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    How many run brakeless?

    Just wondering, don't know if I have the balls to take the front brake off. How did you make the switch? Just Fin do it and learn? Or take it slow?

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    I do %95 of the time.

    When I have risers on I put the front brake on. Be mindful I don't ride in the city much.

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    Bikes that are drilled for brakes should have brakes. Don't take your brake off. You will earn no streed cred points by taking it off. You will only gain poser points for trying too hard.

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    I do not have a brake, but I did for the longest time. You'll know when u can take it off, even then though, its a better idea to keep it on. But I must admit, it kinda was like breaking free from that one girlfriend we've all had (or boyfriend).

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    I've only ridden brakeless a few times.
    -my front brake broke
    -rode my friend's brakeless bike
    -decided to brakeless to the velodrome

    You know it did feel different riding brakeless but I couldnt get myself to go more that like 15 mph on flat road. It was fun but slow. Have gooooood foot retention. The cleats for my LOOK pedals were wornout I and pulled out the then a couple times.
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    I'm thinking about buying a Kilo and running it brakeless just to see if I can get used to it. Plus I need a good excuse to add another bike to the garage...

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    Ya know, jus cuz u hav a front brake don't mean u gotta use it. But it's sure nice when grandma comes flying outta her driveway w/o lookin' or runs a stop sign to have the front brake option instead of low siding yer bike. I can go days, even weeks w/o using my brake, but sooner or later I'm gonna need it, usually when I least expect it.
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    I do when I'm on the track, and when I'm riding after the track.

    I value my bike too much to run brakeless normally. I never use it, but it might save my ass in the future.

    On another note, my friend and another local kid rode brakeless fixed last night with me on our midnight century...

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    Quote Originally Posted by joker8baller View Post
    On another note, my friend and another local kid rode brakeless fixed last night with me on our midnight century...
    that is F'in street cred.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joker8baller View Post
    last night with me on our midnight century...
    Are you in LA? there was the Dark Century last night
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    Quote Originally Posted by vw addict View Post
    Just wondering, don't know if I have the balls to take the front brake off. How did you make the switch? Just Fin do it and learn? Or take it slow?
    You should make this a poll so we dont have to read every post to see collective results.
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    They sell furniture too. ****ing posers.

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    I ride brakeless for the majority of the year. In winter, I have a front brake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capocaccia View Post
    You should make this a poll so we dont have to read every post to see collective results.
    no one is making you do anything

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    Quote Originally Posted by vw addict View Post
    I'm thinking about buying a Kilo and running it brakeless just to see if I can get used to it. Plus I need a good excuse to add another bike to the garage...
    riding without a brake isnt something you get used to as you do it (*Dangerous* like becoming a parachute instructor and learning on the job); its something you do after riding with a brake and gauging whether or not you can ride without it.

    Regardless how anyone feels about riding brakeless, I think we can all agree that one shouldnt start riding without a brake unless they have ridden with one for a good amount of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vw addict View Post
    no one is making you do anything

    Haha ok pretentious.
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    They sell furniture too. ****ing posers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmgreene85 View Post
    Regardless how anyone feels about riding brakeless, I think we can all agree that one shouldnt start riding without a brake unless they have ridden with one for a good amount of time.
    well I have been running my Langster with a front brake for a couple years, just thought I would try the stress of brakeless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capocaccia View Post
    Haha ok pretentious.
    sorry it wasn't really meant to be a comparison thread, more of a inspiration thread.

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    I've only been riding without a brake for 3 months or so, only because I don't have a lever for the bars I was gifted and am using. And like hairnet said, it's slow. Riding brakeless means you need to be paying attention 100% of the time, and you need to be especially cautious. In other words, don't race to the redlight at full speed, because you won't be able to slow down in time if it's not clear (or at least I can't). Also, I've been told, and am not surprised, that if you get hit, even if whoever you hit is at fault/hit you by road laws, you didn't have a brake, thus it's automatically your fault (within certain reason, of course).

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    I ride brakeless on my single speed. This separates the men from the boys.
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    I do most of the time, skidding is second to nature to me... but I still run a front brake on my commuter; better safe than sorry especially when there are drivers who have $hit for skills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by destikon View Post
    I ride brakeless on my single speed. This separates the men from the boys.
    thanks, your post means so much. You should consider running for congress

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    Quote Originally Posted by vw addict View Post
    thanks, your post means so much. You should consider running for congress
    he was actually the incumbent mayor whom eventually was bumped out my thomas carcetti

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmgreene85 View Post
    he was actually the incumbent mayor whom eventually was bumped out my thomas carcetti
    who.

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    One brake always for me. (or two)

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    Quote Originally Posted by adriano View Post
    who.
    BF user destikon. At least, I thought he looked like him
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