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    Single Speed Bike Front&Rear BRAKE ***HELP***

    Hello everyone, I am very new to the singlespeed/fixed gear world.
    Anyway I am currently converting an old Ross bike to a singlespeed(not fixed gear though).

    My question is basically if I should go with both a front and rear brake or just a front brake. I know that fixed gear riders usually use only a front brake but as I stated earlier my bike will not be a fixed gear. Although I do prefer the simplistic look of just having one front brake vs. 2

    Thank You.

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    Yes, use two, or one, or none. Its up to you really. One is safe, two is safer. but all in all it has to be your decision. Many here ride SS with just the front. I did for a while and felt safe, but you may want the security or having the back one too.

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    I would never ride a bike without 2 independent means of stopping. Don't like the idea that a single part failure could have me riding straight under a truck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steev View Post
    I would never ride a bike without 2 independent means of stopping. Don't like the idea that a single part failure could have me riding straight under a truck.

    *thump thump thump*

    Thats the hamster in my head falling off its wheel for me not thinking of that...

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    use two, if your front goes out you'll need the rear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by untuned View Post
    Hello everyone, I am very new to the singlespeed/fixed gear world.
    Anyway I am currently converting an old Ross bike to a singlespeed(not fixed gear though).

    My question is basically if I should go with both a front and rear brake or just a front brake. I know that fixed gear riders usually use only a front brake but as I stated earlier my bike will not be a fixed gear. Although I do prefer the simplistic look of just having one front brake vs. 2

    Thank You.
    Seriously?

    Is this a troll or what.
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    FRONT & REAR, full stop.

    Please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by operator View Post
    Seriously?

    Is this a troll or what.
    What makes you think that?

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    2 on a single speed, 1 on a fixie. That's the safest route, though as you know many fixed gear riders go brakeless, and many SS riders go with just one. Attention: Joke Content: -->Of course, you could just go brakeless, all that stopping stuff is doing is slowing you down! <--seriously, this is a joke. A Joke. Nobody try this.
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    SS = 2 brakes

    /thread end
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    Quote Originally Posted by operator View Post
    Seriously?

    Is this a troll or what.

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    So, question from someone new to this whole thing means troll now. No wonder everyone seems to always act like they know it all.

    I guess no one is aloud to start a new hobby unless they know everything there is to know about it before hand.

    Attention everyone!!! education is bad!!! no one ask any more questions!!! ever!!! Close site to anyone that needs help!!!

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    if you ever go down hills or above 5-10 miles an hour you will need two methods of stopping... on a single speed that means two brakes, please!

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    2 brakes please

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    3 brakes if you can

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    Whether on an SS, an FG, or a bicycle with modern technology like gears and such, I'd recommend two brakes.

    JesseDuncan:I just love how "cars will be forced to cross the double yellow lines on dangerous limited visibility roads".

    I don't want to have a head on but oh god, I HAVE to fling myself into oncoming traffic to pass, theres no alternative!!!

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    But some people do indeed ride SS with only front? How's this work out? I never even use my front brake o.O
    i lol'd

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    a front brake is more reliable than a coaster brake. there are many bicycles with only a coaster or a front brake. people even ride their fixed bike without brakes. doesn't mean it's a good idea, though.

    front only is better than back only i would think. unless you panic and slam the front brake much too hard and cause a flip or a front wheel skid, then its absolutely catastrophic!

    coaster brakes are metal on metal and can theoretically seize up under prolonged braking, such as down a mountain road.

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    If you start off with none.....the correct decision will soon appear with frightening clarity.

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    I guess I'll be doing both brakes...thanks everyone

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    Quote Originally Posted by kassebaum View Post
    But some people do indeed ride SS with only front? How's this work out? I never even use my front brake o.O
    You should always use your front brake my default. It has far more stopping power than your rear brake, because when you slow down, the weight of the bike (and you) shifts forward. You shouldn't even use the back brake unless you feel your weight pitching too far forward, in which case you should ease off the front and apply the rear.
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