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Brakes - tell me why...

Old 09-27-13, 11:06 AM
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Brakes - tell me why...

I'm a cool old guy that rides FG. Been doing FG for about six weeks (I'm a rookie). Totally impressed with it. Such a beautiful, simple thing. Built my bike on an old 4130 frame. Took the advice of this forum and put on front and rear brakes. So tell me why most FG's that have brakes only have one and have it on the front. Thx. Bike for Peace!!!
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you can slow down the rear with your legs, brake the front with your hands. like having two brakes (almost) and its cleaner than running a long cable down a nice simple frame
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Even with two brakes on you will find 2 things to be the case. #1 the vast majority of your braking power comes from the front brake. #2 most of your speed control will eventually be done by your legs rather than the brakes. Take those two factors together and rear brakes are generally unnecessary for experienced riders on a fixed gear bike.
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The two posts above me sums it up.

I thought this was going to be a "BRAKES MAN WHY" thread and came to troll.
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Originally Posted by JoeMcGinty
I'm a cool old guy
not if you say you are
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I'm a totally uncool old guy.
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I'm a reckless old bastard. Brakes are for sissies whose girlfreinds won't let them grow beards.
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https://sheldonbrown.com/brakturn.html
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Originally Posted by Scrodzilla
I'm a reckless old bastard. Brakes are for sissies whose girlfreinds won't let them grow beards.
I have a wife, a front brake and a beard. Not sure where I fit in
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I run fixed with a front and rear brake. You see... I ride hard... son.... and occasional **** gets a little sketchy when i'm breaking strava records, splitting lanes, or racing trains, and therefore front and rear brake.

No beard, huge chops, and the beautiful long hair of a lady. The gf complains of the hair... meh.
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i use breaks because im lazy
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i use breaks because im lazy
That too.
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two brakes a girlfriend and a goatee I guess the brakes are the only thing I'm committed to
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Front brake only, single, enjoys long walks, coffee and IPAs.
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Originally Posted by RaleighSport
two brakes a girlfriend and a goatee I guess the brakes are the only thing I'm committed to
This guy has the right attitude.
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Do you like pina coladas? And getting caught in the rain?
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Originally Posted by seau grateau
Front brake only, single, enjoys long walks, coffee and IPAs.
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Originally Posted by seau grateau
Front brake only, single, enjoys long walks, coffee and IPAs.
Originally Posted by TMonk
pm'd

The first SSFG dating thread.
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Originally Posted by gregjones
The first SSFG dating thread.
until TMonk realizes it's seau not Sue
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Originally Posted by Scrodzilla
I'm a reckless old bastard. Brakes are for sissies whose girlfreinds won't let them grow beards.
This bromance will never work out.
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Originally Posted by Scrodzilla
I'm a reckless old bastard. Brakes are for sissies whose girlfreinds won't let them grow beards.
God Dammit man, I just shaved mine off yesterday because the wife requested it. (was her birthday, had to give a little).

I'm so whipped
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Originally Posted by RaleighSport
until TMonk realizes it's seau not Sue
i take it back.

are we playing with take-backs???
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