There is actually a bit of technique to braking, and I am not talking about popping and locking. When you are out riding your bike these important pointers will help you with the most essential element of riding a bike – stopping.
- Basic Technique: For the best use of your power, let the machine do the work. Apply pressure toward the end of the levers so you squeeze less to a greater effect.
- Quick Stop: Press the brakes firmly, and counter act the bike's forward momentum by moving your back end to the back end of the seat. This little shift of your weight back can prevent you from flying forward over your handle bars.
- Downhill Braking: Do not keep a constant squeeze on the brakes when you ride downhill. The friction of the brake can overheat the rim causing a blowout, something you definitely want to avoid. Gently tap the brakes, applying intermittent pressure. This is a great technique to avoiding skidding when the streets are slick with rain.
So get on your bike and pedal hard knowing that you can brake without breaking yourself.