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    European brake levers switched left to right?

    Is it my imagination or do the English have their brakes set up opposite as our traditional set up. From the magazine I was looking at, it seemed like all of the bikes were set up with the right brake lever for the front brake and the left brake lever for the rear brake.

    Am I crazy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by steamboatsig
    Am I crazy?

    Yeah probably.

    The tendancy is for N. American bikes to have left/front braking and for UK bikes to have right/front braking. I'm not quite sure where all the other countries of the world fit in.

    I've read many "reasons" for why this is and most of them somehow seem to center around hand signals. That reasoning, if it's even a viable reason, has very little to do with mtb'ing does it?

    I'm in N. Am (but I am from the UK) and I have mine right/front. To me I have sound reasoning for this. I'm right handed and if I have one hand in charge of any brake while I wipe, point, wave, drink, adjust, pick, hit with my dominant (right) hand, that hand isn't going to be in charge of a brake that's got the ability to send me into a Superman impersonation. Nossirr my left hand is going to be in charge of a brake that has the abilty to skid a tire at worst.
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    Very interesting...

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    I personally use my brakes as front/right. I guess I am used to the motorcycle brake system wehre the left is the rear and the right is the front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steamboatsig
    Very interesting...
    Let's wait to see if Shiggy comes along with almost the same reasoning. We've done this many times before!
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    Motot Style...

    Moto Style all the way!!! (right/front)

    I'm leftie but I had never ever able to ride otherwise brake regarding.

    In mexico bikes are ridden USA specs (duh!! All serious bikes are imported from USA or from Taiwan with USA specs). I'm against the grain.
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    Compae, Hay trillos por DF? Saludos

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaco
    Compae, Hay trillos por DF? Saludos
    Quihubo compa!!!

    No se que chingaos son trillos!!
    Pero si hay muchos pillos. Un chingo de rateros.
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    Mae, Trillos son singletrack. Como le dicen uds, senderos? Hasta pronto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaco
    Mae, Trillos son singletrack. Como le dicen uds, senderos? Hasta pronto.
    Sendero, vereda, camino o simplemente singletrack (hay un monton de palabras agringadas por aca)

    Yes a lot of singletrack here. Sorry for the language change otherwise the Admin will pop us out.

    Lots of every kind of dirt roads. Much more like Bogota. Very, very high place. Mexico city is a high flat in the middle of the mountains. Everywhere you would like to go out of mexico city you gotta climb. From 2200m and up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike T.
    Let's wait to see if Shiggy comes along with almost the same reasoning. We've done this many times before!
    NOT AGAIN!!

    I run left-rear because of cyclocross. When setting up for a flying dismount at 15 mph, standing on the left pedal with my right hand gripping the top tube, the last thing I want is my left hand on the front brake.

    What eMTea said is valid, too.
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    That´s another English peculiarity, not European...

    ...they are the only ones running levers that way in Europe.(as far as I know)
    Some more English peculiarityes: they have car´s cockpit on the right and drive along the left side of the road.Although belonging to the EU ,together with a couple countries more, they are still using their own currency after the rest of the countries swaped to euros in 2002. They are the only ones in europe using different measuring units as pounds and miles instead of kilograms and kilometers.
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    It is to do with the side of the road you drive on.

    If you ride on the left, then it's motorbike style (left/rear). If you ride on the right then it's right/rear.

    It's a legal requirement, yes the origins were based on hand signals when bikes were only required to have one rear brake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougal
    It is to do with the side of the road you drive on.

    If you ride on the left, then it's motorbike style (left/rear). If you ride on the right then it's right/rear.

    It's a legal requirement, yes the origins were based on hand signals when bikes were only required to have one rear brake.

    all i know is i had to switch the cables on my rental bike while in New Zealand
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimjo
    all i know is i had to switch the cables on my rental bike while in New Zealand
    Yep, in NZ we're left/rear. I had major mental battles trying to ride bikes right/rear when I was visiting the states. No problem when you've got time to think about it, but when the instincts take over.
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    Been on motorcycles for over 20 yrs, so I'm kinda partial to the right/front, myself. That said, I've been too lazy to switch 'em, so....

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    Another Left/front user here!
    When I was in the US, every one was freaked out to hear how I run the brakes the opposite. It's no fun when your trying to whip out the rear end in a turn in a emergency Very scary!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bike_freak
    Another Left/front user here!
    When I was in the US, every one was freaked out to hear how I run the brakes the opposite. It's no fun when your trying to whip out the rear end in a turn in a emergency Very scary!
    uhhh...left-front is the usual setup in the US.
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    Please ignore

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    Scientific Poll

    According to my recent poll 54 % of MTBR members prefer the right/front brake setup. See the data for your self below. This is +/- 2% points 9 times out of 10.

    Brake lever poll - Euro or N American
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    Left/rear

    Most of the bikes in SA are like that ...
    1. Moto style , easyer for guys comming off motocross.
    2.I am left handed and comming from trials It was easyer use my left hand to control the rear wheel during pedal kicks

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    FWIW Australia is right = front as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy©®™
    uhhh...left-front is the usual setup in the US.
    OOops! LOL! I meant right-front.... sorry for the confusion

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    it is possible to swap levers on hydraylic (disc) brakes?

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    No. Its simple. Anyone with a motorcycle background will use a right hand brake. The left on a motorcycle is always the clutch.

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