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This page discusses the maintenance of bicycle brakes. A loss of braking power could lead to death or severe injury, especially on hills or in traffic. Your V Brakes may not match the one described in this document. This document may not clearly express the assembly of the brake it describes, or may even contain errors. We are not responsible. If you use the information in this document, you take full responsibility for the outcome. If that is not acceptable to you, please do not read this document.
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|V brakes have two pivots, each attached to the fork or a
horseshoe shaped implement attached to the fork. They use a single
cable coming in from the side rather than a transverse (Y shaped) cable
V brakes typically have very high mechanical advantage, meaning that you need to pull a lot of cable to get the brake shoes to move just a little bit. This means that on a perfectly adjusted bike, V brakes are incredibly powerful, capable of flipping the bike. However, if things come just a little bit out of adjustment, braking power decreases dramatically.
V brakes require significant maintenance.
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