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A bicycle is a vehicle composed of many elements, joined together to form a perfect joint. Among the most important components of a bicycle are certainly the brakes, because they allow the rider to move safely and stop when necessary, or even reduce speed.
Precisely because of their usefulness, bicycle brakes must be functional and precise, able to lock the wheels gradually but efficiently at the same time.
Because of the great importance of brakes on a bicycle, whatever the use of the bike and the type of rider, they must be chosen with care, they must be of high quality, and manufacturers are constantly working on research and innovations to improve their products.
The braking impulse, whether to slow down or stop the bike, is given by the rider using the lever on the handlebar. At this point, the braking system is activated and, depending on the type of bike brake, all its elements come into play.
Like every component that evolves over time and the introduction of new technologies, there are some bike brakes that have fallen into disuse and others that are growing significantly.
Currently the most common systems are:
Then there are other types of brakes, which have a smaller market share and have never reached the general public: these are drum brakes, coaster brakes or the now obsolete rod brakes that acted directly on the tyre.
The brakes are an essential part of the bicycle, and we should always check that the pads, or brake pads, are clean and not too used. It is always good to have working brakes, and if certain parts are consumed they need to be replaced so that you can always go out safely on your rides or training rides.
Hydraulic disc brakes are the ones that require the most maintenance; they have a special oil inside the sheaths. If air bubbles form inside the sheath, braking may be uneven and it is essential that the oil is always under pressure. In some cases it is necessary to replace the disc because, mainly as a result of falls, the disc could bend and no longer allow smooth braking.
Changing brakes varies greatly in cost, from a few euros to replace pads to a higher price to change the whole system. Ask Cicli Mattio for a quotation, we will meet your needs. Remember, however, the expense of keeping your bike's braking system in order is a useful expense and not a superficial one; safety on the road must always be a priority.