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possible to stop w/o clips and calipers?

Old 09-19-08, 11:17 PM
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possible to stop w/o clips and calipers?

ive heard yeses
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Old 09-19-08, 11:20 PM
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Old 09-19-08, 11:22 PM
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Yeah..... just takes a mile or two.
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Old 09-19-08, 11:31 PM
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yeah. when i started out fixed i did that. took sooo long to stop just using the pressure against the pedals. (yes i did have a brake)
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Old 09-19-08, 11:31 PM
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Or thighs the size of thanksgiving turkey.
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Old 09-19-08, 11:52 PM
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When I first built my fixie I didn't have clips and it was very difficult to stop without the brakes (still had them on, just trying to do it without them was hard.) Put clips/straps on it and it was like night and day, much more control.
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Old 09-20-08, 12:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Gambutrol View Post
ted shred.
Was gonna say the same thing
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Old 09-20-08, 02:12 AM
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I have a couple friends who ride around brakeless with BMX pedals and no clips. They're really good at bikes, though. Some folks can do it, most shouldn't.
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you could skid stop with one foot basically.

or you could put one foot underneath one pedal to pull up to skid.

but then again, that's why they made clips
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Old 09-20-08, 02:26 AM
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You'll stop very quickly when you ram into an immovable object.
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If "stopping" is defined as a gradual downward trend in speed until such time as one is no longer moving, then yes.
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Old 09-20-08, 07:43 AM
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Jamaican skidding!

I wouldn't recommend it, but you basically skid with one foot underneath the front pedal. It's a good skill to have even with clips, incase of some sort of malfunction or whatever. It can hurt if you're rocking vans/converse a little, but it's kinda fun.

I used to do it when biking from class to class (I had clipless pedals and would put em in my bag when I got to campus and didn't want to put em back on for the short trips to class). Actually, I never had to stop that quickly because I'd ride slowly and pay attention. (I do have a brake I just never use it)
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Old 09-22-08, 10:32 PM
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i have clips but i've seen noobies too cool without callipers and too poor to afford clips
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Emergency use only.
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Originally Posted by ADSR View Post
I have a couple friends who ride around brakeless with BMX pedals and no clips. They're really good at bikes, though. Some folks can do it, most shouldn't.
im really good at bikes. and english.
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Old 09-23-08, 07:12 AM
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Emergency use only.
I lolz'd
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Old 09-23-08, 07:13 AM
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