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Biking 101: Braking

Maximizing your pedal stroke will certainly get you going, but when cycling you need to know how to slow yourself down, too. Here are a few tips on braking while biking:


  • Brake with your hands at the end of the lever to exert optimal pressure.
  • If you are stopping quickly, slide your bum to the very back of your saddle, aka bike seat. This helps prevent the dreaded endo, where you flip over the handlebars.
  • Cruising down a long hill? Don't ride your brakes, but use the feathering technique — tap the brakes, applying intermittent pressure. You should feather your breaks when the pavement is wet as well.

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