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Old 08-26-10, 11:22 PM   #1
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fastest way to stop w/out brakes?

i know how to regular skid (leaning fwd thingy) and i find it like a fun lil trick but not a good way to stop help?

ps. please don't say brakes!!!
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Old 08-26-10, 11:33 PM   #2
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i know how to regular skid (leaning fwd thingy) and i find it like a fun lil trick but not a good way to stop help?

ps. please don't say brakes!!!
As far as I know, skidding is the closest thing to braking without brakes. Or footjam on your front wheel.
But do us all a favor, and throw in a front brake.
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brakes. skip stop. if you cant brake well enough,

BRAKES.































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Old 08-26-10, 11:38 PM   #4
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The fastest way to stop a bike without brakes is to slam into a fixed object.... cars work pretty good for this because they are everywhere.
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The fastest way to stop a bike without brakes is to slam into a fixed object.... cars work pretty good for this because they are everywhere.
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Well theoretically it would be to use as much back-pressure on your back wheel as possible without skidding. So i would work on back pressure, using both your feet.
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Old 08-27-10, 12:15 AM   #7
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When I ride brakeless I carry a handlebar mounted umbrella which I hook into front wheel just behind the fork when I need to stop really fast.
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Old 08-27-10, 12:17 AM   #8
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What is the best to way to stop breakless? Good question tons of possibilities.
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Old 08-27-10, 12:23 AM   #9
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Steer into any of the following object: brick walls, curbs, fire hydrants, massive display windows, car doors etc etc. It'll stop you but you probably will end up with some terrible road rash or worse, die.

Joking aside, if you're just riding fixed for the first time, keep the brake, you'll be much happier with a brake.

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When I ride brakeless I carry a handlebar mounted umbrella which I hook into front wheel just behind the fork when I need to stop really fast.
You should buy a parachute, much easier to deploy.

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Old 08-27-10, 01:37 AM   #10
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Just ask yourself one question: What looks cooler, a front brake, or a wooden box?

Then go buy a brake.

For real though, if you must, I believe the quickest way to stop is to put as much weight over your back tire as possible and backpedal like your life depends on it. (as mentioned above)
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Old 08-27-10, 01:40 AM   #11
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backpedal like your life depends on it. (as mentioned above)
because if you're in that much of a hurry to stop, it usually does.
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I usually use a grappling hook for asphalt & city or an anchor for beach & sand. Almost Batman like ?

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Old 08-27-10, 03:37 AM   #13
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From a physics standpoint, the fastest way to stop would be to do a bunny hop 180 and then when your rear wheel is in front and then apply "forward" (opposite direction of travel) pressure on the pedals so that you do a tiny bit of an "endo" but don't ever actually lose traction on your rear wheel (which is now in front).

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foot jamming and lots of replaceable shoes

But seriously, if you had to ask this ridiculous question then get a ****ing brake. For the sake of everyone around you and yourself just use a brake until you actually have the skill to stop without brakes
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if you had to ask this ridiculous question then get a ****ing brake.
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Jump. Can't move on a bike if you're not on the bike.
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Old 08-27-10, 05:24 AM   #17
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When going fast downhill and trying to avoid that big car from the 70's that just pulled out in front of you and stopped, I've found that hedges will only slow you down: the house on the other side will do a thorough job though ~
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Every cyclist should really know how to stop their bike without brakes (just in case they fail). e.g. using their shoe against the wheel.
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Old 08-27-10, 05:57 AM   #19
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i agree with spire. i had a moment of panic the other day when i found out in an unfortunate manner that my rear wire wasnt tight enough. thankfully i had fronts but i was ready to do some foot jammin in my chuck taylors
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Foot jammed behind the fork is my go-to! Are you looking for a regular use thing, OP or in case of emergency???

Luckily it's been a while since I've been without brakes in an emergency, so my shoes look pretty good. If you go foot jammin' a lot, your shoes are screwed! No more white K-Swiss for you.
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When going fast downhill and trying to avoid that big car from the 70's that just pulled out in front of you and stopped, I've found that hedges will only slow you down: the house on the other side will do a thorough job though ~
Yes, because it is highly common for brake cables to snap...

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[QUOTE=the_don;11363144]Yes, because it is highly common for brake cables to snap...

It slipped completely away from the nut that held it in place. I ride with two brakes now ~
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If you have to use the nuts-to-the-stem form of skidding, you should probably be using a front brake. Make sure you learn to skip stop and skid seated, then you can take of the front brake. The nuts-to-the-stem method is incredibly ineffective and you cant really do it in a pinch.
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It slipped completely away from the nut that held it in place. I ride with two brakes now ~
The problem is that you didn't install and / or adjust the brake properly. Adding another brake isn't going to help any if it isn't done right. The failure is yours, not the equipment's.

Oh, and to the OP, I nominate you for a Darwin award.
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i know how to regular skid (leaning fwd thingy) and i find it like a fun lil trick but not a good way to stop help?

ps. please don't say brakes!!!
You might wanna try out a power-slide. You "seated-skid" out to left or right. But unlike fish-tailing, you stay to one side and let yourself turn further out. I sometimes do fish-tailing for stopping (as opposed to slowing), too. Those seem to offer more stopping power than straight skids.

I think you should learn fish-tailing first, then power-slides gonna be fairly natural to do. Meanwhile, skipping is a practical "auxiliary" braking method. ... Oh did I tell you it's real fun?

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