Just running a front brake?
I run only one brake now after refurbing my commuter.
You dont need two brakes if you’re not hooning around, even in the wet, as long as you ride sensibly and keep your front brake in excellent condition.
I only ride 3-4 miels each way, at a gentle bimble (as I ride in my work clothes and dont want to get sweaty), in Central London, mainly off road.
As for legality, dont bet on fuzz knowing the law.Posted 8 years ago
not rubbish at all.
I have been riding in London for over 10 years and cant recall the last time I had to make any kind of sharp braking manouevre. I always ride with an assumption that someone/something is going to do something stupid and so have an alternative line ready. Planning ahead, sympathetic speed, eye-contact and a good feel for the stupidty of others means you should, IMO, never need to perform an emergency stop.
My experience proves this to me. It sounds like your experience doesnt prove that to you. I reckon that says more about your riding style than your braking needs.Posted 8 years agoskiMember
I can see Stoner point of view, my neighbour has been cycling her shopper daily to the shops for years and she has only a front brake.
I have even offered to fix it for her, but she said she is happy with it as it is.
Not sure if I would have the confidence/skill to use just the one brake.Posted 8 years ago
Im going to disagree with you.
As for stopping qbruptly I havent said that that isnt possible with just a front brake. As I said, a brake in good condition, and giving yourself as much help as possible by intelligent riding as well as using your body weight transfer to help braking control as well is more than enough to ride safely.Posted 8 years ago
If you mix with cars you either need to go very slowly or have good brakes. I use my brakes hard every time I ride in town and car drivers still amaze me how stupid they can be and how often you have to brake suddenly to avoid hitting them
Al is 100% correct – you cannot anticipate the unexpected correctly every timePosted 8 years ago
This might be of interest….
Construction & Use RegulationsPosted 8 years ago
This Statutory Instrument (1983 No. 1176) is part of the Road Traffic Acts. Accordingly it is illegal to ride a pedal cycle, including an electrically-assisted pedal cycle, on a public road unless it meets the appropriate requirements. Specifically: the brakes must be as described below – except in the case of a pedal cycle that is sold for off-road racing on enclosed tracks. .
In the case of a pure pedal cycle (no electrical assistance) these regulations are simply and entirely concerned with the brakes.
Most sorts of cycle are required to have at least two efficient braking systems, by which the front wheel (or wheels) can be braked independently of the rear wheel (or wheels). This means that if there are two wheels at the front or rear, the relevant system must act on the pair. It also means that the combined operation of front and rear brakes from one lever is not allowed except as an extra braking system: additional to the two independent front and rear braking systems required by this law….. a fixed wheel drive counts as a braking system – on that wheel only.coffeekingMember
Legally no, ultimate sensible option – probably not.Worth removing an existing brake – probably not. Worth forking out for an expensive rear for a flat 1 mile commute? Nope.
Legality wise I reckon there are very few SPD owning commuters who meet the legal requirements for reflectors.Posted 8 years ago
I’m going to agree that you can disagree with me.
If you’re slow & skilled at riding in traffic I’d agree it’s probably OK to do so on one brake…I just go a bit faster than you and I see no point in removing a brake.
I quite like taking things a bit close and braking at the last minute in order to make a point to sleeping drivers.Posted 8 years ago
TJ – you are wrong, and that’s final.
If you are braking hard, you are riding like a tit. Why on earth would you want to waste kinetic energy like that? As for speed, Im quite happy riding at 20-25mph in the traffic, I still do not need to drop the anchors all the time to deal with the anticpated stupidity of car drivers (actually London drivers are some of the best I’ve found. It may be an Edinburgh thing for you)Posted 8 years ago
If you are riding a bike with no back brake which isn’t a fixed gear and you hit a pedestrian who steps out in front of you, you can be prosecuted if they can prove that not having a back brake meant you couldn’t stop in time.
My friend was involved in a similar incident and was very nearly prosecuted.
Not worth it!Posted 8 years ago
Riding with only a front brake you are compromising your stopping ability. You are also breaking the law. Part of the reason for the need for two brakes is incase one fails.
Why would I brake hard? Traffic lights changing, cars pulling out, tourists stepping off the pavemnent – the list goes on.
Al – true. I shall have to do that vid – should cause a few argumentsPosted 8 years ago
I am thinking of just running a front brake on my commuter. Been commuting for about 6 weeks now and been really lucky with the weather so only had to ride in the rain once but forgot how horrible v brakes become in the wet. So was going to get a front disc but for the last few days been trying the commute without running a back brake. Anyone else do this?Posted 8 years ago
blanky – If I hit a ped (and Ive said up there Ive never even come close to being unable to avoid a ped by either braking normally or taking evasive action) and they can prove that not having a back brake meant you couldn’t stop in time (if full on front brake under control cant stop you, a back brake which will lock up isnt going to bring much to the party) it would be long enough odds that I’d by a lottery ticket.Posted 8 years ago
so why did you want to take the brake off?
Something like that – I am a bit OCD 😳 – but then I like symmetry as well so I would prob think one lever would be wierd too!
Think it is something to do with my constant need to change bits on my bikes. I thought I had everything I needed done at the weekend and then I started thinking about new bits to changePosted 8 years ago
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