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Illegal or dangerous to not have a front brake?(9 posts)

Illegal or dangerous to not have a front brake?snowman3
Jul 9, 2003 8:29 AM
I don't race, so I don't know many of the UCI or TDF rules. I was watching the TDF this morning before work and noticed that the time trial bikes had front brakes. Frankie Andreu (sp?) was even showing Lance's bike and mentioning it has some honeycomb portions in the frame to reduce weight.

I think there's a lower limit of 14.1 lbs for a bike?
Anyhow, I was also wondering how important a front brake is on individual or TTT? Most of those stages are pretty flat. You don't have to worry about other riders in an individual time trial... so maybe you could get away with just a rear brake?
brakesDougSloan
Jul 9, 2003 8:34 AM
USCF regs require front and rear brakes. Can't recall UCI, but I'd bet it's the same. You absolutely need a front brake, as the front does most of the braking, and there are many circumstances requiring it -- corners, moving up on someone too fast, a fall in front of you, even stopping at the end.

Many states in the US require at least one brake on a bike.

The weight limit is 14.99 pounds. I doubt any time trial bikes get close to that.

Doug
TT Bike weightJames OCLV
Jul 9, 2003 8:45 AM
TT bikes are notoriously heavy compared to their road counterparts. Weight isn't a huge factor on the flats - it's the rider's frontal area that makes a difference.
yup but not horribleDougSloan
Jul 9, 2003 8:56 AM
My Cervelo P3 with Zipp disc and 404 tubulars with Dura Ace and other lightweight parts (carbon bars, SLR seat, Cane Creek brakes) was just under 18 pounds. Not too shabby, but nowhere near the weight limit.

Doug
Nice!! nmJames OCLV
Jul 9, 2003 10:07 AM
Doug, how many bikes do you have?Marketing Dept
Jul 9, 2003 12:01 PM
I see your replies all over and in most of them, your reply is something like;

"yes, my Bianchi...or As a matter of fact, my Look" or "My Cervelo"

You are my hero, I thought I had too many bikes...
not as many as mecyclopathic
Jul 9, 2003 12:04 PM
only 4-5
7DougSloan
Jul 9, 2003 12:06 PM
Right now:

1980 Bianchi Rekord
2000 Bianchi EV2
1998 Bianchi Alloro
2001 Bianchi Milano
2001 Bianchi Pista
2000 KHS Tandem
2003 Specialized Stumpjumper

Sold over the last few years:

2001 Cervelo P3
2001 Colnago C40
1999 Bianchi Alloro
2001 Bianchi EV2
1997 Specialized Ground Control mtb
1998 Airborne Lucky Strike mtb
1995 Scott mtb

probably missed something

Now, someone with a lot of bikes is Akirasho. Must have 6 time trial bikes alone.

Doug
re: 7cyclopathic
Jul 9, 2003 12:28 PM
the friend of mine who presently has only 9 bikes (including Xross, touring, tandem, 'bent, mtb, Friday, etc) and is avid eBay bike trader /he usually trades 8-15 a year/ sold his Atlatis to a dude in NJ. when he dropped it off he saw his collection of 40+ bikes.