Marin County, Cali
I have one of each, but the remote is on the old bike that I don't ride any more, so it's history. If you have the remote, you use it more often. OTOH, if it's on the saddle, it's just that much cleaner and lighter and less cluttered. Try to remember to use your front-brake hand to adjust it, because you do not want to touch the front brake with your other hand under your crotch.
talk about skill compensation
Aren't WE the purists! I'm just as happy riding my FS 29er down stuff I first rode on a coaster brake sled with no front brake. I can ride anything with more than one wheel, but why shouldn't I take advantage of evolving technology? From the earliest days of mountain bike racing, one purpose of competition was to find out what works better than what else and use that to improve the bikes.
Orwell was a f#$king optimist.