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Brakes

The big ruse in bike-braking these days is that while everyone kowtows to the conclusion that "Disc brakes are better" they neglect to admit that "rim" brakes ARE disc brakes, and are perfect for most general riding. Every car-nut knows that the bigger discs stop best. The biggest disc possible on a bike wheel is the rim. The standard rim criticism is that rim's main job is to hold the tire, and that braking wears it out. That's meekly kind of true, but mostly it's a paranoia-inducing misleadment. Rim makers account for the wear when they make the rim. Under most conditions, the wheel craps out long before the braking surface does. There are legions of riders riding 15 year rims. A rock in a brake pad can cut that short, but you hear the scraping long before damage is done, so you know to get the point of a knife and remove the rock.

Summary: Some conditions and some uses warrant disc brakes. Most riding doesn't.

Most of us here commute year round in all weather (including wet weather) with rim brakes, with no problems at all. V-brakes are the strongest stoppers, cantis are next, and sidepulls are behind them, but modern dual-pivot sidepulls are nearly as good.

Any brake will work lousily if the set-up is bad, cables are bad, there’s friction between cable and housing, or the brake pads are old, hard, low-friction, or the rim is greasy or fouled with old brake pad material, dirt, or something sticky. But any of the brakes we sell are low-maintenance and stupendously effective,  Any questions about which brake for your bike or tires or anything related, just ask.