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Ok, all you fixed gear studs and studettes.(12 posts)

Ok, all you fixed gear studs and studettes.look271
Jul 17, 2002 9:50 AM
Where can I find "dummy hoods" for my rear brake hood. Don't need it but I'm a hood-hound. like to ride there, especially climbing.
where your rear lever used to be.SteveO
Jul 17, 2002 9:59 AM
yank the cable and lever, you have a dummy lever.

personally, I prefer two brakes if i have a hood there anyway.
re: Ok, all you fixed gear studs and studettes.pina
Jul 17, 2002 10:19 AM
have brakes on mine
I just used a brake lever without cables, but.........Dave Hickey
Jul 17, 2002 10:38 AM
Ask some tandem riders. I see the dummies all the time on the rear tandem bars
Try here-->Straightblock
Jul 17, 2002 11:39 AM
http://www.precisiontandems.com/

Look under "Stoker Levers" for the Dia-Compe handles.

Personally, though, I run 2 brakes. The lever's there, so why not?
Try here-->SteveO
Jul 17, 2002 11:52 AM
functional brake for free beats 'dummy' for 35 bucks, imo.
That's why they call them "Dummy Levers"...Straightblock
Jul 17, 2002 1:31 PM
In spite of what many fixed gear riders say about the "purity" of no rear brake, a functional rear brake, IMHO, is cheap insurance and a minor weight penalty in case of a dropped chain, panic stop, slipped cog, or other inconvenience.

Check with your state's laws, too. Here in California I'm pretty sure the law says a bicycle must be equipped with a brake capable of skidding the wheel on dry, level pavement. Maybe a lot of fixie riders can lock the rear wheel at will, but if you ever had to defend your side in an accident or a traffic violation, I doubt a judge would consider your legs as a working brake.
re: Ok, all you fixed gear studs and studettes.ALBikeGuy
Jul 17, 2002 11:56 AM
You could purchase one from a tandem shop, but you'll get by cheaper just getting an old lever from you LBS.

Just take the lever off, depending on the model, should be straight forward and easy.

Make sure you keep all the parts in case you ever want to un-dummy it.
fixing the leverStmbtDave
Jul 17, 2002 1:07 PM
I installed a long, thin bolt and nut between the lever and the cable stop inside the hood. This locked the lever in position. Since I have the front brake operational but not the back, I tried it with just the front hood but the bars looked out of balance and I found it ackward resting on the left hood but the right bar. Both hoods give balance to the bars and it gives a comfortable hand position

Dave
Thanks for all the responses.look271
Jul 17, 2002 3:28 PM
I think I will take it (the rear brake) as it is an old Diacompe and weighs about 2 tons. I have become pretty proficient at slowing the rear w/ my legs. Still have the front, though. I'm not completely insane! (Stopping is highly over-rated =) )
keep rear if you decide to build flip-flopcyclopathic
Jul 17, 2002 9:53 PM
with freewheel you'd need it
unless both sides of the flip flop are fixed (nm)Ray Sachs
Jul 18, 2002 4:29 AM