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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 08-31-08, 11:55 PM   #1
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Front or rear break for 'flip-flop' use.

so anyway, im gonna be commuting on the ss and riding around for fun fg. I hate the way rear brakes 'break up' the simplicity of my bike but front breaks worry me for downhill emergency situations..

what would you do? I bike about 50miles a week these days..
21-22 commuting up and downhill to work, the rest just fu*king around all over town, hills or not.

Im only gonna roll one brake, period. what would you choose and why?
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Two brakes. If you're willing to run a rear brake, then why are you concerned about the look of two brakes? Doesn't running a rear brake "break up the simplicity" of your bike? And why would you put yourself in danger (SS with one brake is kind of dangerous) just to maintain some meaningless aesthetic? Function over form. Safety first. Etc.
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Old 09-01-08, 12:33 AM   #3
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For SS - both.

Period.
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I was using just a front brake on my bike when I was riding single speed, the more is way more efficient on the front (it's where the weight's transfered when braking) than the back. I reckon that if you're gonna be riding S/S then you really need both. If you're riding fixed I think just a front brake is grand, just make sure you don't grab too hard at once though!

I actually had a very dodgey SS, if I stopped pedalling, the cassete would spin off of the hub! From the odd time I'd forget, it was chewing apart the thread on the hub! That's when I moved the brake from the rear to the front and it was alot more safe..
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imo, you don't need both brakes on an ss. on my ss, which will be flip/flop soon, i've been only using the front brake and i've gotten around fine.
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Read Sheldon Brown about this. He advises having both brakes and using only the front in MOST (but not ALL) situations.
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got it.
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