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SS/Fixie Riders: How crazy is SS with only a front brake?(9 posts)

SS/Fixie Riders: How crazy is SS with only a front brake?PdxMark
Sep 5, 2003 3:08 PM
I'm leaving on a trip tomorrow morning with my fixed gear bike. As a backup, I was thinking of picking up a SS freewheel to put on my flip flop hub. The problem is that I have only a front brake. How dangerous/crazy would it be to ride SS with just a front brake?

Thanks for your thoughts.
youll get varying advice but..ctisevn
Sep 5, 2003 3:17 PM
I did it for 3 years on my commuter and never had issues. youve got to be conscoius of the fact that the brake is on the front though, dont just grad a fistful of brake willy-nilly on a 50mph downhill and expect good things to come of it. there was a debate about this on the fixie board a couple months ago.
youll get varying advice but..10speedfiend
Sep 5, 2003 3:38 PM
Do it! I do and have had no problems. You just need to think ahead.
Thanks for the thoughts... Think I'll give it a try...PdxMark
Sep 5, 2003 4:08 PM
SS w/ Front Brake - no problem (nm)Mariowannabe
Sep 5, 2003 7:05 PM
re: SS/Fixie Riders: How crazy is SS with only a front brake?jrm
Sep 5, 2003 7:13 PM
im a gearie, but find that on my roadie i use the front brake all the time except in panic stops. But even then 75% of the braking i do is with the front brake.
One possible dangerSpoiler
Sep 5, 2003 8:13 PM
I've ridden my fixed gear bike with just the front brake for five years now. In itself, I don't think it's too dangerous. But one possible danger is if you also do a lot of road riding on a regular double-braked bike.

I got so used to using the front on the fixed-gear, it became instinctive to do the same on the geared bike.
In a couple panic situations, I instictively grabbed a handful of front brake on my regular road bike with very bad consequences. Lost skin, stitches, busted components, and missed all lasts Summer's climbing races including Mt. Lemmon, Kitt Peak, Mt.Graham, State RR champs.
One possible dangerrwbadley
Sep 5, 2003 9:24 PM
Was the front brake more powerful than on the geared?

The difference I find between the freewheel and fixie is in a panic stop I tend to have my weight distributed differently on the fixie... different bars, cowhorn uprights and they let me ride a little further back on the bike.
One possible dangerSpoiler
Sep 5, 2003 11:03 PM
The fixie used a Shimano 600 dual pivot brake with a '98 Campy Veloce lever. The regular bike uses '98 Veloce dual pivot brakes and Record levers. The Veloce brakes, or maybe it's just the pads, are more powerful.