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Taking off the front brake(18 posts)

Taking off the front brakeTim
Jan 12, 2002 10:04 AM
My front brake cable is getting really worn out, from my having to take off the front wheel constantly. Anyways, I just got the notion to totally do away with the front brake. I think I can get by with a rear only. Is this crazy, or not too crazy?
BTW--45 degrees yesterday in Milwaukee
Yes, it's crazy....Geof
Jan 12, 2002 10:52 AM
Your front break does most of the speed drop when breaking (at least it should) the rear brake basically help to control the process. Just like on a car. How are you ruining your cable by taking your wheel off???
Front brake does 60%-70% of braking...PdxMark
Jan 12, 2002 11:12 AM
as I recall.... I don't have the Bicycling Science book with me... real world cycling without either brake would be very dangerous - if all you want to do is laps around your driveway, then it ought to be ok...
Bad decision.Starliner
Jan 12, 2002 11:29 AM
A road bike brake system is designed to scrub off speed first and bring you to a stop second. Deleting one of the two brakes will turn a marginally safe system into one that is inadequate and unsafe.

Anyway, of the two, the front brake would be the keeper.
Are you retarded??????????????????????????????????????????????Rusty McNasty
Jan 12, 2002 2:13 PM
What kind of stuff are you smoking, anyway? The front brake does 3/4 of all braking! What, do you only use the rear brake? If you do, then you are an imbecile! (That could explain why you keep spilling the bike on corners!)
And, while I'm at it, didn't you notice that little quick-release lever on the side of the caliper? You are supposed to open it before you pull the wheel off! That's why you are 'wearing it out', you dumb@$$!!!!!!!!!
Maybe you should wait until spring before you ride again. The cold is killing what few brain cells you have left.
This must be a jokejtolleson
Jan 12, 2002 2:49 PM
And I don't care if the brake only did 1/2 the braking... stopping power is your friggin' life. And you really mean to say that you are trashing the brake cable merely by taking the front wheel on and off?

Find the post on frame drilling from a couple months back...Scot_Gore
Jan 12, 2002 2:50 PM
...maybe you can start a club.
Natural selection at work(nm)grandemamou
Jan 12, 2002 3:10 PM
too many morons posting on this sitethud
Jan 12, 2002 3:41 PM
The notion of removing the front brake for reasons of wheel removal convienience is the single most moronic and bone headed thing I have ever heard!
Oh yes!!!! Oh no!!!MB1
Jan 12, 2002 4:43 PM
Track bikes ridden on the road are usually equipped with only the front brake-for a good reason-it provides most of the power and control.

Why don't you take your bike into the local bike shop and explain the problem you are having (it sounds odd). I'm sure there is an easy fix.

Alternately take the front brake and front wheel off and ride that baby like a unicycle. ;-)
Recommended: leave the front wheel off permanently.Crankist
Jan 12, 2002 7:45 PM
to brake is to admit defeat, ditch both (NM)fuzzybunnies
Jan 12, 2002 9:10 PM
re: Taking off the front brakebluto
Jan 13, 2002 12:55 PM
Use a stick between the spokes. You could also remove the seat, and sit on the seatpost.Tires wear so riding on the rims might be worth considering. Think outside the box and theres no end to the good ideas that simplify and save weight.
Pay no attention to these "purists"...Ahimsa
Jan 14, 2002 8:37 AM
They are bogged down by traditional and outmoded ideas of cycling and engineering. I think this is a fine idea. It would surely save wear and tear on your cables, and the time spent removing the wheel would be dramatically decreased.

I'd also recommend ditching the helmet if you wear one. Completely unecessary.

Perhaps you could fashion an anchor out of a U lock and cable to carry in your pack. Want to stop? Throw the anchor.

Cheers and best of luck in your endeavors!


PS. Ride hills!
Trying for a Darwin Award? (nm)grzy
Jan 14, 2002 9:44 AM
re: Taking off the front brakeIseemo
Jan 14, 2002 9:54 AM
HAHAHAHAHA!!! I know you've taken a serious beating for this one, but thanks for providing me with my Monday laugh of the day!
true definition of "Fred"Dog
Jan 14, 2002 9:58 AM
You could drag your feet to stop, just like Fred Flintstone. You'll be one of the few people who truely deserve the Fred name, then (or Barney).

Dog :-)
Rear brakes are for kidssalmonwheel
Jan 14, 2002 10:24 AM
Seriously don't do this,the front brake is what stops the bike primarily, the rear brake is better for skidding though if that's what your after.

Why did they teach us as kids to rely on the rear brake. You'd be surprised at how many recreational cyclists are afraid to squeeze the front brake. Ithink they are afraid of doing an endo. I try to explain that if you sit back on the seat, the amount of force it would take to flip your 230 pounds over the front of your handlebars is not going to occur at the 12 mph they are cruising at. If most people have a stronger right hand, and we are supposed to use the left hand to signal, why is the rear brake on the right.

Tim isn't the only one who's a little confused.