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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 10-22-06, 02:30 AM   #1
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riding brakeless saved my head

it kept me from charging down an unfamiliar hill and ending up in the hospital like my friend.

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Old 10-22-06, 06:35 AM   #2
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Riding with a brake saved my balls. A car shot out of an intersection and I skidded and hit the brake and didn't run into the guy's door.
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Old 10-22-06, 06:45 AM   #3
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Chicks find my brake übersexy even though I haven't used it yet.
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Old 10-22-06, 09:09 AM   #4
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I tend to think that an inexperienced user of brakes might be safer if they can skid than if they had a front brake, because of the risk of flipping in a panic.. which could cause more trouble than just running into something. Really depends on the situation and the rider.

The one thing riding brakeless hasn't saved is my tires.
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Old 10-22-06, 09:13 AM   #5
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That's why I run a ****ty front brake that will likely explode before locking up the front wheel.
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Old 10-22-06, 10:28 AM   #6
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I don't even ride. Your turn.
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Old 10-22-06, 10:35 AM   #7
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My front brake has ABS.....it can't lock up or flip the bike over.
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Old 10-22-06, 10:35 AM   #8
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I don't even ride. Your turn.
i dont even get out of bed.

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Old 10-22-06, 10:46 AM   #9
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For me it was the same as veggiemafia, a car shot out into a 4 way intersection. If I did'nt have a brake I would have t-boned a 4Runner.

I hardly ever use it, but I like having it for those oh ****e moments.
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Old 10-22-06, 11:18 AM   #10
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i dont even get out of bed.

your turn
i'm imagining this all.

whose turn?
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Old 10-22-06, 11:46 AM   #11
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If you know what to do, you'll run out of finger strength before you lock the front or go over the handlebars.

Just start out braking as normal and then move your body as far back as possible as you get to full strength.
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Old 10-22-06, 04:33 PM   #12
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Chicks find my brake übersexy even though I haven't used it yet.
yeah, and theyll find you even uberer sexier if you take that hunk of aluminum and steel that you never use and throw it into a bonfire. lol.
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Old 10-22-06, 04:38 PM   #13
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and yeah, brakeless may chew up tires, but its only 10 bucks like, what...every two months? i mean come on. unless youre riding brakeless singlespeed and have to use your foot to stop, you shouldnt be going through tires (and shoes) like every couple weeks. a cheap vittoria zaffiro or something should hold up well enough untill it's thread starts to show. and they work better if they arent the "super grip" kind. just get some slicks or something. either that or you can just win races and get them for free like i do.
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riding WITHOUT a brake def makes me ride less wrecklessly
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Old 10-22-06, 04:49 PM   #15
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either that or you can just win races and get them for free like i do.
damn, that's nice. what kind of tires you getting for free over there?
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sounds like "not riding like an idiot" saved your head, brakeless or not
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Old 10-22-06, 05:50 PM   #17
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sounds like "not riding like an idiot" saved your head, brakeless or not
seriously. your homie should learn to use a brake properly
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Old 10-22-06, 05:55 PM   #18
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congratulations, you know your limits. however, they would be higher if you had a front brake.
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Old 10-22-06, 06:49 PM   #19
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I ride SO MUCH FASTER with a brake. It's awesome.
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Old 10-22-06, 07:20 PM   #20
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Sometimes I drive blindfolded. Sure keeps me under the speed limit! Talk about savings from not getting speeding tickets!
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Old 10-22-06, 07:48 PM   #21
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I ride with my cock out and my hands tied behind my back.
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Its getting cold out. Watch out.
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I ride with my cock out and my hands tied behind my back.
I do the same, with a midget hanging off me, punching me in the stomach.
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I ride without a brake because it makes my bike lighter, and has less drag... somehow. and by my calculations, I save 0.0094553% of my energy.
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