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Old 10-18-10, 08:37 AM
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Completely brakeless bike!

This weekend, I saw a guy riding a completely brakeless bike in traffic. As I first approached him, I saw his bike had track style bars and not brakes so I figured just another fixie rider. But then I look at the rear wheel and he has a derailleur!? So no brakes at all, not even backpedalling. I then proceeded to watch him coast to a stop at a bridge that was up. Unbelievable.

New hispster craze or just stupidity (or both)?
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Originally Posted by San Rensho View Post
This weekend, I saw a guy riding a completely brakeless bike in traffic. As I first approached him, I saw his bike had track style bars and not brakes so I figured just another fixie rider. But then I look at the rear wheel and he has a derailleur!? So no brakes at all, not even backpedalling. I then proceeded to watch him coast to a stop at a bridge that was up. Unbelievable.

New hispster craze or just stupidity (or both)?
You say that like there is a difference.
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I saw what I first thought was a fixie in a local art gallery... I approached it thinking it was an art display, but there were no placards or anything. I asked about it and was told it was the bike of one of the attendees. She said she rides it everywhere. I commented, "oh, fixie?" She said, no, freewheel." There were no brakes.

Must be some new suicide trend.
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Old 10-18-10, 09:50 AM
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Saw a guy yesterday using their fred flintstone brakes approaching a trail/road crossing.

Brakes have to be cheaper then new shoes.
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Old 10-18-10, 09:53 AM
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I guess they never go faster than like 3 mph.....
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Originally Posted by San Rensho View Post
This weekend, I saw a guy riding a completely brakeless bike in traffic. As I first approached him, I saw his bike had track style bars and not brakes so I figured just another fixie rider. But then I look at the rear wheel and he has a derailleur!? So no brakes at all, not even backpedalling. I then proceeded to watch him coast to a stop at a bridge that was up. Unbelievable.

New hispster craze or just stupidity (or both)?
That's been around for a while..

If riding a track bike with no brakes gets people all riled up, then surely a freewheel bike with no brakes will blow peoples' heads right off!

This is basically about getting a rise out of A&S-type people, which, I must admit, does provide some entertainment.
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Old 10-18-10, 11:55 AM
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I have heard of this. It probably merits a call to the police non-emergency number to make sure the EMT's have the ambulance warmed up.
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Old 10-18-10, 12:58 PM
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They might have a coaster brake? Also you can brake by pressing your shoe against the tire rim/sidewall.
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Old 10-18-10, 01:04 PM
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Originally Posted by San Rensho View Post
This weekend, I saw a guy riding a completely brakeless bike in traffic. As I first approached him, I saw his bike had track style bars and not brakes so I figured just another fixie rider. But then I look at the rear wheel and he has a derailleur!? So no brakes at all, not even backpedalling. I then proceeded to watch him coast to a stop at a bridge that was up. Unbelievable.

New hispster craze or just stupidity (or both)?
Did you look to see if the hub was braced against the frame. If so he had a coaster brake.
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Old 10-18-10, 01:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Sir Bikesalot View Post
They might have a coaster brake? Also you can brake by pressing your shoe against the tire rim/sidewall.
Not with a derailleur, it would rip it right off the hanger.
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Old 10-18-10, 01:16 PM
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Originally Posted by San Rensho View Post
"They might have a coaster brake? Also you can brake by pressing your shoe against the tire rim/sidewall."

Not with a derailleur, it would rip it right off the hanger.
Why? A decent coaster brake can make the rear wheel skid with only rather modest back pressure through the chain. But I presume that the hub had either a freewheel or cassette to go along with the derailleur. Finding a coaster brake hub that also accepts a freewheel/cassette is likely to be a challenge.
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Old 10-18-10, 01:23 PM
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Shimano makes a coaster brake hub that meant for single speed bikes. The brake arm may have been obscured so you did not see it.

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/singlespeed.html
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Old 10-18-10, 01:25 PM
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Originally Posted by genec View Post
She said she rides it everywhere. I commented, "oh, fixie?" She said, no, freewheel." There were no brakes.
Missed opportunity! You should have taken the time to ask her how she stops!
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Originally Posted by Sir Bikesalot View Post
They might have a coaster brake?
That's a "fauxie".

I love fixed gear brakeless hand-wringing.

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What will they if they encounter a downhill road?
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Originally Posted by vol View Post
What will they if they encounter a downhill road?
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What will they if they encounter a downhill road?
They will bomb it with great abandon and carefree youthfulness, then come to a graceful skidding halt...under a pickup truck. But what a ride!
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What will they if they encounter a downhill road?
Shoe onto the tire infront of the seat-stay. I had a friend when I was young (I lived in the ghetto) that stopped like that. Only to be used by those who value risk taking more than their own life, not that there's anything wrong with that.
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Originally Posted by MilitantPotato View Post
Shoe onto the tire infront of the seat-stay. I had a friend when I was young (I lived in the ghetto) that stopped like that. Only to be used by those who value risk taking more than their own life, not that there's anything wrong with that.
Until they slam into you
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Originally Posted by MilitantPotato View Post
Shoe onto the tire infront of the seat-stay. I had a friend when I was young (I lived in the ghetto) that stopped like that. Only to be used by those who value risk taking more than their own life, not that there's anything wrong with that.
I always stuck my foot behind the seat stay. It got me stopped, but it also stabbed my foot with the bolt the for the brake that had been rendered useless when teh brake cable snapped. Craptacular brake cables from the local hardware store only lasted about two weeks. I was so happy, when I was finally able to mail order a good set of brakes. (caliper, lever, and good cable)

To this day, I'm kind of anal about how well my brakes work.
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Originally Posted by geo8rge View Post
Shimano makes a coaster brake hub that meant for single speed bikes. The brake arm may have been obscured so you did not see it.

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/singlespeed.html
I repeat, I clearly saw a derailleur on it. You cannot put a coaster brake on a der because it will rip the der off the der hanger.
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My take on brakeless fixies: You could really increase the useful life of your back tire by adding a front brake and skidding less.
My take on brakeless freewheels: You really could increase your useful life...........
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Originally Posted by San Rensho View Post
I repeat, I clearly saw a derailleur on it. You cannot put a coaster brake on a der because it will rip the der off the der hanger.
Its more the derailer can't maintain tension when backpedaling. I don't think you would rip it off the hanger, it just wouldn't work well at all with a coaster brake.
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