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    One Speed, One Brake?

    o.k. I need sum edumacation....
    I see pics of you old scholarly types rolling around w/ one brake. What up w/ that? And why the front? Why not rear? Seem to me that front break only increases your OTB factor significantly. What is the history behind this trend?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cautiouschris
    o.k. I need sum edumacation....
    I see pics of you old scholarly types rolling around w/ one brake. What up w/ that? And why the front? Why not rear? Seem to me that front break only increases your OTB factor significantly. What is the history behind this trend?
    Fixed gear, you brake with your legs for a rear brake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cautiouschris
    o.k. I need sum edumacation....
    I see pics of you old scholarly types rolling around w/ one brake. What up w/ that? And why the front? Why not rear? Seem to me that front break only increases your OTB factor significantly. What is the history behind this trend?
    90% of your stopping power comes from your front brake. With proper riding technique, you can grab as much front brake as you want without going OTB. Your rear brake really doesn't do much.

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    2 bikes, 2 brakes here

    both on front.

    What you are seeing are fixed gear bikes. No coasting, rear sprocket fixed to axle. So if the bike is moving, you are pedaling. A modicum of braking (slowing down or full on track skids) can be accomplished by applying backwards pressure on the pedals, so rear brakes are redundant and most off-road fixers eschew them but run a brake up front. Its nice to achieve single track nirvana riding off-road fixed without resorting at all to the front brake, but its even nicer when you throw or break a chain at high speed on a gnarly descent and going hard OTB is a welcome out

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