|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 doing||cmgauch|
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.
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, yes||laffeaux|
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.|
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 here||climbo|
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. nm||dzrider|
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). Uhhh...no, 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!|| |