is it silly to go riding with only one brake?

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  • AndyPaice
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    Waiting for a new front disc brake to turn up so currently only have a rear brake. Fancy riding tomorrow (around Hope and Ladybower in the Peak) so plenty of snow, ice and steep hills.

    good idea, bad idea or do it anyway and post the photos here afterwards?

    Premier Icon piedi di formaggio
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    Well, you don’t really want to be using a front brake on ice.

    What could possibly go wrong?

    fatface
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    have a rest

    take the mrs out somehwere

    make a deposit in the favour bank

    it’ll all be there when the brake comes

    Junkyard
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    how much does skidding slow you down then?

    nukeproof
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    After a few experiments with cheap disc pads, I’ve cycled many a mile with one or no brakes ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Just a front brake: maybe

    Just a rear brake: not a cat in hells chance!

    IMO…

    AndyPaice
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    “What could possibly go wrong? “

    I could scare myself and have to sit at a pub all day until the other lads pick me up.

    “how much does skidding slow you down then? “

    It doesn’t and that, to some extent, is what’s worrying me ๐Ÿ˜‰

    nukeproof
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    Just a front brake: maybe Just a rear brake: not a cat in hells chance!

    Hmmm, I’m the opposite particularly if wet conditions: no way Iโ€™d want to bring the bike to a stop on just the front brake. Braking on the front in corners with the thought of the front tyre washing out puts me off as well.

    TinMan
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    Andy is it IS mount? I have that Mono M4 from the Shermans in the garage from when I switched to the Totems. Can bring it with me in the morning. – is 180mm + your adapter?

    thomthumb
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    go to the bmx track

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    Nukeproof: seriously!? The rear is far less useful, it offers much less power, the limit being the point at which you lock up. Also, you shouldn’t be braking in corners at all!

    AndyPaice
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    “Andy is it IS mount? I have that Mono M4 from the Shermans in the garage from when I switched to the Totems. Can bring it with me in the morning. – is 180mm + your adapter? “

    its for my 66s, so IS mount yep. can you bring it anyway. I’ll bring adaptors/bolts/washers/rotors etc ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ve got 203 or 180mm discs and two adaptors so it should fit.

    preferable to riding with no brakes ๐Ÿ™‚

    JonEdwards
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    I’m with njee. Front brake only I’d risk it. Back brake, no way.

    Go to the BMX track. Back brake only will be fine there.

    TinMan
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    No worries
    See you tomorrow

    nukeproof
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    The rear is far less useful, it offers much less power

    Mmmm, maybe but if I knew I only had one brake I wouldn’t be cycling like I had two and, on that basis, I rid well within my limits and prefer to have the rear.

    TinMan
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    PS pics of snow in Lakes on Flickr. Saw you’ve been uploading old stuff to!

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    if I knew I only had one brake I wouldn’t be cycling like I had two

    Maybe, but short of riding along tow paths there’s not much you can do, if you’re going down a hill, the back brake will likely not keep your speed in check whatever you try and do.

    falkirk_mark
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    I would not start a ride with only one brake, if that fails you then have no brakes.not clever

    Trimix
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    If you go take a mate with a camera.

    I tried it once – lasted about five mins.

    nukeproof
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    Maybe, but short of riding along tow paths there’s not much you can do, if you’re going down a hill, the back brake will likely not keep your speed in check whatever you try and do.

    Well, iirc you’re a Surrey Hills local and so am and I’ve survived so far so will just have to disagree on that ๐Ÿ˜€

    …or maybe its the sheer awesome power of my Avid rear brake ๐Ÿ˜‰

    chvck
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    Don’t think about it, just do it! If it’s in the snow then it’s pretty likely that you’re not going to be bombing along anyways.

    ps. I’d rather ride with only a rear than only a front…if I panic and grab a handful of brake I don’t want it to be on the front!

    taka
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    fulk brakes turn into cris akrigg

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    You do RC Nukeproof ๐Ÿ™‚ You up there tomorrow? I will be, S-Works Epic, with a bird on another S-Works Epic, black/yellow kit, say hey!

    It must be my diddy 140 rotor, being all inadequate. Definitely stand by my decision though, back brake isn’t really all that useful!

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