopping, paying attention to the change of body weight when braking, and controlling it.

  Things to note when using the front brake.

  1. When stopping in an emergency, your body should move backward and downwards with the brakes, to prevent the inertia caused by the weight forward when braking from lifting the rear wheels or even sending people flying out.
  2. When the front wheels are turning, you should not use the front brake, but when you are skilled, you can use the front brake slightly.
  3. Avoid using the front brake when there are obstacles in front of you.
  Normally, the rear brake is mainly used as an auxiliary function, and a little control of the rear brake when using the front brake will have a better effect.

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helpful post. any observations on "when to walk the bike"? was on a tricky trail Saturday. made the mistake of riding a cpl tough sections, up & down. eventually became more cautious
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