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    First outing on my fixed gear

    Hey friends,

    So my Kilo tt stripper raw came in the mail on Tuesday, got some time to get it put together Wednesday night and finally got to go for a little ride tonight maybe 2-3miles. All I can say is Wow it was fun, but its going to take some serious getting used to lol. Coming from a BMX street background (in which I rode Brakeless,) I have no idea how you can ride this with out a brake in heavy populated areas haha. Currently only have the front brake set up right now but feel like id die without it. Given that I know ill become much more comfortable with riding fixed and the setup itself the more I ride but as far as starting off I'd say your an idiot to not ride a brake. This is also my first like road bike in general for def gotta get a feel for the setup big time.

    Anyways very happy with my purchase cant wait to put some serious miles in and get more comfortable with riding fixed as its not a natural thing for me or probably anyone but think its gonna be a great ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vhee View Post
    as far as starting off I'd say your an idiot to not ride a brake.
    This is true. And yet I've never had a brake on any of my fixed gear bikes.

    Am I an idiot?

    Maybe.

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    Congrats on surviving. You've got plenty of time to think about the whole brakes thing.
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    brakes>>>>>>>>>>>

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    Hope you have foot retention.
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    because physics has more street cred than tarckstars.

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    Riding fixed was really weird to me at first, and I sort of couldn't stand not being able to coast. Now, coasting feels weird, like the cranks are sticking and don't want to turn.
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    The brake lever is on the handlebars, so no one can complain about that.
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    Even if you never use it, having a brake is nice in case you drop or snap your chain.
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    Yeah guys but with brakes you can't do any sweet barspins.
    Unless you get one of these...

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    But seriously, as a fellow fixed newb myself, a front brake is essential during the learning phase. And IMO it should really be on there at all times even well after the learning phase. Like Jimmy said, if you drop the chain or your shoelace gets tangled/caught or you have a blowout or who knows, lots of unexpected things can happen. What's the harm in having a front brake just in case?
    I don't even wear a helmet, so it's not like I'm a safety nut, but I need a brake. I do most of my riding in heavy urban traffic. All types of crazy things happen. Gotta be ready for anything.
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    Jesus Christ, I know this topic is beaten into the ground, but is it so flipping painful and uncool to have a flipping front brake? I mean, seriously. We are now at the point of talking about using brakes as a "phase". I think I'm going to start riding with one pedal, because it will be cool, edgy, and unique. I can still ride and stop with just one, so, why should I use two pedals? Who's with me?

    Anyway, congrats on getting the bike, enjoy!

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    I don't understand something about BMX bikes. The OP said he road brakeless. Does that mean that his BMX bike was fixed? Are BMX bikes often fixed? Are you just supposed to put your feet down to stop or do hockey stop kind of thing? What is going on here?

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    Coaster brake on BMX usually, no?
    lol, that's what I always used. Of course I was 8 years old...
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    There are a lot of BMX dudes who ride freewheels and no brakes. I don't know how they stop, but they do it, apparently.
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    Could be he had a fixed BMX or he could have just Fred Flintstoned the stops. Heck, maybe he just bailed off the bike if things got hairy. The bikes are alot smaller than regular riders. I used to race BMX back in the day and lots of guys rode with brakes in name only(as in, cut cables inside housing or screwed in levers) because they didn't want to be tempted to use them. Brakes = slow.
    Was it smart? No. But it is common practice.

    I find the brake debate interesting.
    So is it recommened because you use the front brake all the time or for emergencies only? Do we really care if some guy doesn't want a brake on HIS bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nakedbabytoes View Post
    Could be he had a fixed BMX or he could have just Fred Flintstoned the stops...
    The BMX dudes (dudettes) ride freewheel without brakes. They place their foot on the tire (Ted Shred ****) or flintstone. I find it ridiculous, but then again: without looking mad dangerous they would just look like grown people on kids bikes ; )

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    A lot of people ride bmx without brakes and just a freewheel/cassette. Makes it harder to bail on stuff so you have to commit. Never was into it myself when I rode bmx, but people who do love the simplicity and "free" feeling of it. Whatever floats their boat.

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    Yeah, I've ridden with some BMXers and they simply reach back with their foot and put the sole of their shoe on the back tire just behind the brake bridge. Flippin' insane if you ask me, but they seem to do okay with it. One guy rode with flip-flops. That's just... whoa.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddeadserious View Post
    There are a lot of BMX dudes who ride freewheels and no brakes. I don't know how they stop, but they do it, apparently.
    There are a lot of BMX dudes in town and none of them have brakes. BMX riders typically don't ride as fast or as far as those on road bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
    There are a lot of BMX dudes in town and none of them have brakes. BMX riders typically don't ride as fast or as far as those on road bikes.
    its probably because they spin ratios like 25/20 and max out with a top speed of like 10mph with a cadence of like a million.

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    Wow, I always thought when I saw a bmx bike with no visible brakes that they were using a coaster brake. I guess I will be giving those guys a little more room now. Even at 10mph ted shredding as your main stopping method seems sketch.

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    You'd be surprised how well Ted Shredding it usually works. Not as well as having a brake, sure, but it still works pretty good. Its because the tires are so much wider than anything on the road, so there's a lot of contact to help slow you down.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nagrom_ View Post
    because they spin ratios like 25/20
    I know its partly sarcasm, but my BMX bike is set up 25-9, which actually gives me 75 gi. My fixed is barely higher than that at 46-16, or a little over 77 gi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seau grateau View Post
    The brake lever is on the handlebars, so no one can complain about that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seau grateau View Post
    Am I an idiot?
    dunno, maybe not; but i bet you never leave center city to ride your bike to some of the nicer areas of philly and beyond that actually contain hills.

    aside from not being stylish having a brake (or two) on your bike allows you to travel on roads with hills. i challenge any philly rider who thinks they can ride brakeless to come out on a hill loop with me through lower merion. you'll either be dead or have no rear tire left after a one hour loop (or you'll f@ckin amaze me with your skillz cause i just don't see how this loop is possible without using a brake) .
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    Quote Originally Posted by max-a-mill View Post
    dunno, maybe not; but i bet you never leave center city to ride your bike to some of the nicer areas of philly and beyond that actually contain hills.

    aside from not being stylish having a brake (or two) on your bike allows you to travel on roads with hills. i challenge any philly rider who thinks they can ride brakeless to come out on a hill loop with me through lower merion. you'll either be dead or have no rear tire left after a one hour loop (or you'll f@ckin amaze me with your skillz cause i just don't see how this loop is possible without using a brake) .
    I used to commute from Mayfair to Center City every day, but yeah I never really hit any hilly areas. I'm living in LA right now, and my house is right next to a mountain. When I get back I will do your loop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Street rider View Post
    I know its partly sarcasm, but my BMX bike is set up 25-9, which actually gives me 75 gi. My fixed is barely higher than that at 46-16, or a little over 77 gi.
    because your bmx has has 700c's, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by McChinken View Post
    because your bmx has has 700c's, right?
    Prolly.
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