HOT: Active* forum members generally gain 5% discount at starbike.com store!
Weight Weenies
* FAQ    * Search    * Trending Topics
* Login   * Register
HOME Listings Articles FAQ Contact About




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 24 posts ] 
Go to page 1, 2  Next
Author Message
PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 7:02 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Jun 22, 2004 11:42 pm
Posts: 3914
Location: lat 38.9677 lon 77.3366
I have noticed a cult of people ( they tend to spell "tire" funny) that connect the front brake to the right hand brake lever. What is the advantage to doing this? Does it have to do with driving on the wrong side of the road? I want to replace my cables and housings so I am considering changing. I run Campy and will be going back to campy cables after a three year run on Nokon unless a better suggestion is made. So how should I setup my cables. Will I have to start spelling things like "tyre" ? :roll:

_________________
WW Velocipedist Gargantuan


Last edited by rustychain on Sun Sep 02, 2007 12:48 am, edited 1 time in total.

Top
 Profile  
 
Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 7:02 pm 


Top
  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 7:09 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Jul 16, 2004 12:06 am
Posts: 1246
Location: A Scotsman on rock in the pacific
I run my front brake from the right lever... grew up in the UK, so not sure if that's how people do it there, or it it's just me?... I might have picked it up from my mountain bike racing days... I tried changing to the more common side but after a few weeks gave up as it just didn't feel natural to me.

_________________
http://www.mikezagorski.com


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 7:16 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Sep 21, 2006 8:54 pm
Posts: 651
Location: Reading, UK
Tony Rominger famously switched from left to right the day before the TdF and promptly fell off on a descent because of it. Do what you want to do - there is no correct way, only what works for you. Here in the UK it's normal to have right-front braking, although plenty people use left-front. Elsewhere left-front is predominant. As a right-handed person I prefer right-front. The main consideration is that you know which lever to grab when things are rapidly going pear shaped.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 7:35 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Oct 23, 2006 2:56 pm
Posts: 484
Location: Reno, NV
When I first got a bike I was coming from a motocross background and put the brake on the right just out of habit(on the left now).


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 7:39 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Apr 18, 2007 9:41 am
Posts: 228
Well, the right brake is the more important and most used one, so it makes sense to have it under your more skillfull hand. Since I'm right-handed, I have right-front.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 7:43 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Wed Nov 23, 2005 8:25 pm
Posts: 1440
Location: Oakland CA
The only reason I would switch it would be so I can signal a left turn in traffic and still be able to stop with my right hand if i need too.

_________________
My CAAD 9 BB30


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 8:03 pm 
Offline
Administrator
User avatar

Joined: Mon Jan 30, 2006 8:20 pm
Posts: 497
Location: Cary, NC
I wanted to try it out when I built up the winter beater. Now it just feels more comfortable to have the front brake on the right.

An old excuse for a right handed person to have the rear brake on the right, is to be able to use the strongest hand on the brake requiring the most force.

_________________
- Papa R. Fresh


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 8:59 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Feb 21, 2006 6:56 pm
Posts: 1280
Location: Worcester, UK
rustychain wrote:
I have noticed a cult of prople ( they tend to spell "tire" funny) that conect the front brake to the right hand brake lever.


Yeah I'd noticed them too - they don't seem to be able to spell colour or aluminium either. However I think you're wrong - they actually seem to have the front brake on the left hand lever. Strangely enough, so do I - switched when I was rebuilding what was my only bike back then on a new frame when about 18, since the cable runs work better that way.

I think it's a historical thing - to do with the strange idea that you want to use the back brake not the front since the front will put you over the bars, and that you want to be able to indicate right (or left in the strange land where they can't spell) whilst using the back brake (don't really need to indicate left that much). It is though enshrined in law I think that new bikes have to be sold with the front brake on the right - at least that's what was claimed in this recent thread http://www.bikeradar.com/road/forums/vi ... t=12542684

Oh, and I'm very unconvinced that hand strength or dexterity has anything to do with it - OK I'm more ambidextrous than most, but braking is hardly something that either requires fine finger control or lots of strength, and I find I'm equally adept with either hand.

_________________
No scales on the trails


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 9:40 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sat Aug 05, 2006 2:29 am
Posts: 1371
Location: Mountain View, California
If you ride a motorcycle the right hand controls the front brake. The left hand controls the clutch. Your right foot is your rear brake, and left left foot is the gear change.

If guys are used to riding motorcycles they usually run their front brake to their right hand.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 10:11 pm 
Offline
Resident Pro

Joined: Wed Jan 26, 2005 9:13 pm
Posts: 1918
Location: Australia/Czech-Rep.
Front on left, that way you can brake and change gears down going into corners at the same time.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 10:23 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Wed May 18, 2005 6:24 pm
Posts: 4391
Location: BELGIUM
Why would it matter ? left or right, right or left, left+right still do the same together. It's just whatever you're used to.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 10:43 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Feb 21, 2006 6:56 pm
Posts: 1280
Location: Worcester, UK
zakeen wrote:
Front on left, that way you can brake and change gears down going into corners at the same time.


At least with STI I find I can brake front and back AND change down gears all at he same time.

_________________
No scales on the trails


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 3:39 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Jul 21, 2005 2:35 pm
Posts: 438
Location: USA
Allegedly, to signal a flat, a RIGHT arm held high signals the team/neutral car that you want a REAR wheel. The mech knows which wheel to fetch. Of course, the left arm signals a front flat... The opposing hand of the raised arm has control of the good wheel. This is also why a sidepull front brake arm is biased for routing to the left lever. This system is obsolete since an entire bike is used for a star's flats.

My brakee lovin right hand demands RF on moto and lego. :twisted:

_________________
Equality for Cranks.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 4:32 am 
Offline

Joined: Sun Feb 06, 2005 1:00 am
Posts: 396
When I learned how to ride a bike in England as a child I was told the rear brake should be hit first and the front brake immediately after to avoid an endo. I learned to do that rear brake thing on the left and it STILL messes me up 40 years later in the US to squeeze left and get that front end instability rather than the gradual effect on the rear I am expecting.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 4:32 am 


Top
  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 5:43 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Sep 20, 2005 6:36 pm
Posts: 416
Miller wrote:
As a right-handed person I prefer right-front. The main consideration is that you know which lever to grab when things are rapidly going pear shaped.

? very smart to brake front only..... you will be catapulted, that's why front=left.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 24 posts ] 
Go to page 1, 2  Next


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Exabot [Bot] and 6 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

   Similar Topics   Author   Replies   Views   Last post 
There are no new unread posts for this topic. Which front brake for a Pinarello Graal and who stocks them?

in Road

puffingbilly

1

388

Tue Feb 25, 2014 9:37 pm

bmxbandit View the latest post

There are no new unread posts for this topic. Dura ace 7900 front brake installation issue

in Road

amey

4

225

Wed Sep 03, 2014 1:31 pm

amey View the latest post

There are no new unread posts for this topic. Right hand lever = front brake. Just a kiwi thing?

[ Go to page: 1, 2 ]

in Cycle Chat

dereksmalls

23

1265

Thu May 29, 2014 4:36 am

racermech View the latest post

There are no new unread posts for this topic. *SOLD!* THM Brake Pad Holders (front and rear) 9g/pair

in For sale - Pictures are mandatory 22-3-13

EvoUltimate

0

133

Wed Jul 30, 2014 4:37 pm

EvoUltimate View the latest post

There are no new unread posts for this topic. shimano 9sp left shifter

in Wanted

digitalnorbs

0

23

Fri Sep 19, 2014 3:57 pm

digitalnorbs View the latest post


It is currently Wed Oct 22, 2014 2:52 am

All times are UTC + 1 hour




Advertising   –  FAQ   –  Contact   –  Convert   –  About

© Weight Weenies 2000-2013
hosted by starbike.com


How to get rid of these ads? Just register!


Powered by phpBB