How do BMX Brakes Work?

bmx brakes are usually standard caliper brakes..
they can also be found on 26" bikes and other bikes, they are less powerful than v brakes and disc brakes.

there are 4 parts to the brake, the brake lever (handlebars) the brake cable, the brake calipers and the brake pads.

the pads are on either side of the rim of the wheel, attached to the callipers which sit on brake mounts and are bolted in on springs, they cross over just after the rib of the tyre. the cable attatches to both calipers and pulls them both away from the wheel, because they are crossed over and on springs on mounts, the pads are pushed into the wheel rim by this action causing the bike to stop or slow down. this is all controlled by the brake lever.