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Old 12-31-08, 05:08 PM   #1
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Illinois/Chicago brake law?

I'm riding fixed with only a front brake. Does anyone know the law for brakes in Illinois? Are cyclist required to have both front and rear? Is a front brake enough to avoid getting a ticket?

I just want to be covered in case of an accident or a ticket. ie getting the fault pinned on me because I failed to run a rear brake.

I found this online but am still unsure

Section 9-52-080
"Every bicycle shall be equipped with a brake that will enable the operator to make the braked wheel skid on dry, level, clean pavement."

What are the implications of this for brake-less/fixed-gear bikes? I can't lock the wheels with a front brake but can lock the rear with my legs. Does this count?
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Old 12-31-08, 06:03 PM   #2
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http://www.biketraffic.org/content.php?id=50_0_6_0
http://www.chicagobikes.org/bikelaws/
http://chicagobikelaw.blogspot.com/


I am not sure about rear brakes. you might want to contact lawyer jim - he will know the answer.
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"Every bicycle shall be equipped with a brake that will enable the operator to make the braked wheel skid on dry, level, clean pavement."


Has anyone ever been able to skid their front wheel on dry, level, clean pavement? And lived to tell the tale?
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Has anyone ever been able to skid their front wheel on dry, level, clean pavement? And lived to tell the tale?
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Has anyone ever been able to skid their front wheel on dry, level, clean pavement? And lived to tell the tale?
Yup.. just need to do it on a nice strip of tar/oil buildup
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Well that's not dry or clean.
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Makes perfect sense as a skid is the sign of efficient and effective braking.
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Where can you find clean an dry pavement in Chicago anyways so I guess it really doesn't matter
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