Classic Bicycle Brakes

The brakes are one of the most important components in our bikes, either walking, urban mountain … We can ride safely and beable to stop in time to avoid traffic accidents, avoid an object in the ground or simply out more comfortably a traffic light. There are different types of brake and each has its pros and cons, brakes v-brakes or calipper are the most widespread in urban bikes because of its simplicity, good performance and low maintenance. Gradually, the disc brake is being implemented in urban high -end bikes, they offer the best braking power market, but carry more maintenance than conventional brakes. All brakes need basic maintenance, the greater the complexity of the mechanism will be greater braking maintenance.

We’ll detail the types of bicycle brake with its advantages and disadvantages as mentioned on Zipcodesexplorer.


The v-brake brakes are the most common in all types of bikes, both urban, how classic and mountain bikes. Its powerful braking and simplicity of operation makes it one of the most efficient and affordable for a non-expert public brakes. His ability to manufacture plastic, makes brands such as Decathlon (btwin) or Carrefour, mounted V-brakes plastic in its most basic ranges, losing some braking power due to bending of plastic, but within standards quality for cheap bikes. The V-brake quality, brakes are usually made of aluminum, due to its low bending and light weight, they offer powerful braking and weight very content, which makes bicycles have an efficient braking, with hardly effort the brake lever, in fact many cargo bikes mounted v-brakes to trust their braking.

Calipper or fork

Calipper brakes, are very common in road bikes, its light weight and easy anchoring (using a single screw to the frame or fork), makes them very easy to repair and replace any parts. If it is true that the braking power is not as good as in the v-brake brakes, but it compensates with ease and lightness adjustment. I there are two types of brakes fork or calipper, the single pivot, and double pivot, The single pivot are the oldest, the two brake cam revolve around the same pivot, and braking is quite poor due the little lever that can make the two cams pivot attached thereto. Brakes hairpin double pivot, are more modern, the mechanism is more akin to brake v-brake that classic calipper, because its operation is based on each brake cam revolves around a different pivot, so the lever is much higher than in the brakes calipper simple pivot, though braking is quite improvement does not reach the potency of the v-brake.


The Cantilever brakes began to include in the mountainbike medidados 80, because it leaves a step very wide wheel, thus being able to drain accumulated on wheels and later, mud by this concept, extended to bicycles cyclocross today it is common to see cantilever brakes on bikes cyclocross and touring, because they have a lightness and braking power similar to the V-brake and ease of drainage for dirty wheels, but without certainly the biggest drawback of the cantilever brakes is its complicated adjustment.

Drum brakes

The drum brake is a guy who has spent many years in operation, due to its reliability and low maintenance, many Nordic bicycles, mostly Dutch, take him riding for years, and it is not difficult to see bikes retro with more than 30 years antique continue holding back, without changing any parts. The big problem with these brakes are its low braking power and weight.

Disc brakes

Disc brakes are arguably the most powerful on the market in two variants, either mechanical or hydraulic, the usually mounted modern mountain bike and increasingly urban high-end bicycles, power braking and nice touch makes is the most efficient existing bicycle brake also because the brake caliper, blocks a disc and not a tire, the tire will not go braking even if it is slightly off. The only drawback of these brakes is their high maintenance and high cost of spare parts, how the brake pads.

Rod brakes

Rod brakes are the most classic and rudimentary brakes today, its great virtue is aesthetics, but on the contrary, are very complicated to install, are heavy braking mechanisms and is not very efficient. Normally installation on old bicycles is quite tedious and must resort to lengthen or cut the rods to fit together seamlessly. tires for this type of brakes have a clue special braking since the brake pads act vertically rather than horizontally.

Contrapedal or Coaster-brake

The coaster brake is a drum brake in the rear hub that is driven giving back the pedals, the pros and cons of these brakes are very similar to those of the brakes conventional drum are heavy and braking underpowered, but on the contrary it does not need maintenance and penalties in this case all wires are eliminated, since the operated brake pedal by no wiring is not necessary.