Framebuilders - extra rear brake for aero bars
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I compete in age group (70 years) TT racing. Until a couple of weeks ago my bike was standard street (CADD 8). Now I have added aero bars which I love. No doubt in my mind that I have picked up some real speed. I find them very comfortable. The problem is that I am also riding the same bike on the roads and the lack of handy, easy to grab brake is cause for real worry. Sooner or later I am going to have to stop fast. I looked into adding a brake lever connected via splitter to stock brake cable but this arrangement, it seems, does not work well. "Good to slow the bike but not an effective stopper." Now I am thinking about adding a second rear brake cabled directly from the aero bar lever. I would appreciate any advice on how to pull this off. Thanks. Jerry
04-25-11, 06:33 PM
If you are riding in conditions that might require a sudden stop, you shouldnt be riding on the aero bars. Hitting your brakes hard while in an aero tuck would be wildly uncontrolable and just sounds like an invitiation for a bad crash or a flip over the bars. Save your aero bar riding for long, flat, desolate sections of road with nothing around to run into.
04-25-11, 08:34 PM
that jtec device looks pretty slick, although I don't see how it works right off the bat. I would prefer to have a front brake. Some bikes could take a second brake on the chainstay bridge, don't know if the CAAD has one though, probably not.
04-25-11, 09:56 PM
Try www.problemsolversbike.com (http://www.problemsolversbike.com) they sell a cable splitter for one brake and two levers or one lever and two brakes.
Thanks for the Problem Solver reference. I had not heard of them. But their splitter looks like it might work very well. The J-Tec according to their own literature has only about 1/2 the stopping power o regular brakes so it would not help me.
04-26-11, 06:53 PM
The J-tec splitter does not reduce the stopping power. J-tec has rightly designed the forward lever to provide reduced stopping power because applying high braking force while in an aero tuck with poor handeling control is inherently dangerous.
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