Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Washington, the state
Flashing the brake light can be a very good idea. Pumping the brakes to slow better is a bad idea. If you need the brakes, stay on the brakes. Modern brakes do not overheat except on long steep downhill sections where the driver (car, truck, or bike) should have downshifted and used the engine to slow. I'm not sure old brakes would overheat in normal use, even normal hard use. HH grade brake pads are rated at 600°C (1,112°F) and continue working above that.
In a car, pumping non-ABS brakes when you're on a slippery surface might stop a skid. In a bike, releasing and re-applying the front brake if the front tire skids might keep you upright. If the rear skids, stay on the brake and ride the bike down. If the rear skids, gets sideways, you release the brake and the rear regains traction, it tosses you off into the weeds--a high side.
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