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    Who uses brakes?

    Do any of you guys use brakes on your fixies?

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    I have a front brake, but I don't use it unless I have to.

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    I have no brakes atm
    ... and a freewheel
    mi yu mi yu

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    last one did, new one doesnt.

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    me

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    not anymore.

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    "Breakin's a memory"
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    i keep thinking its a cocaine lazy susan. just make a big spiral towards the center and see who OD's first.

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    Front and rear. Big downhills on my rides. Enjoying the knee-pain-free life.

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    i don't. sometimes i think i should. not for safety, but to make things easier (i.e., less effort when i'm tired, easier on knees). but i figure you don't get stronger by making things easier.

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    I run a front brake currently, but it only takes about a minute to swap out bars if I'm going on a ride where I don't need it.

    Whatever floats your boat

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    yes, in my road bike

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    front brake.
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    Two wheels good. Four wheels bad.

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    I run the freewheel a fair amount so my bike has front and rear. The rear however does not get used very much as I have a nice little dent on my rim that makes braking a hassle in the rear.

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    front brake on the conversion, no brakes on the track bike

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    yes...been hit once, don't need to again (I like being able to stop on a dime if I have to). Having a brake also allows me to ride a little more agressively through town, knowing I can stop if I have to.

    IMHO no brakes is for the velodrome...or long bike paths where there's no traffic...but there are others who feel differently.

    I also dig the brake for when I am riding my track bike on rides, not just around town. After a few hours, I am usually thankful that I don't have to use my legs/knees to slow down while decending. It makes for much more enjoyable rides.

    It's your life, your body - do what ever the heck you want with it. I for one, want to still be riding when I am 70 (or older)!

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    i have a front brake which i use alot because i have knee pains sometimes if i don't.
    that and i feel its safer and less dangerous then to not have one, but what the hell do i know?

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    *raises hand*

    Yes. Front brake on my fixie conversion. I like it that way.
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    I explained that he could never pay me enough cash for the amount of work I had put into that bike and the only way to compensate me for it was to ride the hell out of it.
    IRO Angus Casati Gold Line

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    front brake!

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    normally, front brake. except on rides out of the city.

    and the velodrome, of course.

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    I have a front brake.
    I can ride for a week and not use it, and then I'll need it four times in fifteen minutes.

    I see my dependency on my front brake as a skill and awareness issue.
    I would like to think that someday I will safely ride with no brake; but, then again, maybe not.

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    I see no good reason not to have brakes. I got 2, and I like 'em.
    Bring the pain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by recursive
    I see no good reason not to have brakes. I got 2, and I like 'em.
    nothing to attach them too

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    Quote Originally Posted by recursive
    I see no good reason not to have brakes.
    actually, i thought about this recently, and here are a few good reasons:

    1. i ride at the track and get sick of switching out the brakes/handlebars.
    2. my fork isn't drilled.
    3. i hate the look of brakes on my track bike.
    4. i ride in low traffic areas and don't really need one.

    of course, all these reasons are only good if the rider is good at stopping without a brake. like i said above, i prefer to ride with a brake.

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    Will be running a front brake shortly on my conversion, just to be safe. Been getting along fine without one for the short time I've been riding, but then again, I'm riding on some crap ass suzue jrs and sure as hell would feel safer with a front brake. Better to have and not need than to need and not have, right?

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    front brake

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