Berkeley CSUA MOTD:Entry 53652
Berkeley CSUA MOTD
2018/06/23 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular

2010/1/21-25 [Transportation/Car] UID:53652 Activity:nil
1/21    The brakes on my bicycle lose a lot of braking power when they are wet.
        How come I don't feel the same problem with brakes on my car?  Do car
        brakes sense the braking power and automatically increase the brake
        pressure when there is less power than normal?  Thx.
        \_ Car brakes don't touch the road and the pads are much wider.
        \_ Car brakes don't get wet in the rain. At least not disc brakes.
           Older drum brakes do, but they are pretty rare these days.
2018/06/23 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular

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