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Not being able to brake while you are cycling is one of the worst things that can happen to a cyclist, and very dangerous as well. This is why bicycle brakes are essential components for cycling.
You have to choose good-quality brakes for your bike, that ensure your total safety and will always work fine. Taking this into account, before buying new brakes, check that they are compatible with the bike you use.
There are several different brake systems for cycles. The most important ones are rim brakes and disc brakes.
Rim brakes: They are the most common brake system on the market. The pressure applied to the levers gets transferred to the brake pads, which causes friction on the front or rear wheel rim and reduces the bike’s speed or totally stops it. Amongst rim brakes, different braking systems can be found – caliper, cantilever, drum or coaster brakes, etc.
Disc brakes. This braking system can be either mechanical or hydraulic. Braking force is applied to the disc itself, which offers higher force and efficiency when compared with rim brakes.
Bicycle brakes consist of different components. These, working together, make the set work correctly. Brakes are formed by the following components:
Brake levers: They are the main contact point between the bike and the cyclist. By actioning them, you will start the braking process that will stop the bike.
Brake calipers: This is the part that pushes the brake pad against the wheel rims, acting as a clamp. Depending on how hard you hit the brake, the brake caliper will either slow down or totally stop the bike.
Brake cables: They are a vital part for the correct functioning and safety of the brakes. Their aim is to transmit the tension created through the brake lever to the brake pad. It’s important to keep them in good condition and check them regularly.
Brake pads: These are the components directly in contact with the rim. Their aim is to apply friction to the rim and either slow down or stop the bike, depending on how hard they hit the rim. Check and change the brake pads regularly in order to brake as safely as possible.
At Santafixie you will find spare parts for all the components of the braking system, and choose those that best fit your cycling style or your bike’s features.