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Which levers to front/left brakes?

Old 07-20-11, 12:56 PM
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Which levers to front/left brakes?

According to Sheldon:
"In the U.S.A., de-facto government regulation has made left-front [brakes] all but compulsory for new bikes to be sold."

Really? My 90's era Trek 1100 and my De Rosa Idol both came to me with Right-Rear arrangement. I thought this was a universal setup, but maybe I'm actually in the minority. Certainly, this something important to specify when having a bike built.

POLL: What is your brakes setup?
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Originally Posted by lesiz View Post
According to Sheldon:
"In the U.S.A., de-facto government regulation has made left-front [brakes] all but compulsory for new bikes to be sold."

Read what Sheldon said again. (You might want to consult a dictionary if you don't know what all the words mean.)

He does suggest the desirability (for some riders) of switching the right lever cabling so that it activates the front brake, but I believe all bikes come standard with the right-rear/left-front arrangement. Manufacturers and dealers don't want some newb doing an endo when they jam on the right lever.

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I have a right front brake configuration. Just out of motorcycle habits. It makes more sense to me.
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Originally Posted by lesiz View Post
According to Sheldon:
"In the U.S.A., de-facto government regulation has made left-front [brakes] all but compulsory for new bikes to be sold."

Really? My 90's era Trek 1100 and my De Rosa Idol both came to me with Right-Rear arrangement. I thought this was a universal setup, but maybe I'm actually in the minority. Certainly, this something important to specify when having a bike built.

POLL: What is your brakes setup?
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Old 07-20-11, 01:50 PM
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Maybe this will help.
https://www.shopping.com/WebUndies-Le...r-boys-3T/info
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Originally Posted by lesiz View Post
According to Sheldon:
"In the U.S.A., de-facto government regulation has made left-front [brakes] all but compulsory for new bikes to be sold."

Really? My 90's era Trek 1100 and my De Rosa Idol both came to me with Right-Rear arrangement. I thought this was a universal setup, but maybe I'm actually in the minority. Certainly, this something important to specify when having a bike built.

POLL: What is your brakes setup?
I'm confused by your post. Left front is right rear. Looks like what Sheldon said and what you have is the same. The only thing you would need to spec is if you wanted it reversed.

To answer your question
Left front
Right rear
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Old 07-20-11, 03:07 PM
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Originally Posted by tagaproject6 View Post
I have a right front brake configuration. Just out of motorcycle habits. It makes more sense to me.
Yup, same here.
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Old 07-20-11, 04:24 PM
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On the bicycle it's left front, right rear. My main mode of transportaion is a Harley. I've never had an issue with the brake lever positions on each machine being absolutely automatic for my brain. My brain knows which one I'm on and adjusts without thought.
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I think to op setup is kick back on the pedal to stop the rear break.


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In the UK it is always the right lever that operates the front brake. I guess it is because we drive on the left, but I think it makes sense as a default position as in my view you want the most important brake operated by your stronger hand.
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Put brain in gear prior to posting. What can I say?? I like the "kick back on pedal to stop rear brake". That's how I learned to ride in 1953.
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Originally Posted by lesiz View Post
According to Sheldon:
"In the U.S.A., de-facto government regulation has made left-front [brakes] all but compulsory for new bikes to be sold."
The CPSC bicycle regulations require the left lever to be connected to the front brake unless the purchaser specifies otherwise.

Really? My 90's era Trek 1100 and my De Rosa Idol both came to me with Right-Rear arrangement. I thought this was a universal setup, but maybe I'm actually in the minority. Certainly, this something important to specify when having a bike built.

POLL: What is your brakes setup?
Front brake on right.
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Old 08-06-12, 08:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Drew Eckhardt View Post
Front brake on right.
This
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Old 08-07-12, 06:27 AM
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Originally Posted by SoonerBent View Post
On the bicycle it's left front, right rear. My main mode of transportaion is a Harley. I've never had an issue with the brake lever positions on each machine being absolutely automatic for my brain. My brain knows which one I'm on and adjusts without thought.
+1

Even after spending over 40 years riding both bicycles and motorcycles, I don't think I have ever confused the two.

Bicycles: right-rear, left-front on all.
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Old 08-07-12, 08:14 AM
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Originally Posted by lesiz View Post
Put brain in gear prior to posting. What can I say?? I like the "kick back on pedal to stop rear brake". That's how I learned to ride in 1953.
Put brain in gear prior to digging up old thread that has been more than adequately answered.
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Originally Posted by canam73 View Post
Put brain in gear prior to digging up old thread that has been more than adequately answered.
Maybe he revived it because newer members were not here to take part in the earlier discussions or other threads. How many "Who uses a Road ID?" or "Whats up with SS and FG bike?" or "Clipless pedals?" threads do we need? As many as necessary for each Forum member to get answers to their questions whether they have just joined or been members for years. Lighten up.
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Originally Posted by Stealthammer View Post
Maybe he revived it because newer members were not here to take part in the earlier discussions or other threads. How many "Who uses a Road ID?" or "Whats up with SS and FG bike?" or "Clipless pedals?" threads do we need? As many as necessary for each Forum member to get answers to their questions whether they have just joined or been members for years. Lighten up.
Read lesiz quote again. He/she dug up the thread specifically to post a demeaning comment, no pertinent info was given. I'm not the one who needs to lighten up. In fact, I found it amusing that somebody trying to insult the intelligence of others did so in a zombie thread.
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Now if you all look even closer you will see that the person he is "demeaning" is the OP which is actually himself. I think he was admitting that he screwed up.
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Now if you all look even closer you will see that the person he is "demeaning" is the OP which is actually himself. I think he was admitting that he screwed up.
Dang, you good. They should make you a moderator.
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Dang, you good. They should make you a moderator.
Why would you curse me like that?
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