The brakes on a bicycle help the machine to slow down and to come to a complete halt. Although many people used bike breaks regularly, few people know how they work and the different types of breaks on the market. There are three main styles of breaks, and this includes:
Although each of the three styles above are different, they still have the same three building blocks.
For Cargo Bikes and Commuter Bicycles, when you squeeze or push a brake lever ( on handlebars or a peddle brake), the cable or rod that is running to the breaks shorten. As the rod or cable compress, the brake mechanism begins to squeeze the wheel. The drum or caliper gradually show the bike down. When the brake lever is released, the brakes open and the wheel again has free motion.
The function of brakes on a bike is to help control the speed of the machine, but all brakes are made differently. It is necessary to test and understand how the brakes of a new bike work are prior taking it for a ride. Whether riding commuter, BMX, or cargo bicycles, make sure you know how the brakes work.