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    Brake lever swap?

    Is there any particular reason why the front brake is on the left? Is it uncommon to swap it around so its the same as with a motorcycle? I have hayes trail hydralics so its easy for me to flip flop them which I want to do. I can see it might be hard to change gears while slowing if the front brake was on the right, but are there any other reasons?

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    I would say switch them if that is what you prefer. I cannot imagine a reason why you should not.

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    In the United States, there's a law stating that the rear brake goes on the right. So you can signal turns with your left arm without flipping over the bars.

    It's a stupid law. Put the levers where you want them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch
    In the United States, there's a law stating that the rear brake goes on the right. So you can signal turns with your left arm without flipping over the bars.

    It's a stupid law. Put the levers where you want them.
    Doubly stupid since the front brake does more work and should really be used more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dysfunction
    Doubly stupid since the front brake does more work and should really be used more.
    +1 but yeah try that "signal" with it swapped and your hand on the front that would be really scarry...... And most people do not know how to actually use a front brake properly any way.
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