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Brakes Reversed or not(6 posts)

Brakes Reversed or notozone
Sep 13, 2003 7:57 PM
I am curious how many people have actually reversed the brakes levers on there cross bikes. I seem to have a problem going back and forth between the x-bike and mt bike.
re: Brakes Reversed or notAtombomber
Sep 14, 2003 2:38 PM
Reverse? Like you pull the lever and and the pads move away from the rim? Seems like a very powerful spring would be required to generate enough force to clamp the brakes against the rim to slow the bike/rider down.
If you don't like the reversed (moto style)...TFerguson
Sep 14, 2003 5:36 PM
switch them back. Unless you have hydraulic disk brakes, you just switch the cables back to normal.
re: Brakes Reversed or notDan Cas
Sep 14, 2003 5:45 PM
I've been thinking about doing it,but if I do I'll do it on all bikes.I'm not a serious racer but I do make a donation to the local series and get more than my money's worth of hurt.

I think for me its all the bikes or none.

"two cents" worthjhr
Sep 15, 2003 5:02 AM
I think the theory behind reversing the brakes is sound. The idea is that as you are dismounting (to the left side of the bike) and you reach down with your right hand and grasp the top tube, you can now only brake with your left hand. By going left hand rear you eliminate the possibility of grabbing too hard with your left hand and doing a nose wheelie and/or endo as you are jumping off. The worst you are going to do with left hand rear is skid the rear wheel.

On the other hand, guys who master the left hand front brake can really do some slick moves. You can approach the barrier hot, jump off, lock the front brake (intentionally inducing a nose wheelie) as the rear wheel lifts off the ground (you need to be on the ground by this point) you stab your right arm through the main triangle and you are off and running like a pro. Warning if you mess this move up you will likely flip the bike or nail the barrier with the front wheel. Looks great when done right, laughable when done wrong.

re: Brakes Reversed or notswimbikerunjump
Sep 17, 2003 10:28 AM
Keep your main brakes the same as your other bikes and put a top lever on the left side if you need quick dismount access (ie. 3 brake levers). That way you wont be doing a surprise endo on either bike