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Old 01-06-23, 07:13 AM
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Anyone else keeping their rim brake frames ?

Maybe I'm just cheap and won't pay the price but I don't get paid to ride so I'm keeping my rim brakes. Anyone else out there or am I just an old fossil ?
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Old 01-06-23, 07:19 AM
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Rim brakes have worked for a long time. Disc are more efficient - something I didn't believe until I rode a disc equipped bike.
My carbon fiber, Di2 equipped rim brake bike now sits on my indoor trainer for the winter season. I ride my new carbon fiber, AXS equipped disc brake bike on the road.
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Old 01-06-23, 07:35 AM
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Yes, to the OP.
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Old 01-06-23, 07:37 AM
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I recently rode about 40 miles on errands on a hydraulic disk brake bike and it is an improvement in modulation and control.

However the improvement is not enough to motivate me to replace any currently serviceable bikes.
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Old 01-06-23, 07:38 AM
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We don't need no steenkin' disc brakes
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Old 01-06-23, 07:47 AM
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I have two bikes with disc brakes and one with rim brakes. I enjoy riding my rim brakes bike as much as my disc brakes bikes. I see nothing wromg with properly adjusted rim brakes. The only advantages of disc brakes is they prevent rim wear.
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Old 01-06-23, 07:53 AM
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Originally Posted by wolfchild
The only advantages of disc brakes is they prevent rim wear.
Incorrect. They also allow the easier use of wider tires, and are especially convenient on fendered bikes. Additionally, good disc brakes meaning hydraulic provide more power with less effort, which is important to some riders who live in very hilly/mountainous areas.

With all of that said, Im not getting rid of my rim brake bikes anytime soon.
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Old 01-06-23, 08:05 AM
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Originally Posted by drz400
Maybe I'm just cheap and won't pay the price but I don't get paid to ride so I'm keeping my rim brakes. Anyone else out there or am I just an old fossil ?
If I had a bike I really liked that happened to have rim brakes then I would keep it. But I don't usually compare bikes entirely by their brake type. I tend to take a much wider view when considering a new bike. Disc brakes are just one of many reasons why I might change bikes.
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Old 01-06-23, 08:08 AM
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I love my disc brakes on my 29er MTB, but I still have several rim brake equipt bikes that I ride and like. I probably will never buy a new bike with rim brakes though.
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Old 01-06-23, 08:22 AM
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Originally Posted by staehpj1
I I probably will never buy a new bike with rim brakes though.
I was thinkimg of getting anothet rim brakes bike but I worry that rim brakes will become obsolete and there will be no parts for them. Majority of new bikes sold have discs.
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Old 01-06-23, 08:30 AM
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My rim brake road bike has served me well and I'm not in the market for another bike anytime soon. No need here.
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Old 01-06-23, 08:31 AM
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I have multiple bikes. The only one that is disc-brake only is my fatbike, because rim brake fatbikes were never really a thing.

I am planning a long(for me) tour for later in the year and the bike I am probably taking will be equipped with disc brakes, but the frame and fork are older and have canti bosses as well as disc tabs, and the rims are rim brake compatible - should anything go wrong that requires a change of brakes or wheels I will be fully capable of quickly swapping to rim brakes if that is the best option at the time.
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Old 01-06-23, 08:42 AM
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Why would you replace a bike just because it has unfashionable brakes?
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I've added a bike this year. used to have 2 w/ rim brakes & 1 w/ disc. now the rim brakes are outnumbered 2:1. took the road bike out a cpl nites ago, in wet weather & had to remind myself I didn't have the discs. it was disappointing. not until I rode w/ disc brakes & then w/ better disc brakes, did I realize what I was missing. I still browse craigslist ...
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Old 01-06-23, 08:44 AM
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson
Why would you replace a bike just because it has unfashionable brakes?
yeah I'm not running out to do that. but when it's time to replace & if I have a choice ... then yeah, I think I'll move on from a road bike w/ rim brakes
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Old 01-06-23, 08:48 AM
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I have a Cannondale road bike with rim brakes. Her name is Candy. I enjoy riding her.
I have a gravel bike with disc brakes. Her name is Shef. I enjoy riding her too.
I have a titanium endurance bike with disc brakes. Her name is Titty. I really enjoy riding her.
I'm about to offer a home to an elderly steel Condor with rim brakes. I havent thought of a name for her (yet), and I'll only take her outside when the weather is clement.

For me - brakes are not the most important criterion, provided they work. I share my time between the plains and the hills. I ride my girls in both environments.

I dont think I'll ever ride a bike with a boy's name ;-)
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I see no reason to get rid of a perfectly good and comfortable riding bicycle (or bicycles) just because there's a new braking system out there. If I can't ride with the cool kids because I don't have the latest disc brake technology, then so be it.

I'll wait for the next brake-thru in bicycle braking technology. Maybe a magnetic system based on a blended composite of carbon fiber & metal alloys rims incorporating some type of accident avoiding technology that produces more braking power than what you can achieve by squeezing a brake lever (kind of a 'fusion reaction' between the lever and brake caliper)?
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Old 01-06-23, 09:14 AM
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I have lots of bikes and the one with the best brakes has rim brakes (Ultegra circa 2016, Ksyrium Elite wheels). They are almost too good. I have to be careful. I have bikes with hydraulic and cable discs.
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Old 01-06-23, 09:15 AM
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Of course I'm keeping my rim-brake bike! Why would I want to ride anything with heavier components? If I wanted more weight, I could add a kick stand.
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My Ultegra 6800 rim brakes work great compared to the Tektros it replaced.
On the other hand, my Deore 4 pistons brakes work great on my 29er.
Both have their purpose.
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Old 01-06-23, 09:36 AM
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Rim brakes have always worked fine for me both off road and touring fully loaded with cantilevers and even cheap center and side pulls work fine for me on road bikes. I see no reason to switch. I don't even buy the expensive shoes for them- just grind the old ones down to fresh rubber once in a while.
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Old 01-06-23, 09:49 AM
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My bikes are fine. If I need to change something I'll put on a new chain, cables, and (visible to the naked eye) bar tape.
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson
Why would you replace a bike just because it has unfashionable brakes?
......because cycling has become a fashion industry. If you don't follow the latest trends you will be looked down upon and not considered a serious cyclist.
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Originally Posted by wolfchild
......because cycling has become a fashion industry. If you don't follow the latest trends you will be looked down upon and not considered a serious cyclist.
So true. The simple life of just riding your bike is gone. I'd post the Performance video also (what replaced it), but that used to be a bannable offense.

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Old 01-06-23, 10:20 AM
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Originally Posted by seypat
So true. The simple life of just riding your bike is gone.

Not if you step away from the Internet and those who shape their lives around its content. There are plenty of "just for fun" rides and riders, and lots of happy folks enjoying their low-tech bicycles out there in the real world. Anyone concerned with whether they are perceived as a "serious cyclist" deserves to remain in the perpetual high school they've created.
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