Stopping in the wet

by step.doran   November 20, 2009  

So having survived the wet ride home I noticed that my v-brakes weren't hugely effective.

Anyone got any specific tips on tweaking them to work a bit better? Should I just tighten them up as much as possible or is it more keeping them as dry and warm as possible while riding?

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changing the blocks can make a whole world of difference - what blocks are you running now?

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posted by purplecup [233 posts]
20th November 2009 - 13:29


Shouldn't be any problem in the wet with V-brakes.

You don't want them to bite too soon. The bite point should be where the levers are reasonably close to the bars, where your fingers have more power (but obviously not so close that the levers can touch the bars).

Otherwise I second what purplecup said. The compound in the blocks can make a big difference in the wet.

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1448 posts]
20th November 2009 - 18:31


clean your rims too, give the braking surface a good scrub. a bit of emery board out of a puncture repair kit is good for roughing them up a bit and giving your brakes more bite, careful you don't sand your tyres though Smile

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7855 posts]
21st November 2009 - 0:13


Thanks for the tips. My backs are ashima 3 function blocks which felt pretty good until the wet day, think I did some 'on the move' adjustment and think I've moved them right off.

May be some sunday arvo tinkering methinks.

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posted by step.doran [71 posts]
21st November 2009 - 22:28


Going back many years the block compounds were different colours - black which were harder was suitable for dry weather and red which were softer was suitable for wet. Using red blocks in the summer just wore them out faster.

I remember swapping the blocks - or at least using red blocks on the winter bike.

Hope this helps.

posted by l4urence [9 posts]
26th November 2009 - 18:51


Make sure the blocks are correctly positioned too. This can make quite a difference.


posted by OldRidgeback [2581 posts]
27th November 2009 - 11:02