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Hydraulic brakes? (bicycle)

Postby Coat » Tue Jun 04, 2013 6:17 pm

Anybody have experience with hydraulic brakes and playa dust? Tryin' to figure out my bike plans.
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Re: Hydraulic brakes? (bicycle)

Postby MikeGyver » Tue Jun 04, 2013 7:18 pm

No on Playa experience but as long as your don't open the fluid system you shouldn't have any problems.
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Re: Hydraulic brakes? (bicycle)

Postby MacGlenver » Tue Jun 04, 2013 7:39 pm

Simpler is generally better. Never tried hydraulic brakes, but i'd say that you're better off if you only bring things that can be repaired relatively simply when they break.
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Re: Hydraulic brakes? (bicycle)

Postby Coat » Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:56 pm

Very polar insights... I like it. Mrpatatomoto would you suggest using brake cleaner out there? I could trust the dust for the week.
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Re: Hydraulic brakes? (bicycle)

Postby MikeGyver » Tue Jun 04, 2013 11:04 pm

Coat wrote:Very polar insights... I like it. Mrpatatomoto would you suggest using brake cleaner out there? I could trust the dust for the week.


Think about it this way, most of the art cars our there use hydraulic brakes and they don't have any issues. I would suggest not bringing an expensive bike though, they grow legs and walk away sometimes.
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Re: Hydraulic brakes? (bicycle)

Postby mudpuppy000 » Wed Jun 05, 2013 5:49 am

I think the real question is whether disk brakes will have problems... I'd say most likely. When I've gone mountain biking in really dusty areas they started squealing like mad.
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Re: Hydraulic brakes? (bicycle)

Postby dragonpilot » Wed Jun 05, 2013 12:35 pm

Since you won't be careening down any steep hills on the playa, the braking power you'll need is minimal...unless you plan on accelerating to speeds in excess of 15 mph. Simple pads on rims work just fine.. Discs are OK, and if it's an old cheap setup you won't care if they get scored.
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Re: Hydraulic brakes? (bicycle)

Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Jun 05, 2013 6:52 pm

Coat wrote:Very polar insights... I like it.

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Re: Hydraulic brakes? (bicycle)

Postby jebus_curst » Sun Jun 09, 2013 6:47 pm

Coat wrote: would you suggest using brake cleaner out there? .

Do not use brake cleaner. Most brake cleaner is spray kind. It would be next to impossible for the chemicals not to touch the ground. If you did over a tarp it could protect the ground from being damaged. Now comes reason behind brake cleaner, There is not a good one. Anything that is clean will instantly become covered in dust. Wait till you get home to thoroughly clean your bike. Think cheap or easy to maintain.
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Re: Hydraulic brakes? (bicycle)

Postby ranger magnum » Tue Jun 18, 2013 10:38 pm

You will have no problem with hydraulic brakes. I am assuming these are discs and not the old type of Magura? Regardless, they will be fine. You can get cable actuated discs for cheap. These are what you find on walmart or kmart bikes.
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