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The Fuzz in NYC are on a mission for the fixed/no brakes set(12 posts)

The Fuzz in NYC are on a mission for the fixed/no brakes setonespeed
Jul 18, 2003 5:38 AM
On my way home from work last night, I got accosted by one of my fixed gear brethren who warned me that the cops are ticketing cyclists with no rear brake. I have only been stopped once and ticketed once in NYC and on 2 other occasions have outrun the police. I will just have to keep my eyes open for them and turn the other way if they head towards me.
What is the law in NYC. ??????....nmMR_GRUMPY
Jul 18, 2003 5:41 AM
vague ....PaulNYC
Jul 18, 2003 5:55 AM
Nothing vague hererollo tommassi
Jul 18, 2003 9:08 AM
Clearly states "working brakes required".
Are strong legs "working brakes" on a fixed gear? (nm)TJeanloz
Jul 18, 2003 9:21 AM
VA guideline: must be able to skid the wheel ...Humma Hah
Jul 18, 2003 11:01 AM
Proving your one brake is adequate in Virginia means demonstrating you can lay rubber like a kid with a coasterbrake who doesn't buy his own tires.

This is a dubious measure for my purposes: I HAVE managed to skid the rear wheel of a brakeless fixie (I didn't intend to, and it scared the cr^! out of me, but I forgot the silly thing wouldn't coast).
a bell..........anyone have one ?? nmafrican
Jul 18, 2003 11:54 AM
Bang your ring against the top tube!! (nm)Alexx
Jul 18, 2003 12:18 PM
Sure do!Humma Hah
Jul 18, 2003 1:33 PM
Pretty handy, too. On my 140-mile ride I should have had the bell ... would have probably saved 300 calories yelling "on your left".
I am not sure. I guess it is against it to not have a back. nmonespeed
Jul 18, 2003 5:55 AM
bike laws?utxjohne
Jul 18, 2003 6:36 AM
according to those regs about every cyclist in the city is breaking the law.
They assume that you're not 'packing'coonass
Jul 18, 2003 5:24 PM
and if you are, it's in your saddle bag.....amazing how our public officals operate....don't do diddly-s#$t to Big Business, but they have plenty of time to harrass the natives for petty BS....and they have the nerve to ask you to donate for their bullet proof vest campaign.....