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#1 2016-12-26 10:19am

indianadave
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Best brakes for small hands...

My 4 year old has a 12" Specialized BMX bike. It has a coaster brake, but I added a Dia-compe U-brake to the rear with some Vans cool stop pads. She's riding fast enough now, that she needs to be able to stop fast, too.
I've got Dia-compe levers, with adjustable reach, and have adjusted them in so she has no trouble reaching them. Also using Dia-compe MX900 caliper, if I recall correctly.
They take a lot of force to squeeze, though and she has to focus so much effort into squeezing them, that she takes her eyes off the road (or sidewalk).
Are there any u-brake caliper / lever combos that are strong, yet easy to pull?
Oh yea, I also have new slic cables on it, to take that out of the equation.
Thanks for any tips.

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#2 2016-12-29 9:50am

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Re: Best brakes for small hands...

Try a v-brake lever.  IIRC, v-brake lever & u-brake = massively overpowered.  (conversely, u-brake lever & v-brake = woefully underpowered).

It's the physics of long-pull lever.  Adjust it so the reach works for her--and it will probably work like a dream.


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#3 2016-12-29 12:17pm

indianadave
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Re: Best brakes for small hands...

Hmmm. I think I have some mountainbike V-brake levers laying around. I'll give that combo a try.
Thanks

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#4 2017-03-03 12:08pm

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Re: Best brakes for small hands...

Tektro 316AG Mini V Brake Lever

Check this lever out,   the regular mountain bike v brake levers sit farther away from the bars and she may not be able to hold the bar and reach the lever.

Working on the same stuff with my 6 year old daugher.


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#5 2017-06-08 9:14pm

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Re: Best brakes for small hands...

Searched the topic for "coaster" this is the only thread that came up.


Back pedals coaster or free wheel / hand brake for a little one...?

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