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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 10-06-08, 03:41 PM   #1
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Front Brake Lever...Left or Right side?

which side is the standard side for a front break lever on a fixed gear? I've always thought it was the left, but i've been seeing a lot of bikes with it on the right.
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Old 10-06-08, 03:55 PM   #2
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whatever is more comfortable or what you are more used to
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Pick as side that you use most comfortably to brake with. Being that I rode a mountain bike for a while I usually brake with my rear brake, which is my right hand. I plan to install a front brake on my new Windsor Hour which the lever on the right side, because I'm used to using that hand to brake with.
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i'm used to braking with my left. not sure if it is because that's the standard bicycle side or if it is carry over from riding a motorcycle. So which side is standard though?
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Old 10-06-08, 04:13 PM   #6
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no standard, more like personal preference. Most bikes come stock with left lever to front brake though.
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Old 10-06-08, 04:15 PM   #7
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You can signal and brake at the same time if the lever is on the right.
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Old 10-06-08, 04:25 PM   #8
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use a long lever-- your either right or left handed-- I dont think you brake with your
shwantz-- anywhooze, I dont like finger levers---
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Make sure whatever side you choose isn't crimping your brake cable by creating any super tight bends.
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I just keep it the same as my road bike. No point in switch it up. Left side for me.
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i'm used to braking with my left. not sure if it is because that's the standard bicycle side or if it is carry over from riding a motorcycle. So which side is standard though?
My motorcycle has a clutch lever on the left, front brake on the right. I use a brake on the left on my fixed though since that's where it is on the road bike.
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i am rocking my front brake on the right on my messenger, but on my conversion, with dual brakes, imma put the front on the left/back on the right
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i'm not smart enough to have the front on the left on some bikes & the right on others, so I keep it the same on all the bikes. when i ride my motorcycle (which isn't really often), i usually start out with one crunching front brake grab at some point as I remember the right is the front brake if there's a motor instead of pedals......
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I attach mine to the seatpost. It's only there for real emergencies.
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i'm used to braking with my left. not sure if it is because that's the standard bicycle side or if it is carry over from riding a motorcycle. So which side is standard though?
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I put mine on the right because I'm left-handed.
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I mount mine on my helmet. The less stuff attached to my bike the better it looks, ergo the better I look and the more legit street cred I have.

I also have a water bottle cage screwed onto my right shin.
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I attach mine to the seatpost. It's only there for real emergencies.
Yeah, because in a panic, its easiest, fastest, and safest to let go of your bars to grab a lever on your seatpost. True stupidity going on right here.
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which side is the standard side for a front break lever on a fixed gear? I've always thought it was the left, but i've been seeing a lot of bikes with it on the right.
Most people with front brake lever on right are probably just doing it out of ignorance...not realizing that there is a standard position (left). But it doesn't really matter. Do what is most comfortable. Personally, I would never put the front lever on the right, because I've been riding for so long that my brain is now hardwired into thinking the front lever is on the left.
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Most people with front brake lever on right are probably just doing it out of ignorance...not realizing that there is a standard position (left). But it doesn't really matter. Do what is most comfortable. Personally, I would never put the front lever on the right, because I've been riding for so long that my brain is now hardwired into thinking the front lever is on the left.

Ah, the ignorant point out ignorance. Here in the US its common for the front brake lever to be on the left. That doesn't necessarily apply to other countries.

And if your that addle brained that you can't adjust when changing bikes, maybe you should stick to tricycles.
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I mount the front brake on the right on all my bikes as that position is more natural to me from riding motorbikes. I had a mountain bike that came with the front brake on the left, on the first ride I endoed down a steep downhill section due to thinking I was grabbing a handful of rear brake I swapped them around right on the trail and learned my lesson which is go with what is instinctive. When things get hairy you will fall back on your instincts. There is no real norm and the comment about brake mounting on the right being done mostly out of ignorance is well..... a little ignorant or misinformed.
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