The Proper BMX Brake

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The proper brake depends on a few things, including how you're using your bike. Find out about the proper BMX brake with help from the co-owner of Berkshire Bike and Board in this free video clip.

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Hello, my name is Steffen Root, co-owner of Berkshire Bike and Board in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Today we're going to talk about the proper BMX brake. So depending on your application whether you're riding street, dirt jump, the style of brake that is going to be best for that application is what's called a U brake or a caliper brake which is shown right here. This style of brake is tucked in underneath the frame. It's out of the way, it's very clean. It doesn't get in the way of the rider doing tricks, stunts, things of that nature. If you are BMX racing, the proper BMX brake to use is what we call a V brake shown here. It has a linear pull across the top, it is a more powerful brake which is used for racing application. It is a little bit more obtrusive so that's why the jumpers and the freestylers do not use it. It is a lighter better brake for the racing application. So that is how to choose the correct BMX brake for your application. My name is Steffen Root, co-owner of Berkshire Bike and Board in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

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