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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 08-20-08, 06:24 PM   #1
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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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Old 08-20-08, 06:25 PM   #2
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Yes. This has been covered.
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Old 08-20-08, 06:26 PM   #3
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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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Old 08-20-08, 06:29 PM   #5
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Death is right this thread is the bomb.
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Old 08-20-08, 06:30 PM   #6
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****** thread of the month.
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Old 08-20-08, 06:36 PM   #7
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Old 08-20-08, 06:38 PM   #8
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people here love brakes man. run away.
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Old 08-20-08, 06:38 PM   #9
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probably true, since it has been declared that riding without brakes is "********."
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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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Old 08-20-08, 06:43 PM   #11
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Thanks for that little explosion of **** coming out of your brain ****dick.
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Old 08-20-08, 06:44 PM   #12
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No, a lot of people do it. This thread sure is ********, though.
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Old 08-20-08, 06:46 PM   #13
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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.

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Old 08-20-08, 06:47 PM   #15
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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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Don't ruin the concept of zen by using it as an excuse for your stupidity.
And, stay the fu<k away from me.
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72 virgins await riders w/o brakes
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Old 08-20-08, 07:21 PM   #21
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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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Old 08-20-08, 07:22 PM   #22
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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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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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