A type of bicycle brake using two pads pressing against the wheel rim.
Example usage: 'I'm having trouble with my rim brakes.'
Most used in: Mountain biking and road cycling.
Most used by: Mountain bikers and road cyclists.
Comedy Value: 2/10
What are Rim Brakes?
Rim brakes are a type of bicycle braking system which uses friction generated by two brake pads being pressed against the wheel's rim in order to slow down or stop a bike. Rim brakes are the most common type of brakes used on bikes and are found on almost all road, mountain, and hybrid bikes.
Rim brakes are typically operated by a lever mounted on the handlebar which when pulled, moves the brake pads towards the wheel's rim. The amount of force needed to pull the lever, and the amount of friction generated by the brake pads, can be adjusted using a screw or other mechanism.
Rim brakes are generally considered to be reliable and effective, although they are not as powerful as disc brakes and can be affected by wet or muddy conditions. According to a survey of over 2,500 cyclists conducted by Bicycling Magazine, 75% of cyclists use rim brakes.
Rim brakes are relatively inexpensive and easy to maintain, making them a popular choice for cyclists of all abilities.
The Origin of Rim Brakes in Cycling
Rim brakes are a type of bicycle brake that uses calipers to press two brake pads against the rim of the wheel. This is the most common type of brake used on bicycles today.
The concept of rim brakes was first developed in the late 19th century in Europe. At the time, the brakes were operated by levers that were connected to the frame of the bike. The bike was then stopped by the rider pushing against the levers.
The first mass-produced rim brakes were developed in the early 20th century by the British company BSA. The brakes were first marketed in the 1920s and quickly gained popularity among cyclists. The brakes became known as “rim brakes” because the pads pressed against the rim of the wheel.
Since then, rim brakes have become the standard for most bicycles. They are reliable, easy to use, and relatively inexpensive. They are also easy to maintain and can be adjusted to suit the rider’s preference.