Re: New here.
Maybe it's just me and the little back wheel and low speed but the brakes that are on my front came off a bike that was worn out when I got it. I don't think the brake pads have changed much at all. But then I have the coaster rear brakes that do most of the real work.
Are you sure that you aren't adjusting them too tight and they are dragging.
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