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Front Brake Lever-Right or Left?

Old 08-17-09, 10:44 PM
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Front Brake Lever-Right or Left?

So I think MOST of you (I could be wrong) have front brakes riding on your SS/FG. But I see most levers for front brakes go on the left handlebars, like most bikes with front and rear brakes. So I'm just wondering how many of you switch the lever to the right just so it's more convenient? Or am I just whack for even having this idea?
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Old 08-17-09, 10:46 PM
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Old 08-17-09, 10:48 PM
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front brake on the right is common on bicycles in the UK and on motorcycles everywhere. So it's not izzacly wack.
I got no levers on my ss, so can't answer that question.
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Old 08-17-09, 11:03 PM
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Since you'll only have one brake, make it your dominate hand.
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Old 08-17-09, 11:07 PM
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My right hand is the dominant one so I put the brake there because it's more comfortable. Also I believe I would probably react faster with my dominant hand. Besides, you're supposed to use your left hand for signaling, not that anyone in the SSFG forum is lame enough to do that.
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Old 08-17-09, 11:08 PM
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Can't stand front brake on the left when signaling. Flip 'em!
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Old 08-17-09, 11:16 PM
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Left, because I don't have a motorcycle, and it makes for easier transitions between the FG and other bikes.
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Old 08-17-09, 11:49 PM
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your ****ing choice ******.
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Old 08-18-09, 12:19 AM
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your ****ing choice ******.
I think you beat patricky in the coolness factor.
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Old 08-18-09, 12:25 AM
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I think so too.
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I think you beat patricky in the coolness factor.
You say that like it's a good thing.
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Old 08-18-09, 12:43 AM
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i dunno how much i like patricky now that he can type a coherent sentence
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Old 08-18-09, 02:43 AM
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https://www.tritoncycles.co.uk/produc...rakes_-_Levers

Well you can have a break lever on each side without looking excessively ugly. So everyone can be happy. ... Actually I might go for it if I can get a hand on it second hand. Too expensive you see?

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Old 08-18-09, 03:37 AM
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I just leave it loose flopping off the frame. I reach down and grab it if I need it.

but seriously, if you're only using 1 lever make it your dominant hand.
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Old 08-18-09, 04:21 AM
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Of the last three bikes that I bought, two had the front brake on the left and the other on the right. The one with the brake on the right was assembled and set up by a "lefty".
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Old 08-18-09, 05:03 AM
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i am gonna install brakes on my track bike when it arrives. i am thinking right as well, for the left hand to be free to signal and for my dominate hand to brake.
vote was almost dead even until i voted though 19-18.
i guess there is no legit answer huh?
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Old 08-18-09, 07:26 AM
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I put mine on the left side of the stem, but facing so my right hand can grab it. It's centered in my bars.
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Originally Posted by Mattpatt View Post
Since you'll only have one brake, make it your dominate hand.
That's the reason why I have the lever on the right.
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Originally Posted by xxguitarist View Post
Left, because I don't have a motorcycle, and it makes for easier transitions between the FG and other bikes.

Right because I do have a motorcycle and every front brake has to be on the same side r pain will ensue
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Originally Posted by sanderswm View Post
not that anyone in the SSFG forum is lame enough to do that.
brakes, helmet, signaling. damn, I need to start getting less lame
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Old 08-18-09, 09:05 AM
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Mine is on the right.
No idea why. When I built it, I just put it there without thought.

Possibly because my BMX had it's one and only brake on the right.

Current = right - 23; left - 22
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Old 08-18-09, 09:27 AM
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I have bikes set up both ways. Makes no difference to me.
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Anyone here run one of these?

And did he set it up wrong?

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Old 08-18-09, 10:49 AM
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Originally Posted by oeuf View Post
Anyone here run one of these?

And did he set it up wrong?
no I don't own one its on the correct side but it's upside down the long handle is supposed to go in front of the stem
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