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Taming Wet Brake-Drum during Rainy seasons

Like me, there must be a lot of Indian fellows riding their bikes
during all seasons and for all reasons. A typical problem during rainy
season is wet brake drums which can cause very risky accidents due to
failure of reactive brakes. When it suddenly starts to rain, the rider
should generally slow down the speed of the bike as it becomes very
skiddy on the roads along with yielding brakes. We have disc brakes
now which does not have this problem of brakes yielding. Still disc
brakes are riskier because they bring the wheel to zero which may cause
unexpected skids on the road.

Let me get to the point. When the brake drum gets wet, no matter
how hard you hold the brakes, the wheels will not stop. If you
following the below said procedure, you can easily overcome this
problem.

  1. Pick on a safe road where you are ride comfortably. Or prepare yourself for a the procedure where you are riding.
  2. Hold the front brakes partially and start accelerating.
  3. Dont hold the brakes too tight, as it would waste a lot of fuel.
  4. Make sure you dont ride too fast.. 20-30kmph is a safe speed.
  5. After crossing say 500 meters, test your front brake for its response to your brakes
  6. If it is still blunt, repeat the above procedure until youbecome comfortable.
  7. You may use the same procedure for the rear brakes as well.
    The only warning it, you may see that your bike responds more to the
    back brake by skidding.

The idea here is, heat the brake drum and force the wetness to
evaporate. When the drum is wet, the asbestor lining would fail
reacting to the application of brakes. When you hold the brakes and
continue accelerating; the lining gets heated up due to friction and
slowly the wetness would start to evaporate. But when you do this
often, the life of your brake shoes will drastically reduce. So use
this technique smartly.

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