Brakes of Beijing

Beijing has many bikes. These bikes all have brakes.

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Ofo Bike

This bike by the Ofo bicycle rental company has belt brakes on the front and rear wheels:

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Ofo Front Belt Brake

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Ofo Rear Belt Brake

Belt brakes are very China.

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mobike bike

This very fancy single-tine fork and single-chainstay/no-seatstay bike by the mobike bicycle rental company looks like it has disk brakes front and rear. Let’s take a closer look.

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mobike rear

It’s a disk brake in the back. What about the front?

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mobike front

It’s a fake disk on a drum brake! Those jokers!

Look at this old-fashioned brake. It’s a single level across both ends of the handlebars attached to a rod that pulls together the brake pads to squeeze the rim. Cables must have been hard to come by back in this bike’s day.

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rod brake lever

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rod brake pads

rod 1

rod brake, forgive the artifact of the panorama composition

A bicycle rental company may even use more than one model of bicycle. Here, we see another mobike bicycle.

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mobike with a belt brake and fun tires

It has a belt brake in the rear, but also of note are its non-pneumatic tires. The tires flex with many tiny holes that allow the solid rubber to give in when the road is rough. It is like riding a Nike Air.

In conclusion, Beijing is a land of contrasting bicycle brakes.

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