Brake pads need replacing from time to time, especially over winter, as they pick up more grit and grime from wet roads.
There are two main classes of brakes: rim brakes and disc brakes. Rim brakes – which can be v-brakes or cantilevers – are often found on road or hybrid bikes and the pads clamp onto the rim to bring you to a stop.
Disc brakes are commonly found on mountain bikes, some hybrids, and more recently on road and cyclocross bikes. These have brake pads which clamp onto a disc in the centre of the wheel to stop you.
In both cases, the pads wear down over time and will need replacing, probably a couple of times a year but this will be dependent upon use.
So – how do you know when you need to replace yours? We asked Jenni Gwiazdowski founder of the London Bike Kitchen.