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Mastering your brakes on a bicycle

This article will provide you with a clear understanding on how your brakes work and how to use them most effectively including emergency stops, braking while cornering and how to master your brakes.

How bicycle brakes work

Before we get started with how to use your brakes, first we must understand how it works. Currently there are three major kinds of bicycle brakes

How to replace hydraulic disc brake pads

In this guide I will be working on the Shimano Deore M596. This guide can be used for most hydraulic pad replacement. They all share the same principle of two moving pistons, pushing on the pads with a spring sandwich in between the pads to push them out as you release the leaver. In face the pistons themselves move back as you release the brake leaver, the springs in between the pads are there just to make sure that the pads stay in the correct place.

What you will need to perform this pad replacement

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