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Brake set up(7 posts)

Brake set upmackgoo
Dec 16, 2001 4:35 PM
I was curious how many have the left brake lever actuate the rear brake?
here's onebn
Dec 17, 2001 5:49 AM
Me Tootriangleforge
Dec 17, 2001 6:22 AM
I'd say if you're mainly planning to ride on the road, leave them with the set up you're used to. If you plan to ride a lot off pavement, it'd be nice to have them reversed, but not essential. I tend to do most of my braking with the front/left brake when riding or racing on the road (and my fixed gear currently has only a front brake w/ left-hand lever), and that habit transfers over nicely to the reversed levers and lower traction conditions off-road.

But if you plan to race cyclocross, you really, really want the rear lever on the left. You will often need to brake into a dismount, and even with a conscious effort to weight your hand on the top tube, the rear wheel is going to try to lift if you're on the front brake. I've done a few practice sessions with my mountain bike (in case I ever need it as a race spare), and it's a real adventure to come into a downhill barrier set with just a front brake.

Yup, but then we all do in the UK nm.muncher.
Dec 17, 2001 5:57 AM
re: Brake set upadventurefind
Dec 17, 2001 7:38 AM
Me, and since I did that, I have all my bikes like that.
I like it the regular wayclimbo
Dec 17, 2001 8:44 AM
If you do it on the fly you can make the back of the bike jump up and on to your shoulder using the front brake left lever combo. That way you don't have to bend down so far to shoulder it. I never have any problems and just don't think I'd get used to it the other way around.
I do. [nm]Ahimsa
Dec 17, 2001 8:06 PM