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Offline 89schwinnsting

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Brakeless riders...How and Why did you decide to go this route?
« on: January 07, 2019, 09:59:31 PM »
I recently purchased an Ares APlus complete for dirt cheap. Previous owner cut off the fork mounts, so no front brakes for now. Decided to spend the next six months trying out brakeless riding for the first time ever. Any tips or learning curve advice?

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Re: Brakeless riders...How and Why did you decide to go this route?
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2019, 02:34:46 PM »
No tips really, just play around and see how it feels. I first went brakeless when i put a new frame together and wanted to try it before adding brakes. I also was doing a lot of 180/360 bar flip karl kruzers and kept hurting my hand on the brake levers.
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Offline jbeezy

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Re: Brakeless riders...How and Why did you decide to go this route?
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2019, 12:14:55 AM »
The funniest reason i ever hear was Matthias Dandois who said he hated the " click click click" sound brakes make . Others say they cant stand the constant adjustment. Another bunch will say its about the evolved riding style, no more scuff no brakes,  Glide, pivot , turbine , switch.

For me brakeless was hard because my body cant take the bails like it used to. I'd say ride with brakes until you get your  basics up then take them off as they get in the way or use them less

BITD we rode with no rear brakes because gyro cables were not available in the local bike shops.

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Re: Brakeless riders...How and Why did you decide to go this route?
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2019, 10:19:58 PM »
Most of the time I've spent riding brakeless was because I'd just put a bike together and hadn't installed brakes yet. Or the brake cable broke and I just hadn't gotten around to fixing it yet.

I've never intentionally taken them off, I just use them less and less as time goes on. I prefer to have them just in case, not just for tricks but also for times when I'm riding to/from a spot. It feels reckless not having at least one brake on the bike for safety reasons.