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    Why I will never ride with brakes.

    I don't know if this has been posted previously since this is my first day on here.

    But I will never get brakes for my fixie. I've been riding for a long time and there is nothing like it. I switch to my regular geared road bike and find myself trying to pedal backwards. I don't feel like I have that "zen." Yes, that is probably cliche, I really don't care. When you do not have brakes you become more aware and in the moment. With brakes you KNOW you have the option of safely stopping. Without, there is always the increased risk of injury or- death. Now maybe I'm just crazy and not afraid of getting hurt!

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    Yes. This has been covered.

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    I will probably never remove my brakes. Why? Because as much as I enjoy the Zen of riding fixed gear, I'm in no hurry to reach Nirvana.

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    Death is right this thread is the bomb.

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    ****** thread of the month.
    Quote Originally Posted by bonechilling View Post
    Road [racing] is one of the only sports where adult men can compete in a non-scholastic setting, so inevitably 8/10 racers are fiercely-competitive nobodies. It's fun as hell, but it's also the foremost refuge of defeated and aging jocks, turned middle-management types.

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    you turd
    Quote Originally Posted by tx_what_it_do View Post
    machined are for brakes. non-machined are more for brakeless.

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    people here love brakes man. run away.

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    probably true, since it has been declared that riding without brakes is "********."

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    Quote Originally Posted by hahabark View Post
    probably true, since it has been declared that riding without brakes is "********."
    No, a lot of people do it. This thread sure is ********, though.

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    Thanks for that little explosion of **** coming out of your brain ****dick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jabba Degrassi View Post
    No, a lot of people do it. This thread sure is ********, though.
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    Tarck is that special feeling when you and your lady are riding your bikes and both of you match with your bike and it 'just so happens' your colors work perfectly with hers on accident, and you look over at her and give her that little nod saying "yea thats right we match." Then you go find an alley and she does down on you and she pukes all over your dick and then pees all over the place.
    Thats tarck.

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    you must enjoy going slow on your bicycle.

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    I'd love to see a poll of people who've come off vs those who haven't and see their oppinions then..

    I know the feeling you're talking about, I've always had a front brake for emergency (plus there are some steep hills here and I'm not a great skidder due to not being able to finance new tires more often than I do now!) but recently I changed back to drops and the bars are too fat.. I was riding along my street at my normal (quickish) pace and looked down and realised I'd no brakes attached to my bike whatsoever! so kinda calmed it down a bit.

    And it's actually a good thing too, was a test spin and on it I discovered my Ebay bargain cranks had been eaten apart from over-tightening the pedals done by a previous owner. If I'd gone to try and stop hard my pedal would have snapped off, making a difficult stop even more dangerous!

    My view is, try ride without a brake once or twice to really feel the Zen, but then stick on a brake so you don't get killed! Have to say it made me so much more aware (amplified by the jump of 10 gear inches to the drivetrain) and I'm glad I chose to use a brake in the end.

    My 2c

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    ZEN! Can we retire "zen" please.

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    In fairness, it's cliché to fook, but it's the best description.. 'Sensation' more appropriate?

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    This is Africa, 1943. War spits out its violence overhead and the sandy graveyard swallows it up. Her name is King Nine, B-25, medium bomber, Twelfth Air Force. On a hot, still morning she took off from Tunisia to bomb the southern tip of Italy. An errant piece of flak tore a hole in a wing tank and, like a wounded bird, this is where she landed, not to return on this day, or any other day.

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    troll

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    Don't ruin the concept of zen by using it as an excuse for your stupidity.
    And, stay the fu<k away from me.
    Go Hard

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    72 virgins await riders w/o brakes

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    learn to ride without brakes and you're fine. sounds like a lot of people on here belong in the road forum.

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    I hope your chain breaks.

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    I'm all for people riding without brakes if only to, another cliche coming, "thin out the herd."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mistawes View Post
    In fairness, it's cliché to fook, but it's the best description.. 'Sensation' more appropriate?
    As someone who studied Zen Buddhism and meditation for years, I doubt people using the "zen" term understand the concept beyond a marketing buzz phrase.

    To the OP, go for it and ride without brakes. It's your skull and while I think it's idiotic, I won't stop you from doing it

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