This might be buried within a related post somewhere, but I thought I'd start a new thread to ask this specifically. When I first started out riding, my rear brake had a squeal, which if I had to compare it, sounded like nails to a chalkboard, only amplified. The brake, when applied, operated perfectly, it was just accompanied by a spine tingling squeal.. Anyway whatever was causing the squeal is irrelevant to what I want to ask here, so before i knew it, I wasn't using the rear brake all, and applied it when necessary such as when i wanted full braking power coupled with the front brakes. Subsequently, this has I believe, turned into a bad habit, and I've noticed I still rarely use the rear brake, even though I've changed bikes twice already, with the squeal clearly no longer an issue. Everyone I talk to uses the rear in turns for one reason or another, however I never use them during any turns as I have never felt the need to use it during turns, I am none the wiser about the advantages (or disadvantages) this actually has in my riding style. I've tried it a few times, and it felt awkward, the bike wanted to come back up, and instinctively I just let go (of the brake) and give it more throttle and lean harder. So the question is this.. and please, treat me like a newbie to riding entirely here, why use the rear brake during turns? What advantages does this provide, and what is the correct way of using them during turns? What is not the right way of using the rear in turns? A serious question. It might save my life one day! My turns consist entirely of counter steering, lean and throttle control (after shaving off appropriate speed before entering the turn).