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    Why only front brake ??

    I am new to SS and I saw so many bikes with only front brakes, and I was just wondering why? Is it a matter of style or preference.
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fixed_gear

    They have a fixed gear. When they stop peddling, the back wheel stops moving.

    Edit: I considered posting a witty sarcastic remark, but I couldn't think of a good one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3Lph
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fixed_gear

    They have a fixed gear. When they stop peddling, the back wheel stops moving.

    Edit: I considered posting a witty sarcastic remark, but I couldn't think of a good one.
    I would not have been surprised with a sarcastic remark I actually expect a few. So front brake only bikes are fixed type. Thanks.
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    i cried at such a happy thread

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    Style is no brake, front brake only is preference of people not motivated by social pressure to be 'cool' or those who would most likely kill people because they have to ride densely populated areas where people walk (squirrel dance) a lot, such as me riding to class through campus. Also track specific bikes generally have no place for a brake anywhere. If the bike is ss and they aren't running 2 brakes, the person is either stupid or crazy, or both.

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    rear brakes are about useless anyway

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    I've gone brakeless with the Guerciotti. Must've lost my right mind at some point. It's all the same, really...just bike control. I'm having the time of my life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Serendipper
    I've gone brakeless with the Guerciotti. Must've lost my right mind at some point. It's all the same, really...just bike control. I'm having the time of my life.
    its not like you have the option to put a brake on that bike.

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    you have the option not to ride it on the street

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serendipper
    I'm having the time of my life.
    same here

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    Quote Originally Posted by remorashadow
    Style is no brake, front brake only is preference of people not motivated by social pressure to be 'cool' or those who would most likely kill people because they have to ride densely populated areas where people walk

    I am pretty sure that most people that ride brakeless will never kill anybody. What is wrong with being cool? its pretty cool.

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    SS with only a front brake is not such a great idea but yeah, fixed is fine with only a front because you can stop with your hands and your feet. It is neat but less zen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jet sanchEz
    It is neat but less zen.
    I know a guy who rides brakeless blind-folded. Maximum zen?
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    The rear brake on a road bike is practically useless anyway unless you like locking up the rear wheel
    I rode a regular 5 speed road bike commuter for years with only a front brake and it was no problem
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    a good reason to form a demolition derby, for fixed gear bikes and the fools who love them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fixxxie
    The rear brake on a road bike is practically useless anyway unless you like locking up the rear wheel
    x2.
    Recently i mounted a rear brake, via brake plates, on my track frame. I was thinking i would comply with the new brake law here so i got a cheap rear brake and brake plates. I rode it about 2 minutes with this rear brake and realized what a 100% waste that was and took the **** off. Useless it was.
    I am not currently complying with the law but i think they havent started fining people yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aeroplane
    I know a guy who rides brakeless blind-folded. Maximum zen?
    you mean that deaf guy?
    the hipster myth.

    i practice vagabondery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deathhare
    rear brakes are about useless anyway
    Totally disagree, at least for us less endowed with superior brake handling skills. I use the rear brake to steer my (SS) bike in difficult situations, I much prefer to broadside an obstacle than to hit it straight on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plodderslusk
    Totally disagree, at least for us less endowed with superior brake handling skills. I use the rear brake to steer my (SS) bike in difficult situations, I much prefer to broadside an obstacle than to hit it straight on.
    I agree with you. I guess i should have said, for pure stopping power the rear brake is useless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by queerpunk
    you mean that deaf guy?

    The one with one leg?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hocam
    The one with one leg?
    and no soul.
    the hipster myth.

    i practice vagabondery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by octico
    I am new to SS and I saw so many bikes with only front brakes, and I was just wondering why? Is it a matter of style or preference.
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    1- college campus has lots of blind turns and golf carts that don't stop for bikes

    2- i can't skid and suck at riding so i need a brake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fixxxie
    The rear brake on a road bike is practically useless
    but not completely.
    1. In poor conditions you can lock up the front wheel long before completely unweighting the rear wheel therefore the rear brake helps.
    2. While mechanical failures are less common then with brakeless riding they still do happen and back up is always good.
    3. even a short descent with one brake can heat up a rim damn fast.

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    It makes a lot of sense to use the front brake only.

    The front brake has many times the stopping power of the rear brake. By training yourself to use only the front, in case of an emergency, your training kicks in and you use the only brake that can really help you, the front.

    Go into a corner too hot and almost any use of the rear will lock it up, and down you go. Try using the rear only to stop fast to avoid something and you will likely hit it, or start skidding the back end and lose it.

    About the only time to use the rear only is in really slippery stuff, because if you use the front in slippery conditions, it locks up very easily and will throw you down.

    That being said, I use the rear but I have it set so loose, that its almost impossible for me to lock it up even holding the lever against the bar, so in case of a panic stop, I'm less likely to skid the rear.
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