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Old 06-29-07, 10:15 PM   #1
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Fixed w/ Front Brake - Brake lever on Left or Right & Why?

On most traditional dual brake bikes isn't the Front Brake usually located on the Right hand?

But all the Fixies i see running a front brake and only a front brake seem to have the brake lever on the Left?


If you run a brake what hand do you have it on?
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Old 06-29-07, 10:19 PM   #2
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i put it on the left because the standard two brake setup has the front brake on the left

others disagree with this standard

namely the venerable sheldon brown
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Old 06-29-07, 10:24 PM   #3
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Traditionally, Right = Rear.
mines on the left.
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Old 06-29-07, 10:31 PM   #4
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oh,
I'm sure I've usually had the front on the Right.
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Old 06-29-07, 10:33 PM   #5
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where to you live lukec
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Old 06-29-07, 10:33 PM   #6
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Ive been curious about this as well, Ive also seen it called EURO when the lever is on the right. Ive never really had a reason, but Ive always had my levers on the right regardless of front or rear brake.
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Old 06-29-07, 10:56 PM   #7
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I put it on the right, so I can give hand signals to cars and still brake.
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Old 06-29-07, 11:00 PM   #8
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Left. For the deep memory that if I really yank it I may do an endo.
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I run my front the right, not really for any great reason, but if I am likely to be riding with one hand it is most likely to be my right.
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Left for consistancy with the road bike.
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Left. For the deep memory that if I really yank it I may do an endo.
Ive heard that you should put it on the side opposite of your dominate hand so that you dont endo, but it kinda seems unnecessary. If you are aware that might happen it seems like you would just remember not to do that, kinda like remembering not to coast
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If you only have one brake, how hard can it be to remember it's the front?

I think the danger is bringing a bad habit over to your geared bike, if you have one. It never bothered me, either on my MTB or roadie.
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To make it complicated on my daily bike I run one brake, which is the front, with a right hand lever. On my mountain bike, which has two brakes, I run in the traditional setup. It is mainly due to the routing of the hydrualic lines and me not wanting to mess with it. On both of the bikes I am building the right will go to the front brake. It is just my preference, I have better hand strength and feel in my right hand, so it's how I go.
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Old 06-30-07, 12:46 AM   #14
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right. it's the first lever i reach for, on a geared bike or fixed.



but i'm brakeless right now. so, i lose at life?
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right: it's my strongest hand and my hand most likely to be on my bars.
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On most traditional dual brake bikes isn't the Front Brake usually located on the Right hand?
That's true in Britain, Japan, and other places where people drive on the left.

In most countries where folks drive on the right, the front brake is controlled by the left hand on bicycles.

(Motorcycles use right/front everywhere.)

It's my belief that these national tendencies are all backwards, based on the erroneous premise that the rear brake is the primary brake, and a desire to permit simultaneous hand signalling and rear braking.

I did all of my own bikes the opposite way, i.e. front/right (I live in the U.S.)

See: http://sheldonbrown.com/brakturn for more on this.

I do strongly advise consistency in this, if you have more than one bike.

I once nearly crashed on a used bike I had just purchased...I came up to an intersection and almost wasn't able to stop in time because I grabbed the rear brake by mistake, since that bike was wired opposite of what I've become used to.

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Left... though my polo bike is currently brakeless, when I put a brake I need to be able to hold my mallet with my right hand and pull the brake with my left.
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Old 06-30-07, 11:11 AM   #18
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Exactly as Sheldon said. (intelligent minds think alike, eh?)

If you're a moto rider, you'll be used to the right-hand front brake lever.
When I bought my townie in Japan, it was 'backwards', which was perfectly normal according to my Kiwi, Ozzie & Pommie buddies. Just depends on your home country.

Since I hadn't ridden moto in some years, I switched it when I got back to my mansion (R=rear, L=front) to match my other wheelers.

Do what's comfy..................and safest.
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Front on right, just one more thing to mess with punks if they grab my bike (not a town with a lot of ss/fixed, but a ton of stupid theiving arses).

Plus I can signal while stopping on hills.
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The proper and widely understood hand signals people are supposed to use in americano land are done with the left hand/arm.
So you should throw it on the right.
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I did have it on the left, but finally starting to ride in the city I'm switching to the right because 1)hand signals and 2)I answer the phone with my left
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Old 06-30-07, 07:09 PM   #22
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I agree with Sheldon.
My first road bike was set-up for me by an old Italian bike mechanic who once raced in his native Itay. He configuired my Nishiki Pro with the R as my front brake. Every bike I have ever own has been set up like this. All 3 of my current bikes are consistent.
It was explained to me that in a group of riders, if you are shifting (remember the old style downtube levers?) and you needed to brake suddenly you would grab a handful of rear brake and thus not do an endo.
I had a minor crash on my college roomates bike when I was out in the Palo Alto area on his bike which is set-up in the standard American way. On one of the long switchbacked descents I grab what would have been front brakes on any of my bikes; as I slid my rearend behind the saddle (to transfer weight) only to discover I had locked up the REAR wheel and oversteered to the outside of the turn.
The front is your primary brake so it makes sense to use your dominant hand.

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On the right, because I signal with my left arm and I would like control of the front brakes with my right hand (since there's only 1 true brake on the fixie). I live in the U.S.

All my other bikes have the traditional set-up because when I'm signalling, I'm not going that fast that I can't control my bike with the right rear brake, but on a fixie, I only have that one brake lever.
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Left. For the deep memory that if I really yank it I may do an endo.
good damn idea
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to my knowledge running your brakes like that it is not too uncommon for the front to be on the right, its called moto style because thats how motorcycles have it, tons of downhillers and cross country racers run it this way, alot of them are not from japan or britian, its just a prefrence.
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