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Old 05-23-08, 10:23 PM   #1
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Illegal

what states is it illegal to ride without brakes? I am going to college in Illinois and wondering if i'll be alright, i cant seem to dig anything up, anyone around Illinois Wesleyan (Bloomington/Normal) area that rides? Thanks guys again.
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Old 05-23-08, 10:34 PM   #2
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does anywhere REALLY crack down on it? i rode brakeless all over oregon a few months ago, and saw tons of other brakeless bikes too.
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Old 05-23-08, 10:51 PM   #3
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as long as your not doing any stupid **** you should be fine
just dont draw a bunch of attention to yourself by weaving through traffic and such
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Old 05-23-08, 10:58 PM   #4
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sounds good to me. I just am getting the hang of riding a fixed gear, and have just my front brakes on both of my fixed gear bikes, and will soon want to take the front off both of them. THanks
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Old 05-23-08, 11:19 PM   #5
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just say you have a coaster brake if you get caught and then just skid to prove it.
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Old 05-23-08, 11:45 PM   #6
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I have never heard anything about needing a brake in illinois.
I have plenty of friends that ride brakeless in the CU. I guess if you are good for it, you can try it.
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Old 05-24-08, 01:57 AM   #7
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Hey,

I think you don't get caught brake-less in Japan either. There are not enough cops around who are free enough to go off and arrest bikers. ... But I did get stopped for "bike-registration"; cop ain't checking for brakes. ... Personally, I don't think people around here knows what brake levers should look like, so you could fake it by pretending to grab at something when you see cops.

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Old 05-24-08, 03:25 AM   #8
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"what do you mean I don't have any brakes? How did I just stop?"
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Old 05-24-08, 03:30 AM   #9
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In Santa Cruz you need one operational brake (as opposed to a non operational one or something). I was stopped by a cop recently who warned me about it.
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Old 05-24-08, 05:29 AM   #10
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You need a brake in every state, although the cops in Tasmania don't really know about fixies yet, so you'll get away with it there. Queensland cops are the worst, so watch out.

You didn't ask about the territories - any plans to go through the ACT or NT?
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Old 05-24-08, 07:04 AM   #11
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I think the cops in most cities are pretty clueless about people riding without traditional brakes.
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Old 05-24-08, 07:31 AM   #12
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i wouldnt worry about it, but why take them off? if you want to ride brakeless, just dont use your brakes.
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i wouldnt worry about it, but why take them off? if you want to ride brakeless, just dont use your brakes.
My guess is that's what he's doing right now, as a way of preparing himself for riding without a brake at all. I'm popping a front brake on my current project, but I intend to use it as an E-brake.

I may remove it eventually, I may not. I don't know. All I do know is it's going to be there for a pretty long time.
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I still fail to understand why one would ride without brakes in traffic.
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It just looks cool okay.
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I still fail to understand why one would ride without brakes in traffic.
The bike looks better without brakes.
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I seldom use the brake on my bike. I've only used it for those "oh-*****" moments which are also uncommon but they do happen.
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I still fail to understand why one would ride without brakes in traffic.
Some people have more fashion sense than common sense.
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does anywhere REALLY crack down on it? i rode brakeless all over oregon a few months ago, and saw tons of other brakeless bikes too.
My roommate got a $60 ticket for brakeless in Eugene, and I know 2 guys who got tickets in portland. I think it's more if you are drawing attention to yourself cuz I've never had any issues and I know plenty of others who have not either.
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no one in bloomington normal gives a ****. especially the cops. that said, over in peoria i've been ticketed for having too bright head lights and not any reflectors. needless to say it was totally bogus and i didn't pay squat.

drivers in central illinois don't know what a bicycle is. if you are going to ride in traffic, which is highly unadvisable in this part of our great nation, do so in a group - a large group! i can't tell you the number of times i've been nearly creamed by central illinois drivers. my first year with a fixed gear was terrible because i rarely got to get it out on longer rides and i eventually had to bring down a geared bike so i could go out on local club rides for the group protection.

don't assume people around here will stop for you. if it's you or them, they'll pick you and since there are almost no laws in this state about hitting cyclists, chances are they'll murder you then go home with a $200 ticket. don't give 'em an opportunity!
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^ you in Bloomington?
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^ you in Bloomington?
was in peoria. graduated a few weeks back.

to be honest, peoria was a crappy town. bloomington normal on the other hand looks even worse.
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was in peoria. graduated a few weeks back.

to be honest, peoria was a crappy town. bloomington normal on the other hand looks even worse.
how do you figure?
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How safe is it riding in town? I'll be moving to BN soon too, and I figured I'd be okay riding around downtown and the colleges.

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How safe is it riding in town? I'll be moving to BN soon too, and I figured I'd be okay riding around downtown and the colleges.
going to school down there? Im headed to Illinois Wesleyan this fall for college.
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