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Old 10-21-06, 12:52 PM   #1
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Brake lever on top tube?

I have seen a few people do this, and i recently got my friend to do it. it actually looks kinda cool, and makes you realize how little you actually need to use your brake on a fixed gear, yet its still there if you really need it. any thoughts on this? on a bunch of steel frames, you can simply clamp something like a cross interrupter onto the to tube, or you can glue/tape a standard road or bmx lever on.
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Old 10-21-06, 12:57 PM   #2
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I can see someone reaching for that in a pinch and flying over their bars with ease.
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Old 10-21-06, 12:57 PM   #3
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we've discussed this, we dont like it
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Old 10-21-06, 12:59 PM   #4
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i recently got my friend to do it
He seduced your significant other? Really low way to take revenge, if you ask me.

Worst idea ever. It's not really there when you need it.
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Old 10-21-06, 01:03 PM   #5
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dont listen to these people.. its a fine place for a lever...and you dont flyover the bars on a fixed gear like you do wirh a freewheel.. and if youre running drops..especially track drops.. one road lever is, like, so tacky
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Old 10-21-06, 01:09 PM   #6
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you dont flyover the bars on a fixed gear like you do wirh a freewheel..
Ummm, .... you do.
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Old 10-21-06, 01:20 PM   #7
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no dude. mount it on the teh seatpost.
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Old 10-21-06, 01:23 PM   #8
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I have one mounted on the seat tube and another on the chain stays. That way if one fails I always have a backup.
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Old 10-21-06, 01:26 PM   #9
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Ummm, .... you do.
umm...actually you don't

its been explained a bajillion times.. yes, bajillion
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Old 10-21-06, 01:31 PM   #10
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haha, where? I wanna laugh.
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it looks pretty cool there on the top tube. i think it would look cooler if you surgically implanted it on your forearm. right or left, depending on your personal preferance.
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Old 10-21-06, 03:39 PM   #12
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we've discussed this, we dont like it
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Old 10-21-06, 03:42 PM   #13
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they should make handheld brake levers... you know? put it in your pocket till you need it. I guess you could just mount a bmx lever to a 4" piece of pipe. yeah, I'm gonna try it.
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Old 10-21-06, 03:50 PM   #14
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how about wireless. that would be sweet. it could be used like a bait bike.
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Old 10-21-06, 03:50 PM   #15
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And invisible cable and housing! Maybe fishing line and transparent rubber tubes? I think We're on to something here!
*excited*
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yet its still there if you really need it. any thoughts on this?
This is just ridiculous:

A) Because there are better places to put the brake lever.

and

B) Because there are better places to put the brake lever.
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They just need to make a remote controlled brake caliper. Keep the remote in your messenger bag, then when you're in a pinch, you can unclip the sternum strap, swing the bag around, rummage through the 1,000 cubic feet of junk and 10 pockets, find the remote, and hope the batteries aren't dead.
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Old 10-21-06, 03:56 PM   #18
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all the while drinking a pbr.
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Now that's how it's done.
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I knew a guy who had his brake setup on his stem like that.
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Old 10-21-06, 05:04 PM   #21
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If you're going to run brakes, why on earth would you
put there where you cannot reach them in an emergency?
What is the reasoning?
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Old 10-21-06, 05:08 PM   #22
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OP must not like his friend very much
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Old 10-21-06, 06:25 PM   #23
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i had one on my stem for a while.
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The biggest problem that I see with this is that, if you need it, you are in an emergency situation and you have to take one hand off the bars. So now you're frantically trying to stop, and you have less control of the bike. At least with a small lever near the stem on drop bars or bullhorns you still have both hands on the bar and have a chance of keeping the bike under control.
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Old 10-21-06, 06:50 PM   #25
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wait.. top tube..

thats stupid..

so stupid that i didnt even think that when i read it.. i thought you meant the top of the drop bars

also so stupid that you might be the type of person that even on a fixed gear, flips over the bars

so scratch all my earlier comments
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