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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 12-12-07, 01:55 PM   #1
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No brakes, chain malfunction - what do you do?

To make matters worse you are accelerating downhill. Your thoughts?
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Old 12-12-07, 01:56 PM   #2
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aim for a soft grassy area...if none are around...aim for a large group of pedestrians to break you fall
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Old 12-12-07, 01:57 PM   #3
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shred it or crash. Either way, come to the realization that you're an idiot for riding without brakes.
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Use my foot on the tire as a brake, if that didn't work, lowside it onto someone's front lawn
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Old 12-12-07, 02:06 PM   #5
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Old 12-12-07, 02:09 PM   #6
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well if you dont have to stop its not that big an issue is it
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lol thanks to you I just laughed extremely loud on a bus
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Old 12-12-07, 02:13 PM   #8
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jam my carbon soled shoe into my back wheel and let it take the punishment.
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Old 12-12-07, 02:16 PM   #9
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There was a recent thread about "dropping the deuce" that comes to mind...
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Old 12-12-07, 02:23 PM   #10
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I was in that situation recently bombing the bike path that cuts through the UC Santa Cruz campus. Here is a youtube video of it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kYKu89DrQM\

(Damn... you can't embed youtube vids on this board?)

It's a pretty wild ride down that hill without brakes. My issue was too long of a spindle making my chain line untrue. I guess the chain must have hooked onto one of the teeth as it was ripped clear off my bike to my impending doom.

Something like this:

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Old 12-12-07, 02:24 PM   #11
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This happened to me once before. Luckily I had an umbrella with me. As I was flying down this hill with no brakes / chain I balanced myself up on my top tube, took a flying leap, opened my umbrella and glided safely to the ground unscathed.

Learned that s**t from Mary Poppins.
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Old 12-12-07, 02:25 PM   #12
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lol thanks to you I just laughed extremely loud on a bus
you have wireless on a bus?
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Old 12-12-07, 02:25 PM   #13
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Jump off and hope you can run fast. Then look at all the scrapes and dings on your fancy brakeless bike.

Happened to me going down this:



Was testing out a new conversion and taking it really slow (my brakes were 15 miles away and were getting put on about 24 hours later).
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Old 12-12-07, 02:39 PM   #14
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foot jam. not hard.
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that hill was fun as ****. reason enough to ride a freewheel at ucsc.

get a brake tough guy.
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Old 12-12-07, 02:47 PM   #17
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Start a brake vs. brakeless thread.
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Old 12-12-07, 02:47 PM   #18
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Foot in back tire is the best thing to do, most people that ride brakeless bmx bikes only do this, so it shouldn't be too bad to use as a last resort if people rely on it as a primary source of braking.
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Old 12-12-07, 02:52 PM   #19
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Ted Shred the mutha!

EDIT: "ftw"
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Foot in back tire is the best thing to do, most people that ride brakeless bmx bikes only do this, so it shouldn't be too bad to use as a last resort if people rely on it as a primary source of braking.
Most people that ride brakeless BMX are also 13 years old, not yet through puberty, and pushing a 28/16 gear so they ain't moving very fast.

Sounds like pain to me.

Any of you foot jam heroes got youtube vids of that ****?
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Old 12-12-07, 02:55 PM   #21
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you have wireless on a bus?

two links. one for you:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/StarMet...ssance_Project


one for everybody:

http://media.www.studlife.com/media/...-3002099.shtml

now supersoak dat ho!
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Old 12-12-07, 02:55 PM   #22
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you have wireless on a bus?
Blackberry?

Also, put more pressure on the front, and slalom down the hill to slow down, or foot in back wheel, like one of my brakeless BMX friends does.
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Any of you foot jam heroes got youtube vids of that ****?
you don't jam your foot, you stick it in the rear triangle with the tread facing the tire and slowly apply more and more pressure until it slows you down.

then you go on the internet and tell everyone how you cheated certain and unavoidable death and we all respect you for it.

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Old 12-12-07, 02:59 PM   #24
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foot jam. not hard.
+1 for the bmx-style stop, i've had to use that trick before when my chain came off.

now i ride w/ a front brake just in case.
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Old 12-12-07, 02:59 PM   #25
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use a car to arrest your momentum (I've done this)
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