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Front brake - left or right?

Old 09-09-03, 10:26 AM
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Front brake - left or right?

It seems that English shops set up the front brake on the right lever, whilst American shops have it on the left. I prefer the latter, so after much fiddling and faffing trying to get the levers off and the cables out, I made the switch. It's very annoying having to change them over every time I buy a new bike (not that I do very often), and I don't even know why I like it that way.

What's your preference?
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Old 09-09-03, 10:32 AM
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I guess I'm just used to the UK way
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Right side. You can signal and brake this way. Plus it's how motorcycles are usually set up.
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Old 09-09-03, 10:44 AM
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I was told that all bikes in America the right side was for the rear. Just to confuse us old MC riders.

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Like the UK, in Japan, front brake, right lever. I would imagine the rest of the Orient is the same.

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It doesnt matter a bit to me. I use them both,, all the time. Just as I did on my MC.
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My front brake is on the right, so I can brake with the strongest brake and do two-thirds of my signals at the same time (left turn and stop).

Main reason for me, though, is that I use the front brake the most on both road and mountain bike, so it feels better to me when it's on my stronger (right) hand.

My commuter was bought in Australia, so had this setup anyway. Confused the heck out of myself the first time I test-rode a bike in the US though!
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I set my bikes up with the brake lever on the right side, I'm right handed so feels more natural to me. MTB was more of a pain to switch since even the brakes are really designed for the lever to be on the left side so I had to tear abart the brake piece on top (don't know the name) and reverse the noodle.
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I forgot to mention, I'm left handed, which may be why I like it on the left.
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Brakes? Huh?
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People seem to make the mistake of confusing their dominant hand with their strongest hand. If you're right-handed, chances are your left hand is stronger. Not that strength is the main factor when it comes to braking, or at least I would assume, motor skills ought to be more critical in this respect.

Myself, I use the left hand as front brake, not saying it's the best but it works well, I would think it's a matter of habit and muscle memory. The shifting lever most frequently used is on the right side, so it might be a good idea to have the main brake on the other side.

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Cable routing is better from the left. This really annoys us people in right sided countries.
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Left hand, front derailleur, front brake
Right hand, rear derailleur, rear brake
Logical association, who'd a thunk

12 years old how do they find them

20 points for @Tickstart

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Like I've said before, it's like a thread took a long nap – and then 'BOOM!' - it wakes up to find it has grown a long beard and all its friends are dead.
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Exactly correct. Front brake, either left or right. You choose.
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Like I've said before, it's like a thread took a long nap – and then 'BOOM!' - it wakes up to find it has grown a long beard and all its friends are dead.
What happened to all of the posters. Something died over the years. I can see why Newbies pull stuff from the past.
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Originally Posted by Pirkaus View Post
Left hand, front derailleur, front brake
Right hand, rear derailleur, rear brake
Logical association, who'd a thunk

12 years old how do they find them

20 points for @Tickstart
A gross oversimplification... But it is as good as any other explanation. Just not the one I adhere to.
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Originally Posted by Tickstart View Post
People seem to make the mistake of confusing their dominant hand with their strongest hand. If you're right-handed, chances are your left hand is stronger. Not that strength is the main factor when it comes to braking, or at least I would assume, motor skills ought to be more critical in this respect.

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I'm guessing most people have it correct. Physical therapists and bio-mechanical studies will prove your opinion wrong over and again.
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I think zombie thread is an understatement...This thread has rotted, gotten buried into the ground, been covered in dirt for thousands of years, turned into oil, drilled out, and used as gasoline >_<
I took the poll anyway.
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A gross oversimplification... But it is as good as any other explanation. Just not the one I adhere to.
Please provide the complete explanation. Include footnotes and a bibliography.
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Please provide the complete explanation. Include footnotes and a bibliography.
Complete explanation: I like front brake lever on the right. Also the cable arrangement around the head tube is neater that way. What more could you need to know?
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Complete explanation: I like front brake lever on the right. Also the cable arrangement around the head tube is neater that way. What more could you need to know?
Nothing. It's just that you made it sound like you had so much more to say.
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