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If there's one thing that's more important than making your bike go it's making it stop - here's how to keep your rim brakes performing to their best

In the second in our series of bike maintenance videos we take a look at your bike’s brakes - how they work and more importantly how to make work them work better - because while ‘going’ is an important part of the cycling experience ‘stopping’ is arguably even more important. 

In this video we are concentrate on rim brakes (we’re saving discs for our next series) and we have again teamed up with Cycle Surgery chief mechanic Andrew Brown for some expert input. 

The whole series of our bike maintenance videos is available now on Youtube to help you get to grips with the essentials of keeping your bike running efficiently all year round. 

How to Clean and Lube Your Bike for Maximum Cycling Efficiency
How to Get the Best from Your Bike's Brakes
How to Keep Your Bike's Wheels Round, Tight and True
How to Adjust Your Bike's Gears for Maximum Shifting Performance
How to Choose the Right Gear Ratios for You and Your Bike
How to Cure Your Bike's Creaks and Squeaks
How to Choose and Set Up the Right Tyres for Your Bike

Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.

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a1white [117 posts] 1 year ago
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That's a useful tip with the Business card, for Toe-ing in. Thanks

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hennie [31 posts] 1 year ago
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I agree. I can't believe I've never thought of that before! 

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ktache [910 posts] 1 year ago
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Got the tacx brake pad tuner.  Setting up my ancient curve cantilevers will never be a joy, but it does make it that little bit easier.  Wish I'd known about them many years ago.  I used to use a non working bank card.

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billsukhbir [35 posts] 1 year ago
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A really useful series of 'how to' and 'best tips' videos, so subscribed for future updates.  Cheers!

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step83 [42 posts] 7 months ago
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ktache wrote:

Got the tacx brake pad tuner.  Setting up my ancient curve cantilevers will never be a joy, but it does make it that little bit easier.  Wish I'd known about them many years ago.  I used to use a non working bank card.

 

I use one too, works great just a bit fiddly at times.

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BehindTheBikesheds [2271 posts] 7 months ago
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cleaning rims, astonish paste and a clean rag/duster.