Originally Posted by Sniper
The only reason to ever touch the back brake is in a situation of questionable traction, like rain or gravel. Wearing out a set of rear pads in 5k is recipe for disaster.
Sorry Sniper, but I beg to differ.. (no disrespect however)
It all depends on where you ride and the conditions you're riding in.
While using a set of rear pads in 5k is pretty extreme I'll grant you, I have always tended to go through rear pads a tad quicker than front ones.
That's because I trail the rear brake very VERY slightly while filtering (lane splitting) at low speeds. This frees my throttle hand for finer control, helps maintain control while manuvering between cars and is instantly available if some knob in his tin tortoise does something unexpected.
I ride twice every day in peak hour traffic..
However, once I'm out of the traffic, or doing my "thang" on the weekends, then the rear gets it's normal vestigial use, either to "blip" the brake light so the guy following me knows I may be about to ease up or just to maintain control in u-turns etc.
I also tend to trail the rear brake a little just before applying front brake pressure. Can't really explain or justify this other than to say I find it helps me set the bike up for main braking action.
All this light, yet relatively frequent dragging wears the brake pads quicker than the short but harder front brake applications.
At least this is MY experience.
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