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Old 08-07-05, 12:09 PM   #1
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Slowly converting

Well I am slowly but surely convertin a Specialized Sirrus into a fixie, (yes even with the vert drops) and I was wondering, fixies have no break right? As in pedaling backwards has no slowly effect, meaning I'll need to buy at least one break (front)?

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There is heated debate on this subject. Some fixies have caliper brakes, some have none. Many have only a front brake. Whatever your decision in the matter is, it will be criticised by someone.

If you are just converting, your best bet, in my opinion, is to put at least a front brake on it. Ride it around for a month or two. If you decide you don't need the front brake, remove it.
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There is heated debate on this subject. Some fixies have caliper brakes, some have none. Many have only a front brake. Whatever your decision in the matter is, it will be criticised by someone.

If you are just converting, your best bet, in my opinion, is to put at least a front brake on it. Ride it around for a month or two. If you decide you don't need the front brake, remove it.

Then thats what I'll do, I like to be able to stop....it helsp some times
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I've recently converted as well and a front brake is pretty much a necessity unless you're good at skidding(I'm horrible). Back brake is not really needed but i suppose you could put one on. Really there's no reason to go brakeless other than the fact that it looks bad@$$ and skidding is cool.
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put a front brake (that is how you spell it) on at first so that you can safely learn how to handle your fixie. brakeless riding has a completely different style to it (imo) than riding with a brake. its all a matter of what kind of experience you want to get out of fixie riding.
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Ok how and why are you doing a Spec. sirrus....Allez is an S.S.
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