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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 01-27-07, 06:31 AM   #1
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First Brakeless Ride In 6.5 hours

My first real brakeless ride will be from my house to work (14 kms) tomorrow.

I'm psyched and ready. It'll be sunday morning (no traffic) and i'm looking forward to it.

Any advice?
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Old 01-27-07, 06:46 AM   #2
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Pay attention, watch your downhill speed. Give yourself a safe stopping distance. Imagine you are driving a big Caddy with very small drum brakes. Keep your cadence steady and don't skid unless you need to. Tires are not brakes. I chose to ride without a brake because I like the extra workout. I don't ride like a maniac. I stop at stop signs, at least most of the time unless its at night with no traffic. I suggest a modest gear ratio. Riding a big gear without brakes is stupid. The road is not a track.
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Old 01-27-07, 08:20 AM   #3
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Put a brake back on.
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Old 01-27-07, 08:22 AM   #4
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Ignore the lemmings and use a brake.
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Don't give in to the whole "brakeless vs brakes" thing. Just do what you think feels good!
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Old 01-27-07, 10:05 AM   #6
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The road is not a track.
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Old 01-27-07, 10:21 AM   #7
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don't mess up?
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advice?
riding "brakeless", effectively, is not only stopping without a handbrake...
it is seeing obstacles ahead and around and finding alternate routes so that it's less likely you'll have to stop
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Old 01-27-07, 11:11 AM   #9
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When in doubt, use your emergency parachute.
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When in doubt, use your emergency parachute.
Didn't do her much good
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Old 01-27-07, 01:29 PM   #12
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Make sure you can throw a mean skid, otherwise you're making a bad decision~!
Freewheel brakeless like Ted Shred, now that's the dangerous thing of the future.
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Old 01-27-07, 01:40 PM   #13
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I chose to ride without a brake because I like the extra workout.
...if you had a brake you could go faster, seeing as how you'd be able to stop sooner.
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Old 01-27-07, 01:48 PM   #14
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Umm, if you had gears you could get a better workout for that matter. Or if you got off the bike and just ran...
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my advice is don't ask this question while there's a 4 page b!tch session about how everyone who doesn't use a brake is a moron.
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Old 01-27-07, 02:10 PM   #16
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if you're nervous enough about riding without a brake to post a ****ing thread on bikeforums you're probably not ready to ride without a brake. Quit overanalyzing ****.
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my advice is don't ask this question while there's a 4 page b!tch session about how everyone who doesn't use a brake is a moron.
You're not a moron. There are those who know what they're doing and can handle brakeless and those that take off the brake just to be a hipster.
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Ignore the lemmings and use a brake.
Just curious as to whether the bike in your avatar has a brake.
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Just curious as to whether the bike in your avatar has a brake.
it's got a coaster, seriously
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Old 01-27-07, 02:58 PM   #22
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Just curious as to whether the bike in your avatar has a brake.
Well, when I was racing Voodoo, it was mostly fixed. but there was that scene going down the stairs when it was obviously freewheeling. And it switched back and forth quite a bit while being chased by Gypsy.
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I arrived at work safe and sound.

Very enjoyable. I don't think I'll make a habit of it just yet, but nice to do early on a sunday morning in fine weather.

This wasn't a snap decision, I've just noticed I use the brake less and less.

I'm not a hipster, and have male-specific jeans only in my wardrobe.
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why does monster track require no brakes then? is it moronic?
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It's a whole different skill, that's why.
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