Beijing has many bikes. These bikes all have brakes.
This bike by the Ofo bicycle rental company has belt brakes on the front and rear wheels:
Belt brakes are very China.
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.
It’s a disk brake in the back. What about the 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.
A bicycle rental company may even use more than one model of bicycle. Here, we see another mobike bicycle.
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.