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How Can Bicycles Brake More Safely? Most People Do It Wrong!

Whether it is an urban public bicycle or a mountain bike, the brake is an indispensable part, which is related to the safety of the entire riding process, and traffic accidents will occur if you are not careful. Today, I will give you some basic knowledge about bicycle braking system.


I. The role of bicycle brake system


There are many misconceptions about the role of different types of bicycle brakes. In fact, the brake is not only used for parking, but also to control the speed, that is, to generate braking.


II. Should the bicycle brake system brake the front wheel or the rear wheel first?


1. The front wheel braking effect is better


Due to the influence of inertia, the friction between the road surface and the front wheel will be strengthened when the front brake is operating, so the brake of the front wheel controlled by the right hand brake will have a better braking effect. Most people's right hand reacts faster, presumably this is why the state stipulates the right hand brake to brake the front wheel. However, it is also easier to lock, that is, the tires do not rotate, and the bicycle slides on the road like a brick, so use the front bicycle brake system with caution in fast driving, downhill, etc.


2. Is it safer to use the front and rear brakes together?


Many people feel that it is safer to brake the front and rear wheels together. But in fact, such an approach is more likely to produce a "flick" phenomenon! Because the deceleration force of the front wheel is greater than the deceleration force of the rear wheel, if the front brake still brakes when the rear wheel slips, the rear wheel will throw the front wheel, and the force of the rear brake must be reduced immediately, or the rear brake must be completely released. to restore balance.


3. When to use the rear wheel brake?


The following special situations must use the rear brake to stop the car:

(1) Slippery, soft pavement

Slippery and soft roads are easy to cause wheel slippage, and rear wheel slippage is easy to restore balance, so the rear brake must be used to stop the car.

(2) bumpy road

On bumpy roads, there is a good chance that the wheels will jump off the ground. With the front brake, the front wheel will lock up.

(3) When the front tire blows out

If the front tire is suddenly punctured and the front brake is still used, the tire may detach from the steel rim, causing the car to roll over.


III. Braking skills of bicycle brake system


(1) When using the front brake when driving straight, the person's body should lean back to prevent the body from flying forward due to inertia.


(2) When using the brakes when turning, the center of gravity should be moved inward, and the inclination angle of the body should be greater than the inclination angle of the bicycle to maintain balance.


(3) On general roads, when there is no worry of the front wheel slipping, the front brake controlled by the right-hand handle is the main method, and the rear brake controlled by the left-hand handle is supplemented; In road conditions that may cause the front wheel to skid, the rear bicycle brake system is the mainstay, and the front brake is supplemented.

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