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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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Allytta Allytta 8 years
about the flipping - just adjust your brakes. they don't need to be as sharp as a car's. i always adjust mine to be less sensitive and it always stops when i need it to, but not in a dangerous way that i might fly over.
1apple 1apple 8 years
I would recommend using only your back brake if you can help it, to prevent going over the handlebars...and I would know...
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I agree -- good tips. Thanks.
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