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Old 05-22-06, 10:29 AM   #1
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Reason #374,962 you shouldn't ride brakeless

http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/2006...nChambliss.htm

"this once-beautiful bike had an early 70's raleigh frame. last night i got in a wreck coming down a hill, this girl ran a red light. i hate cars."



Would he have been able to stop with a brake? Who knows, but it's feasible to suggest he may have been able to avoid collision, or at the very least slow the impact.
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Old 05-22-06, 10:31 AM   #2
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how about "one more reason for drivers not to run red lights?"
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Old 05-22-06, 10:32 AM   #3
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if she ran a red light? i dont see how this makes any sense

and a smashed raleigh is hardly anything to cry about
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Old 05-22-06, 10:33 AM   #4
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Reason #374,962 you shouldn't go bombing down a hill into an intersection so fast that you can't avoid the idiot that does something stupid in front of you whether you have brakes or not.
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don't bomb a hill if you can't stop, brake or brakeless.

Edit: FD beat me too it.
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^^^ yep. either dont go so damn fast down a hill, pay attention to intersections and dont assume everyone will stop, or only ride in a controllable manner which would allow you to slow and go around said idiots if need be. Brakes wont ensure idiots wont get into accident.
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Old 05-22-06, 10:51 AM   #7
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This thread surely isn't going how the OP intended.
And +1 on everything so far.
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Reason #374,962 you shouldn't go bombing down a hill into an intersection so fast that you can't avoid the idiot that does something stupid in front of you whether you have brakes or not.
+ all *sorts* of 1.
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using OP's logic. We shouldnt drive over 10 mph. Because going any faster increases the time it takes to slow down when someone does somthing stupid that you have no control over.
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http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/2006...nChambliss.htm

"this once-beautiful bike had an early 70's raleigh frame. last night i got in a wreck coming down a hill, this girl ran a red light. i hate cars."



Would he have been able to stop with a brake? Who knows, but it's feasible to suggest he may have been able to avoid collision, or at the very least slow the impact.
what do u know u freewheel driving punk
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Old 05-22-06, 11:12 AM   #11
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I used to store my bike on the roof of our barn.
It got hit by lightning whenever there was a storm.
A friend suggested I install brakes on the bike to keep it from getting damaged when the lightnig hit it.
I thought that was a silly idea until I read this thread.

Enjoy

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Old 05-22-06, 11:15 AM   #12
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I used to store my bike on the roof of our barn.
It got hit by lightning whenever there was a storm.
A friend suggested I install brakes on the bike to keep it from getting damaged when the lightnig hit it.
I thought that was a silly idea until I red this thread.

Enjoy
hahahahahahahhahha!

ok, recorded in the "reason you shouldn't ride brakeless book" as reason #374,963

edit: also recorded in the "reason you shouldn't store your bike on the roof of your barn brakeless book" as reason #1
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That bike looks ****ed up. Glad to see you are still typing and sound like you are alright. Did you file a report and all that buisness or did she just take off? Really though ride more safely, looks like you walked away lightly. Green lights don't mean anything in terms of your safty. Feel better, good luck with aquiring a new ride.
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That bike looks ****ed up. Glad to see you are still typing and sound like you are alright. Did you file a report and all that buisness or did she just take off? Really though ride more safely, looks like you walked away lightly. Green lights don't mean anything in terms of your safty. Feel better, good luck with aquiring a new ride.

*pssst* thats not the OP's rig
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Old 05-22-06, 11:26 AM   #15
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*pssst* thats not the OP's rig
effff, misread the "he" for an I.......well in that case, what a ****in stupid hi**t** cant lea..........
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Old 05-22-06, 11:32 AM   #16
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last year two of my friends got smacked by two different cars almost simultaneously. the first was the get away car, blasting a stop sign and the second was the cop chasing him...

stop signs, red lights, traffic laws don't mean ****. keep your head up out there and be of the mind set that everyone is out to kill you...
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Old 05-22-06, 11:35 AM   #17
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the problem with riding brakeless is that you can't carry your open beer or freshly baked pie or other items needing flat transpotation. usually, one hand on the pie and one hand on the brake works great. skidding with pie in hand is not such a great idea.
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Old 05-22-06, 11:39 AM   #18
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my only peeve with brakless is when the dispatcher is breathing down my neck, i'm trying to navigate a downhill in traffic, and somehow communicate on my radio one hand on the bars with out crashing. usually i jsut pull over so he can tell me to go in the direction i'm already headed in...godammned dispatcher!! i should tell him i ride brakeless-fixed, maybe he'll leave me alone.
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"eason #374,962 you shouldn't ride brakeless "

"..this girl ran a red light."

Yeah, everybody knows that when you install brakes you get a +5 idiot driver protection (but -3 Charisma).

Seriously, if this person was bombing a hill, brakes on a wheel wrapped in a 23c tire wouldn't have done much good. It would have just made a long skid patch or caused a flip.

The thread title should read: "Be carefull of idiot drivers that run red lights when bombing hills" or "Another reason not to bomb hills"
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Old 05-22-06, 11:43 AM   #20
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I wouldn't like riding brakeless because I'm partial to riding as fast as possible and braking where necessary as opposed to having to skid/skip/resist at the crest of every steep hill with an intersection near the bottom.
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please, there's nothing more that can be said about this topic.

just ride safe.
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i always found one of the nicest tings about riding fixed is being able to control your speed wit ZERO hands on the bars, if that be the case


btw, ive seen plenty of pictures of wheel-braked bikes that have been in crashes...
so what does that mean ?




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my only peeve with brakless is when the dispatcher is breathing down my neck, i'm trying to navigate a downhill in traffic, and somehow communicate on my radio one hand on the bars with out crashing. usually i jsut pull over so he can tell me to go in the direction i'm already headed in...godammned dispatcher!! i should tell him i ride brakeless-fixed, maybe he'll leave me alone.
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please, there's nothing more that can be said about this topic.

just ride safe.
+1 ... just try not to get killed. the number one rule in life. (if you like your life that is)
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and something more, in the early 90s a friend of mine once followed me through a light, we were riding fast, I had green/yellow, he had red, he got hit. He recovered after a short hospital stay and didn't ride again that I know of.
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Old 05-22-06, 11:55 AM   #25
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i always found one of the nicest tings about riding fixed is being able to control your speed wit ZERO hands on the bars, if that be the case
man, you got some strong-ass legs if you can slow down to a snail's pace, going downhill and no handed. i guess it's the potential for maybe having to stop suddenly with only one hand on my bars while talking on the radio that urks me. but most of all its just my cranky and paranoid, stressed-out dispatch that stresses me, i ride 48x16 by the way...
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