Braking too abruptly when you are cycling at a high speed can be risky. However, you cannot completely avoid pressing on your brakes too hard and too quickly as you can always encounter unmindful pedestrians, reckless car drivers, or carefree animals on the road. So, how do you make a quick and efficient brake without injuring yourself?
Here’s how to brake safely during high speed:
Regardless of the brake system you’re making use of, be it mechanical disc, hydraulic or v-brake, you have to press on your rear brake as hard as you can then followed by your front brake. You do this to have some delay for your front brake as it tends to take effect first before the rear.
But considering the emergency, most bicyclists use both brakes at the same time. In this case, the front brake takes effect first which causes a rider to flip over. If both the front and rear brakes work at the same time, a rider just slides with his bicycle, which is safe most of the time.
The key on how to brake safely during high speed is to practice braking with both brakes making sure that the rear will take effect first. This could be achieved by having your rear brake tighter than the front (for mechanical disc and v-brake). This is not applicable for hydraulic, though. So you have to learn a delayed braking for your front brake even in case of an emergency.