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How to stop without brakes?

Old 08-26-08, 11:40 PM
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How to stop without brakes?

Ok, so I was riding down Mt. Evans this last weekend (yay, finally did it!), and I realized it would be a pretty bad deal if my brakes failed. Now, I know the likelihood is pretty far off, but what if, just what if it did happen? What if the cables went bum on both at the same time? Or the pads disintegrated?

While very speculative, let's just say it happens...now what? I was thinking I could pinch the front wheel with my feet, but I had some scary moments doing that on a campus bike without brakes in college. Straddle the top tube and put your feet down? That seems full of bad possibilities, too, especially at 50 mph and an alpine switchback up ahead.

So, what the hell do you do?
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Old 08-26-08, 11:42 PM
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Shoe on back tire.
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Old 08-26-08, 11:46 PM
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Old 08-26-08, 11:49 PM
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Old 08-26-08, 11:53 PM
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I've actually had this question myself. I think I would try sticking my foot in the fork like bmx flat land riders do.

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Old 08-26-08, 11:56 PM
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Close your eyes and hope it all works out.
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+1 for ted shred. Sticking your foot behind the front tire is a BAD idea
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Old 08-27-08, 12:07 AM
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You stop with your ass on the ground. Hopefully you can keep sliding on your back with your feet and hands up, so as not to catch one of the errant limbs and start a tumble that can make head or limb injuries worse. On the steep stuff, you'll be lucky if you slam into something on the side of the road before you go off the edge.

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Originally Posted by marqueemoon View Post
Shoe on back tire.
we used to stop our bmx's like that! shoes wore down quick.

i had to do this kind of stop on a fixed gear with no brakes, when the chain broke. with a fender on the bike, it wasn't the fastest stop in the world, but it worked.
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I did have my front brake cable break on a descent. I had just slowed down from about 50 to maybe 20 and was approaching an intersecion. I was able to slow down a little more and make the right turn onto the cross street.
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Old 08-27-08, 12:20 AM
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that's if you're wearing shoes with a rubber bottom right?
wth you gonna do with your carbon plastic bottom shoes that have plastic heels and metal cleats?

I think I'd jam my water bottles between the seat tube and rear wheel.

or jam the frame pump into the rear spokes (because my rear is 32h).
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I would practice the Ted Shred technique on a mellow hill first.
I was bombing a good sized steep hill on my fixed heading into busy traffic, my clip broke, did a panic Ted Shred at a high velocity using my ankle instead of my foot. Long story short, I developed something called Cellulitis in my raw ankle flesh and spent a weekend in the hospital.

(yes, I put a brake on my fixed, threw away my aluminum clips & replaced them with steel & built a road bike since)
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Originally Posted by AEO View Post
that's if you're wearing shoes with a rubber bottom right?
wth you gonna do with your carbon plastic bottom shoes that have plastic heels and metal cleats?
i heard you can put your foot on the left chain-stay, and then put some friction on the tire (w/ your toes i guess). if you just stopped the rear wheel it will make you skid out, and most likely crash anyway.
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I've heard this technique, but have not tried it myself:

If you're facing iminent death, turn your handlebar 90 degrees and watch as your front wheel and fork taco and bend, taking up much of your kinetic energy and sending you into a controlled fall. Remember to land well.
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just thinking about all this is making my stomic turn.

anyhow i think i would start a speed wobble and throw the bike down on its side.
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Jam your frame pump into your front wheel. You'll stop real quick.


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So, what the hell do you do?
Hope my chamois is absorbent?

But I think I would unclip and drag a foot on the ground, then probably go down on my side.
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Originally Posted by Yan View Post
I've heard this technique, but have not tried it myself:

If you're facing iminent death, turn your handlebar 90 degrees and watch as your front wheel and fork taco and bend, taking up much of your kinetic energy and sending you into a controlled fall. Remember to land well.
I doubt the wheel will take much of the kinetic energy. The "controlled fall" is you flying over the handle bars and hitting the road face first at considerable speed.

The upside? You'll probably won't have to shave for some time.
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well, locked rear wheel at least gives you rubber that is slowing you down, then you'd have to lay it down anyways since your butt and feet on the ground are better than ceramic bearings.

I can just smell burnt plastic rubber and flesh thinking about it.
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On really steep rides down a mountain, I just wear a parachute.
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find a post or a wall or a an old lady you can use as a shock absorber....bump road kill!
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headfirst.




I just had this thought the other day, and my answer was to drag one of my feet on the ground or something. That or put my shoe on the front wheel.
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Originally Posted by climbhoser View Post

So, what the hell do you do?
You DIE.

Next question?
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For those who don't know, Mt. Evans is a 14,000' peak in Colorado with a paved road to the top. Sheer drops on one side of the road and ugly talus on the other. You're cookin' pretty comfy at 50 mph flowin' down, but it doesn't ease much until the end of those 14 miles, and even then if you're doing the full bit it's another 14 miles or so of it! I almost had a panic attack thinking about it, and decided I should keep my speed under 30 just in case. It was ridiculous.
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