---the whole fascination/ zen thing with riding brakeless. I am awaiting a replacement brake for my recently completed IROSE. However, after waiting 6 months and spending way too much on parts, i couldnt help but take it for a long maiden voyage after work.
I had never done a long ride brakeless before and always thought people who rode brakeless were crazy. While I still dont think it is necessarily safe, boy is it fun. I truly felt like a little kiddie on my first BMX bike again. With 48 X 19 gearing I had no problem stopping. I think it was the best bike ride of my life. I rarely use my brake on my Pista (except for big descents), but there is just something inherently different about NOT having that backup. It FORCES you to be more aware, anticipate movements, and constantly be engaged to make adjustments.
By the way---I absolutely love this bike. It rides soooooo smooth and there is so little rode vibration as compared to my Pista. Everything purs like a kitten, smooth pedalling, great steering, and a stealthy ninja drivetrain. I spent 2 years trying to configure my Pista to be comfortable but my new steed fits like a charm after a few minor adjustments and swapping mustachio bars for drop bars. Everything just "clicked" and I truly felt "one with the bike," rather than feel like I was trying to "control" the bike. Oodly enough, the silver WTB a$s hatchet saddle that came with my Pista is actually comfortable on this ride.
Sorry for the rambling, but were it not for the fact that I needed to eat, I would have kept ridingoff into the sunet until my legs gave out. While I probably won't be riding brakeless on a daily basis when I commute in traffic, it is absolutely wonderful for a casual after work ride.