Now Cyclists Can Apply Both Brakes using one Lever by Slidepad
We all know the fact that the majority of a bicycle's stopping power comes from the front brake and many novice and casual riders worry that if they apply that brake too hard they'll go flying over the handlebars. So, as a result to be on the safe side they often only use the rear brake and it was for cyclists such as these that the Slidepad system was created. Slidepad allows both brakes to be applied with the squeeze of a single lever in such a way that the front brake will never lock up on its own.
How this system works:
Slidepad only works with rim brakes, not discs. Rider squeezes the one and only handlebar-mounted brake lever which has a traditional-style cable and housing running to the rear brake and as the brake pads engage the forward-turning rim one of them actually slides forward a bit with it: the brake calipers and the other pad remain in place.
Second cable attached to the back of that sliding pad loops forward and proceeds up to the front brake. It pulls on the cable, as the pad moves, thus activating the front brake a split-second after the rear one.
A lot of manufacturers already offer an alternative – single brake levers that can accommodate both front and rear brake cables at the same time. So, Why not just use one of those? 2 cables hooked up to one lever means there is always a fixed amount of braking to each front and rear brake and it doesn't change if you're on a slippery surface or leaning too far forward, etc. Slidepad's breakthrough innovation is that it allows the front brake force to intelligently change based on the riding situation For example: if the rear wheel begins to lift off the ground as if you grabbed too much front brake which will likely prevent an unwanted accident.
The Slidepad was developed primarily for bicycle manufacturers to build into their new models and is already standard equipment on several of latest bikes. It can additionally be purchased as a kit for retrofitting existing bikes which is priced at US$49.95.