ran over a toddler this morning
The hoods are an obviously compromised position for braking. If someone gave you a brake lever and said “pull that really hard” would you really put your hand on the far side of the pivot and try to press it from there? Or would you wrap your fingers around the tip of the lever and the handlebar and squeeze directly perpendicular to the lever?
With a decent set up braking from the hoods is fine most of the time, but it certainly wouldn’t be my first choice for an emergency stop.Posted 3 years agoHoratioHufnagelMember
I’ve started using a hybrid now i’m commuting in the city too.
I’ve fitted new cables, new pads and cleaned the brakes/rims, but my road brakes (Shimano r650) are terrible compared to even cheap pair of V-brakes.
I find braking from the hoods gets a bit painful when doing it repetitively too (I’ve about 50 sets of traffic lights on my commute!).Posted 3 years agodevashMember
I had problems with the canti brakes on my Specialized Tricross for a while. Nearly sailed into the back of a van doing an emergency stop, and took out a Labrador which ran into the road during the commute one morning (fortunately I stayed up, dog was fine, owner very apologetic).
Replaced the brake pads with some Kool Stop dual compound and learned how to properly set up and maintain cantis and now the braking power is much better.
Still intending on upgrading to a disc road frame in the future though.Posted 3 years agopeabrainMember
I’ve been on the other side of this, but luckily my son wasn’t hit.
We were at one of those bikefest things, and there was an airbag set up. Riders were cycling very fast down a path towards the airbag, and we were walking up beside the path.
Quick as a flash my 2 year old ran out in front of a bike. The (lovely lovely) young man stopped his bike just in time. I said something along the lines of “Thank goodness for brakes!” All the BMXers looked at me and said “He doesn’t have brakes…”Posted 3 years ago
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