One finger – but which one
For pulling a MTB brake lever, the middle finger would normally be the strongest.
Probably true, but any decent MTB brake these days is so powerful that seems irrelevant! I tend to use my index finger FWIW.
re: the road bike, I’ve always used the middle finger to change gear. Just seemed natural (on the hoods).Posted 4 years agoJonEdwardsMember
What happens if you get brake fade or just sudden bad pad wear? If you use your middle finger, you’re running the risk of trapping your index finger against the bars when you need to pull the lever harder. Then you’ve got to let go of the brake, get your index finger out, then try and slow down again…Posted 4 years ago
Middle finger. I think I developed the technique when using a Nexave ‘Rapid Rise’ mech back in 2004/5; it allowed me to change down and brake at the same time. Useful when you encounter a few traffic lights on your commute.
Edit : It stuck and I now continually cover the brake with my middle finger BTW, though I use a flatbar set-up on and off-road.Posted 4 years agoD0NKSubscriber
Middle finger. I think I developed the technique when using a Nexave ‘Rapid Rise’ mech back in 2004/5; it allowed me to change down and brake at the same time.
I use RR and quite often find myself using my thumb to downshift* while braking, not sure why as my index finger is sat there doing nothing.
*push your thumb forward and flick the trigger back with your nail, not that you need to do this with current xt swingsbothways technology or whatever it’s called.Posted 4 years ago
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