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Steamroller question....(4 posts)

Steamroller question....unclefuzzy_ss
Feb 5, 2003 8:15 PM
I was just lucky enough to trade a 29" mtb for a Surly Steamroller with some fun looking parts (phil and DA hubs!) Thing is, I'm a rookie at this fixxy thing(read chickensh!t) and am not too sure about running w/o a rear caliper. My LBS owner has got one a these with a mounting hole for fenders in the bridge tween the stays. Seems to me that you could mount a caliper in there, right? I know there's no stops for cables, that what zip ties are for. Any one try this?

rear fixed gear brakeTig
Feb 6, 2003 6:33 AM
Most people riding fixed gear don't even bother with a rear brake. It serves little purpose in slowing or stopping since you can control the rear wheel with the cranks. Some even consider it dangerous. Here's a past discussion on the brakes subject:

Not owning one, I can't help you with the Steamroller question too much. However, as long as the brake bridge has a caliper mounting hole, you can use one there. The cable can be zip-tied to the top tube. If you later find out you use the front brake enough to not need the back brake, simply remove it and keep the brake hood on the handle bar.
re: Steamroller question....JS Haiku Shop
Feb 6, 2003 8:43 AM
I have front and rear calipers on my '01 steamroller. and yes, zipties for the rear brake cable/housing. good luck.
don't do itctisevn
Feb 6, 2003 9:08 AM
don't sully your newly acquired steed. Ive yet to have encountered a situation where a rear brake would have been of benefit. I use front only on mine and ,while few recommend it, I removed the frt brake as well while I was running cyclocross tires on it for the winter. frt brake is going back on though, I picked up a kona kaboom ss mtn bike for the winter miles as I hated seeing my surly get road salt caked on.
sounds like a nice build you've got, post a pic.