Re: [rootsradicals] Re: OT: Brake slip question
Sorry for such a delayed response. My wife and I just bought our first
home, which was built in the 1930s and we have been busy as heck
fixing it up while moving in.
Anyway, some more benefits of disc brakes are:
1) The brake pads of disc brakes do not stop/rub on the actual rims of
the wheels, so there are no worries of grit gradually wearing away at
your rim's side-walls. This should be a concern especially if you have
2) If you get into a minor accident and/or your wheel(s) become out of
true, disc brakes will still brake as normal. Rim-based brakes may
cause your wheel to drag or even stop completely if the wheel is untrue.
3) Most disc brake tend to be a lot easier to adjust than rim-based brakes.
Steve, you said "All bikes can be made to use disc brakes," but did
you perhaps mean "most bikes?" In most cases a bike's front fork can
be replaced with a disc-brake compatible fork, so that would convert
at least one wheel to disc brake. However, what about bike frames
without disc brake mounts for the rear wheel? When I had my old
Univega 750 mountain bike I was only able to install disc brakes on my
rear wheel when I got an updated FreeRadical frame with disc brake
Also, you said one of the drawbacks of disc brakes is the potential of
getting lube on them. However, the same would be true of rim-based
brakes. Only an internal hub/coaster brake would be immune to lube.
Fixing the lube-on-disc-brake problem should be as simple as wiping
down the rotor and pads with possibly going as far as having to water,
alcohol, or something else. Normally I ride with a bottle of water and
a very small first aid kit, which has alcohol pads, so I can use
either of those if really necessary. Also, the surface-area of a rim's
side wall is way more than that of a disc brake rotor, so less
cleaning should be needed when getting lube on disc brakes as opposed
to getting lube on rim-based brakes.
How often do people get lube on their disc brakes anyway? I would
imagine the potential of lube making contact with any brake pad would
be greater on a rim-based pad. That is because your rims spin around
closer to the ground where their might be an oil spill, etc. Where as,
a disc brake rotor spins much higher off the ground. Other than
on-the-road scenarios like oil spills, I would imagine you would only
ever get lube on your brakes during a repair session at home or in the
shop. Obviously if that happens, you would thoroughly clean it up
sooner than later during your maintenance.