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Old 04-12-06, 03:05 PM   #1
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time for a brake

that's it, i've had it.

i didn't crash or anything, but i'm damn tired of being the weak link on group rides: "no, that's okay, you guys have fun and bomb the hill and go super fast, i'll be back here trying not to die."

it's not that i feel unsafe; i can always stop in time, it's just that to make that happen i sometimes have to be the slow guy, and that's getting old.

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Old 04-12-06, 03:15 PM   #2
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+1 I did the same thing. I always ride faster with a brake.
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Old 04-12-06, 03:16 PM   #3
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I'm feelin ya. If you want to split a set, let me know.
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Old 04-12-06, 03:35 PM   #4
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+1 I did the same thing. I always ride faster with a brake.
but you live in Sacto, you guys consider an overpass a hill!!!!
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Old 04-12-06, 03:37 PM   #5
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Same things for me too. I started with no brake, got tired of having to back off on rides with my roomate, got a brake, and couldnt be happier.
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yeah, i hear that. but they just look so... well, let's not get into that.
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Sometimes I like to go down hills on my breakless bike and take my feet out of the pedals. Ups the challenge and all that. If I don't run 3 red lights on my way to work, well. Somethings wrong.
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Old 04-12-06, 03:51 PM   #8
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Sometimes I like to go down hills on my breakless bike and take my feet out of the pedals. Ups the challenge and all that. If I don't run 3 red lights on my way to work, well. Somethings wrong.
you got a bad attitude son.
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I also like to run over baby carraiges and kick over trashcans when i ride by.

I track stand on homeless people, and instead of tires, I just inflate kitten intestine and glue it down. I go through about a litter a week because I like skidding through fields of broken glass.
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Old 04-12-06, 04:02 PM   #10
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Bad attitude, my ass. The guy is obviously more hardcore than any of us! He keeps it ****in' harddcore, son.
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but you live in Sacto, you guys consider an overpass a hill!!!!
No kidding. If there were hills here I would never taken off the brake.
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Old 04-12-06, 04:19 PM   #12
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being the slow guy is not what made me run a brake... it was when my chain broke on a downhill
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my chain separated at a stop light once. trackstanding, light turned green, hammered down... snap. next thing i knew, i was on the ground. there were a couple people standing on the corner looking at me like i was a complete idiot. which may have some truth to it, cuz i still don't have a brake.
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And this is why i have an overpriced chain with no masterlink. It is edged with diamonds and when I spin fast enough I use it to cut car doors like tin cans.

edit: im not even sure that makes sense. heh.
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Why do people make apologies for wanting a brake ?
They're like the Spice Girls...When you go ahead and
admit they're ko0L you feel liberated..........
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I also like to run over baby carraiges and kick over trashcans when i ride by.

I track stand on homeless people, and instead of tires, I just inflate kitten intestine and glue it down. I go through about a litter a week because I like skidding through fields of broken glass.
are you drinking again? but really 128 is that hardcore...****in hilarious
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I wish. Just sippin on some herbal tea at work. So hardcore.

(And by herbal tea I mean little baggies of weeds that grow along side the overpass soaked in the hot tears of all the people I made cry today.)

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Old 04-12-06, 04:47 PM   #18
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Why do people make apologies for wanting a brake ?
They're like the Spice Girls...When you go ahead and
admit they're ko0L you feel liberated..........
****in' a man, i am WITH the spice girls.
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that's it, i've had it.

i didn't crash or anything, but i'm damn tired of being the weak link on group rides: "no, that's okay, you guys have fun and bomb the hill and go super fast, i'll be back here trying not to die."

it's not that i feel unsafe; i can always stop in time, it's just that to make that happen i sometimes have to be the slow guy, and that's getting old.

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You sir... I applaud.
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I also like to run over baby carraiges and kick over trashcans when i ride by.

I track stand on homeless people, and instead of tires, I just inflate kitten intestine and glue it down. I go through about a litter a week because I like skidding through fields of broken glass.

I like this guy.
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Old 04-12-06, 05:31 PM   #21
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my chain separated at a stop light once. trackstanding, light turned green, hammered down... snap. next thing i knew, i was on the ground. there were a couple people standing on the corner looking at me like i was a complete idiot. which may have some truth to it, cuz i still don't have a brake.
You know that a brake would have in no way stopped you from falling, right?
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i run a brake because i am lazy. i still am highly aware of traffic because i still dont like to stop.
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Brake or no brake, at least you are out riding.

I started out with no brakes. 50 x 16 gearing. Hills were ok soon as you got going, you always had the momentum.

Going down was fine too, I just had to slow my pedals. I found riding without a brake like playing a chess game, I had to anticipate the moves of other people on the road. Thats fine when you have lots of time and a clear head.

Then my running such a high gear all the time buggered up my leg I think, cause running a freewheel and brakes the problem stopped.

Its great to run no brakes, maybe a few days a week. We all live in cities and there are other factors involved.
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Old 04-12-06, 05:39 PM   #24
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128, all your posts are making me laugh out loud.

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I also like to run over baby carraiges and kick over trashcans when i ride by.

I track stand on homeless people, and instead of tires, I just inflate kitten intestine and glue it down. I go through about a litter a week because I like skidding through fields of broken glass.
genius.
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Old 04-12-06, 05:41 PM   #25
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You know that a brake would have in no way stopped you from falling, right?
I think he's implying that if it broke right then, it was ready to break any time soon. Which, if while riding in traffic, may have played out with pain instead of simple embarrassment.

edit: why do my posts always make me sound like an *******?
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