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For the safety of yourself and your fellow road users, it is important that you have properly functioning bicycle brakes on your bicycle. To be able to brake safely, it is important to adjust your bicycle brakes properly. In addition, it is also useful to have some knowledge about how your brakes work. In this blog we will talk about how a handbrake works on the bicycle.

How does a handbrake work on my bike?

The hand brakes on your bicycle work by pressing the levers that are on either side of the handlebars. When you press the hand brakes you come to a stop. Your left hand brake is usually to bring your back wheel to a stop. Your right hand brake is to stop your front wheel. Make sure you press both handbrakes at the same time. Otherwise, you will come to a crashing stop.

In addition, there are also different types of hand brakes, so you have roller brakes, V-brakes and disc brakes.

With roller brakes, you brake by means of a roller. This is especially common on expensive city bikes.

V-brakes are often found on touring bikes. Here, blocks are pressed against the rim and the bike comes to a stop.

Disc brakes work by using oil that is moved through a brake line to the caliper. The resulting pressure causes the pistons to push against the brake discs.

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