- Middle Finger Braking
Years a go I am sure I read somewhere that it was better (or just different) to grip the bars with the thumb and index finger and brake with the middle finger instead of using the index finger. meant to be better control etc etc
I have been riding like this for ages but don’t tend to notice anyone else doing it.
I don’t plan on changing to index finger braking but just wondered if anyone else uses the middle finger instead of the index finger for braking that is!
And discuss……….. 🙂Posted 4 years agonedrapierSubscriber
My grip is WAY stronger with little, ring, middle on the bar and forefinger on the brake than forefinger, ring, little on the bar and middle outstretched on the brake.
The advantage of using the middle finger on the brake is that you’ve got more leverage on the, erm, lever, but given that you can move the lever inboard to put your index in the same place on the lever, that’s not really much of an advantagePosted 4 years agoraisinhatMember
Your middle and ring finger share a tendon, so by stretching out your middle finger onto the brake, you compromise on the grip strength that your ring finger is providing on the bars.
The index finger has its own tendon, so the best way to ride is with that finger doing all of the braking, and with levers moved in to maximise leverage.Posted 4 years agojohnheSubscriber
I use my middle finger for braking because that means I can simultaneously brake and change gear. I have never seen anyone else riding like that, but in my mind it’s the best arrangement.
Also, I might be misguided, but my grip in the bars also feels much, much more secure with my index finger, ring and little finger gripping. But that’s not why I adopted middle finger braking.Posted 4 years agodeanfbmMember
Used to middle finger, hangover from emulating Mike Aitken when i was a young BMXer. Could never actually hop or anything like this, so always rode death grip until i needed to use the brake.
FFWD about 10 years, see mtbers all using index finger, gave it a go, got used to it, its been a revelation, full control, less arm pump whilst having finger on the lever.Posted 4 years agosnowjunkieMember
I think the reason why i changed was for decending. If my thumb and index finger touch and create an O then the bar can move around in the O so keeping control without having a death grip. In the end it is what we get used to i suppose as i could easily revert back to index finger and create an O that way.Posted 4 years agoandrewhMember
Never really thought about it until looking at some pics from a recent race, I seem to change!Posted 4 years ago
Some pics on my blog, http://www.andrewhowett.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/i-need-other-rear-wheel-and-piece-of.html
First can’t tell
Second pic L index R index
third L middle R index
fourth L middle R index
Fifth I’m not in it
Sixth L none, R index
Seventh can’t tell
Eigth I’m not in it
Tenth L middle R none
Eleveth L middle R index
It seems to be predominately L middle and R index for me, with a change to L index occasionally, as in the second pic, (there are more showing variety but just not up on the site). And it seems to vary when I’m only covering one, pic 6 and 10. Don’t know why, it’s not a conscious thing, it just feels right at the time. 6 and 7 are on a different bike but they both have the same brakes and shifters.ddmonkeySubscriber
The only time I’ve done it was during the Megavalanche due to arm / hand pump. Similarly I switch from right to left foot forward to switch things up for my thighs. I’m fitter now so don’t find the need arises generally, my grip feels much stronger with index finger braking and the short levers on the newer shimano brakes make the position on the bar easy to get right.Posted 4 years ago
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