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Disc brake bed-in

De Gendt wins solo in Catalunya; the longest day at Cape Epic: Daily News Digest

by Caley Fretz

March 22, 2018

In today’s Daily News Digest: Elia Viviani wins Driedaasge de Panne; Thomas de Gendt wins solo in Catalunya; Canyon-Topeak and Investec Songo Specialized take wins at Cape Epic; The life and death of the Wolfpack Marathon Crash Race; CyclingTips Podcast: Driverless cars, Milan-San Remo, and a Tour de France tangent; Proper disc-brake bed-in; Scott Sunderland out of action due to new concussion; Funding for walking and cycling infrastructure falls short in Australia; Minali wins stage 4 of the Tour of Langkawi; UCI launches next phase in testing for hidden motors

Disc brake bed-in

Learn to properly bed-in your disc brakes

by Caley Fretz

A bed-in process is required in any metallic brake system, including the brakes on a car, and your disc-brake gravel or road bike is no exception. It’s a simple procedure, less than 10 minutes long, and ensures that the first time you really need those discs, they’re working at full strength.

It’s not just about those first few pulls of the lever, though. Fail to bed-in your disc brakes and you could suffer vibration, noise, poor modulation, and low power. Nobody wants that.

To put it in terms familiar to rim-brake aficionados, hopping on your bike without bedding-in new disc rotors and pads is like rolling down a mountain pass with rim brake pads that aren’t properly adjusted — toed out, for example. They’ll work, but not as well as they should.

Since more riders are currently jumping on their first disc-brake bike than at any time since discs swept mountain biking in the early 2000’s, let’s talk about how to bed-in your disc brakes properly.

Click through to read more at CyclingTips.com.

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