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    Went Brakeless for the first time!

    Well, I took off my front brake off the Kilo TT bike friday and took it out for a 4 mile run. Whew, not even one close call, but I was being very cautious. It does seem to make you really look out farther, way farther than you would with a brake. It also made me more proud to be riding a track bike, my drops look much cooler without a brake lever and the fender/tire look is much cleaner. I'm going to try it out a few more times to see if I want to fully make the jump. I am not able to skid or skip yet, and probally should learn that first before I go brakeless. I also am running a 48x16, which is too high for me in hilly Southside. Gonna change it to a 40x15. Will have a 16t freewheel for the extra steep hills. The hills are also what I am not sure about without brakes.

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    Chad-
    hurry and refine your skills for monster track in new york. First weekend of March.

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    i am hereby guranteeing a top three finish at MT7

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    Quote Originally Posted by NimbusRidesFixd
    Gonna change it to a 40x15. Will have a 16t freewheel for the extra steep hills. The hills are also what I am not sure about without brakes.
    If you are going brakeless, you probably shouldn't be using a freewheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Msngr
    i am hereby guranteeing a top three finish at MT7
    For you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gorn
    If you are going brakeless, you probably shouldn't be using a freewheel.
    Don't listen to him, you can still easily stop by reaching down and shoving your hand between the tire and seat tube. Just wear really thick gloves.

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    also, learn to skip, for the love of god.

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    I pushed 48x16 up the Bates St. hill from Southside to S. Oakland alllllll summer for some dumb reason. I suggest you drop your ratio if not for any reason other than more skid spots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knifefight
    For you?
    no. for somebody.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Msngr
    no. for somebody.
    I second that: Someone, will finish top three. I'll up the ante and predict a winner.

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    Someone won't finish.

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    Kilo TT ? Who is the manufacturer? Pics?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NimbusRidesFixd
    Whew, not even one close call, but I was being very cautious.
    Wait til after Christmas....
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    i'm guaranteeing a bottom three finish at monstertrack. for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Msngr
    no. for somebody.
    in fact, a top three finish may be there for THREE somebodies.

    i will not be one.

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    i had that exact same gear, 48X16 for about a month. it's not the best gear to learn how to skid/skip. and i don't think anyone should ride high gears with out brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lunigma
    i had that exact same gear, 48X16 for about a month. it's not the best gear to learn how to skid/skip. and i don't think anyone should ride high gears with out brakes.
    i am currently rocking 48/16 and had no problem skipping and skidding. i think nimbus should perhaps keep the break on UNTIL he learns to skip and skid though. but wait...he's still on the freewheel? is it a track or freewheel cog nimbus?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lunigma
    i had that exact same gear, 48X16 for about a month. it's not the best gear to learn how to skid/skip. and i don't think anyone should ride high gears with out brakes.
    never thought 48x16 was a high gear. I ride 49x16 in the city and I do just fine brakeless in the city. 49x14 maybe but 48x16 is not a tall gear for brakeless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NimbusRidesFixd
    Well, I took off my front brake off the Kilo TT bike friday and took it out for a 4 mile run. Whew, not even one close call, but I was being very cautious.
    Chad
    4 miles, and not ONE close call?

    Or do you mean you were out running your bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lunigma
    i had that exact same gear, 48X16 for about a month. it's not the best gear to learn how to skid/skip. and i don't think anyone should ride high gears with out brakes.
    48x16=3 skid patches
    48x17=17 skid patches

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    Try an 18 tooth cog before you change your chainring to 40. I run 48x18 here in Vermont so you shouldn't have any trouble with it there.
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    48x16 = 1 skid patch. not three. every rotation of the cranks rotates the wheel three times, but it is always in the same one spot making one skid patch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serendipper
    Kilo TT ? Who is the manufacturer? Pics?
    Mercier, supposedly. i dont have any pictures of mine i dont think, but as far as under-450 bikes go, i'm in love with it

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    Quote Originally Posted by shants
    48x16 = 1 skid patch. not three. every rotation of the cranks rotates the wheel three times, but it is always in the same one spot making one skid patch.
    Isn't that assuming you always skip/skid with the same foot forward?

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    i just went braless for the first time

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