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I'm interested, which side do you have your front brake?

Old 09-21-11, 03:28 PM
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I'm interested, which side do you have your front brake?

I've always had my front brake on the left side of the bars. My new bike came with the levers swapped around. I'm getting used to it this way but just curious to see how many others have it set up this way.

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What manufacturer switched it up on you? Is it the way the shop built it? There've been other threads on this and the "standard" is left but plenty of people, especially motorcyclists, like to set up the right side for the front. I've never set any bike up to be right/front.

oh yeah..."brake", not "break".
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right-front, it just feels right
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Thanks for the correction. I was wondering if it was a European thing. Got the bike in the UK from Wiggle. I was going to have it swapped but I kind of like it on the right.
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Right front, like my motorcycles. Adjust to your liking.
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Iv never heard of front brakes set up on the right side of the bike... on motorcycles or bicycles.
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Originally Posted by Cpt.America View Post
Iv never heard of front brakes set up on the right side of the bike... on motorcycles or bicycles.
Have you operated a motorcycle?
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Usually, the only time people do it is for cyclocross where bikers dismount to the left and so have the left brake hooked up to the rear so that they can modulate speed.
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Originally Posted by Cpt.America View Post
Iv never heard of front brakes set up on the right side of the bike... on motorcycles or bicycles.
Wut. Left side is clutch on motorcycles, right side is front brake.
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My front brake is controlled by my right lever. I have more control with my right hand so this just made more sense IMO.
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It generally follows that countries that drive on left have the front brake on the right so it's not a Euro thing as such. I have it on the right and that's what I am used too, but I also like having my primary brake in my strongest hand.
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Left side when I ride in the Northern Hemisphere. Right in the Southern.

Edit: (I have one bike set up right front - the cable routing worked/looked better).
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This is very confusing.
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You get a better cable line (IMO) with the front brake on the left hand side. Since the front brake is stronger it makes sense to have a straighter cable on the front, feels like it works better.
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Left. If I got used to it on the right side (I don't ride a motorcycle, so it'd be for grins), test riding other bikes would be pretty exciting...!
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On the left.
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I set up my bicycles like my motorcycles for years because I thought jumping back and forth would confuse me, then I setup up my bicycles to be more standard for bicycles and found out that I never got confused at all. I guess it really doesn't matter as long as you remember what you are riding...
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im a lefty so its on my left
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i put mine in the middle
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Left on bicycles.

Right on motorcycles.

I'm so used to this that it's automatic. Switching to right front on a bicycle would be so weird!
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To tell you the truth I have no idea. I am gonna go check right now....



it's on the left. I can't believe I didn't know after almost 5000miles.
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Left front. I raced motocross for 6+ and rode dirt bikes for 10+. I have no problem swapping between
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Originally Posted by tagaproject6 View Post
Right front, like my motorcycles. Adjust to your liking.
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All motorcycles come this way. Clutch left, front brake right.
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If you ride north, then the front brake should be on your left, but if you mostly ride south, then the front brake should be on the right.
It only makes sense!
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Originally Posted by EdIsMe View Post
My front brake is controlled by my right lever. I have more control with my right hand so this just made more sense IMO.
I think that I'm with you. It does feel like I have more control with my right hand. That settles it, I'm keeping it this way.
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