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How many of you fixed riders actually use your brake(s)?(17 posts)

How many of you fixed riders actually use your brake(s)?jtferraro
Jan 9, 2004 10:44 AM
My fixie has only a front brake and I don't use it unless I'm in trouble (i.e. car suddenly turns in front of me or a traffic light changes and I don't think I can stop in time without using the brake). I know this is more taxing on the knees but with a 42 x 16 I don't think it's all that bad. My left knee (the one I had surgery on 10 months ago) sometimes feels a little strained when I initially arrive back home but that feeling subsides fairly quickly.


Jan 9, 2004 10:54 AM
Use them to stop and slow down steep hills.
it depends on the ride I'm doingcmgauch
Jan 9, 2004 11:05 AM
If I'm heading out with an agenda that I need to conserve energy for (ie: a long ride, attacking some nasty hill or riding with some strong riders on geared bikes) I force myself to use my brake for slowing all the time. My reasoning is that if I do this right from the beginning of the ride, I give myself the best chance that my legs will be there for me when I need them later.

Otherwise, I avoid the brake until I feel too tired to brake effectively. Barring emergencies, of course.

I won't say I never have discomfort in my knees, but it's pretty minimal.
makes sense...jtferraro
Jan 9, 2004 1:00 PM
I haven't done any rides longer than 40 miles yet but I think I'd subscribe to your plan if I ever do a fixed century, a group ride, or a course that I knew was particularly hilly.

stopping on hills, yeslaffeaux
Jan 9, 2004 11:41 AM
I often commute on my fixed gear, and for red lights on hills, I use the brakes (I have both front and rear on a converted road bike). Generally on the flats I do not use them unless I'm lazy.

There's one particular red light at the bottom of an overpass that I seeem to always catch. On the downhill I generally let the bike go and my RPMs get up pretty high. If the light changes when I'm half way down the hill, I need both brakes to slow me down to where I can actually stop at the light.
re: How many of you fixed riders actually use your brake(s)?PaulNYC
Jan 9, 2004 11:47 AM
I do. I've had patellar tendinitis, and I got into cycling to avoid troubling my knees.
I rarely use back pressure to slow down...biknben
Jan 9, 2004 1:25 PM
After so many years riding geared bikes with brakes, I'm just used to it. When coming to a light I will just spin without pushing either way and use my brakes (f&r).
I use 'em (nm)OverStuffed
Jan 9, 2004 1:29 PM
Jan 9, 2004 1:47 PM
I fear knee problems. Got into cycling to ease pain in knees and ankles from too much basketball. Been pain free for many years and hope to keep it that way.
what brakes?popdan
Jan 9, 2004 4:10 PM
I do but ...Humma Hah
Jan 9, 2004 4:12 PM
1) I don't ride fixed enough to be in the habit of fixed-gear speed control, and

2) The bike is presently geared 48:17, and it takes more of a man than I am to stop it in a hurry.

3) I have front and rear brakes, but they're low-quality retro types that are not tremendously strong in the first place.
no, don't use them hereclimbo
Jan 10, 2004 7:13 AM
got used to not having them and can do track skid stops when I need to. People I ride with on fixies are about 50/50 on this topic.
Why wouldn't I use them?Len J
Jan 10, 2004 5:02 PM
Isn't that what they are there for?

I don't get it.

Why wouldn't I use them?climbo
Jan 12, 2004 7:35 AM
real track bikes have no brakes, that's why the question was asked. Converted road bikes allow you to add brakes to the frame. Some do, some don't.
In traffic and on big hills. nmdzrider
Jan 12, 2004 7:56 AM
re: How many of you fixed riders actually use your brake(s)?blownpupil
Jan 12, 2004 2:23 PM
what is the point of this question?
do you need advice on when/ why to use brakes?
are you afraid the brakes will wear out?
are you worried someone will think less of you/ care if you use brakes?
gimme a break (about brakes)!jtferraro
Jan 12, 2004 5:54 PM
The point of this question is just as it reads - to see how many of you fixed riders actually USE your brake(s)., I don't need advice on when/why to use brakes. Huh? Am I afraid my brakes will wear out? No. When the pads do wear out, I'll replace them. No again, I can care less if someone thinks less of me if I use my brakes. I actually was primarily interested in determining if NOT using my brakes would have any long term effect on my knees. Anyway, you sound very insecure or something. It was just a simple question. Easy does it!