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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 08-19-09, 03:25 PM   #1
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Front or back Break

I know every one is sick of all the break vs breakless stuff but thats not what this is.
i want to know whitch break you ride on your fixed gear front or back? and why my build is almost done and i want to put oneof the two on.
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Old 08-19-09, 03:30 PM   #2
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front. i have never seen anyone running a fixed gear with just a back brake. a front brake is what you want.
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Old 08-19-09, 03:32 PM   #3
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A back break can hurt.

I prefer a front brake
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Old 08-19-09, 03:38 PM   #4
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Front brake or you could get a back break.
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Old 08-19-09, 03:52 PM   #5
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front brake gives something like 70% of stopping power, so if you need just one, i agree that it should be the front. gotta ask, though, why not both? biking is cool. brakes make it so much safer, so you can be cooler longer. or maybe not kill a pedestrian. seriously! wtf?! start a trend. oops. already started. almost all bicyclists have had two brakes forever. with a fixed gear, you'll kinda have three. maybe three is better than two, which is better than one? or you could use hub brakes and rim brakes and a fixed wheel. then you'd have five! look out campy!

seriously. i have google give me all news articles with the word bicycle in them. way over half are about now dead bicyclists. usually involves a car, but a couple of good brakes and an alert rider and there won't be anything to write about.

stepping off soapbox now.
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Old 08-19-09, 03:53 PM   #6
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Front brake. Yep.
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Old 08-19-09, 04:02 PM   #7
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if you need a brake, go ride a road bike.
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Old 08-19-09, 04:09 PM   #8
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Old 08-19-09, 04:15 PM   #10
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Old 08-19-09, 04:27 PM   #11
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Old 08-19-09, 04:30 PM   #12
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rear brake on a Fixie is like a screen door on a submarine
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Old 08-19-09, 05:25 PM   #13
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My bike is new, it has no breaks, yet.
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Old 08-19-09, 09:13 PM   #15
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omg are those njs helmets
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looks like it. They need the numbers on them though
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they look like horse riding helmets.
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front brake with the lever on the right side.
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front brake with the lever on the right side.
I just installed a new brake on my friends bike. Some idiot put the lever on the right side, so the cable has to make a very drastic bend. Not a huge deal, but very irritating when you are tired and grouchy. Besides, if you ever ride any bike ever anywhere with two brakes, you'll have the front on the left, so you'll already be used to it.
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Breaks.
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front brake with the lever on your dominant/non-signaling hand side.
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Why not use both? I do and it works great especially when it's hilly. Those who say having a rear brake is pointless, I think, are just passing on info without actually trying it out. It really makes a difference especially when it's wet outside. Some don't want the rear because of the added weight or it messes up the look of the bike. If you're stuck on only having one, then just use the front.
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Old 08-20-09, 02:11 PM   #24
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either ride with one front brake or rear brake and a front brake. what if your front brake fails on you when your chain snaps off riding down a hill?
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either ride with one front brake or rear brake and a front brake. what if your front brake fails on you when your chain snaps off riding down a hill?
What if a moose falls out of the sky and lands in your living room???????????
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