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Old 06-07-07, 05:02 PM   #1
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how often do you use your rear brakes?

I just noticed that 80% of my braking and modulation are with my front brake and I only use my rear brake if my left hand is busy off the bar, or for quick stops then both brakes are clamped.

How often do you use your rear brakes if at all?
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Old 06-07-07, 05:09 PM   #2
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I just noticed that 80% of my braking and modulation are with my front brake and I only use my rear brake if my left hand is busy off the bar, or for quick stops then both brakes are clamped.

How often do you use your rear brakes if at all?
This would make sense as most of your braking power is in the front anyway. I use the rear to scrub speed, but the front is for stopping.
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Old 06-07-07, 05:36 PM   #3
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Same here. Front approx. 80% of my braking effort, if not a bit more. Rear braking just for balance.
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Old 06-07-07, 06:02 PM   #4
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I use both brakes 95% of the time. Of course, the front gets most of the pull.. I use the rear just enough to keep it from locking up. Practice extreme frantic braking, it might save you some time!!!
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front mostly in modulation to slow me down / stop me. rear if its necessary to corner fast or to fistail...at that point im thinking of just getting a coaster brake with a front brake

getting used to modulating the front brake was a lil tricky at first but after about a day of doing it I quickly unlearned back breaking to switch for front breaking.
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I use the rear brake which is the left hand lever to slow down while approaching barriers or to skid the rear tire out around tight corners. It also helps a bit to slow down but as others said it's mostly the front brake that slows you down.
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