Which countries have left hand-rear brake and right hand-front brake

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Miller
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by Miller

RH front brake is normal for UK though a few prefer LH front brake for that euro style.

Wasn't it Tony Rominger who experimented with swapping the cabling on his bike the evening before a mountain stage and next day got the braking wrong and stacked?

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silvalis wrote:
Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:52 pm
Valbrona wrote:
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by hogehoge

@shonanmike
Japan is front brake right

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euan
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Some old school CX racers used to run their CX bike and road bikes front brake RHS.

Mainly because if you are braking while dismounting on the NDS, the rear gives better control
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Miller wrote:
Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:58 pm
Wasn't it Tony Rominger who experimented with swapping the cabling on his bike the evening before a mountain stage and next day got the braking wrong and stacked?
Yes! I just read that in a biography of Miguel Indurain :D
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I went over the handlebars when I rented a bike in San Fran about 10 years ago.

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In Italy, right hand front brakes could be found until the early ‘90. I remember Bianchis routed like that, and Gianni Bugno being one of the cyclists using such configuration.


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Here's a related short video from the BBC today about why the UK drives on the left side. Interesting that most countries did so until not so long ago...


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england ... n-the-left

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In Sweden we changed overnight... No one got killed!


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shonanmike wrote:
Sun Feb 04, 2018 10:52 pm
Japan front brake left.
I discovered that when doing a bike tour in Japan :D Coming from Australia, with right hand front brake, took a tiny bit of brain adjusting. Always check your brakes before riding off when riding a different bike :)

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hogehoge wrote:
Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:22 pm
@shonanmike
Japan is front brake right
Not the bikes my wife and I rode last year! Is that from the shop? I wonder if the guy we did the group ride with does his own mechanic work and routes them whichever is his preference.

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Hellgate
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by Hellgate

I've ridden motorcycles for years. I switched my cabled so the front brake lever is always in my right hand.

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shimmeD
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by shimmeD

I also rode motorbikes. I'm in southern hemisphere but prefer R rear. I guess I could change if I ever wanted to ride a motorised 2-wheeler again.
Less is more.

FTPWhor
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by FTPWhor

Right hand front brake is the norm in India.

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by NickJHP

In Australia we drive on the left, so I always setup my front brake to be operated by the left-hand lever. That means I can use my right arm to indicate a right-hand turn across traffic while still having use of the most effective brake.

With rim brakes, having front lever on the left and rear on the right also gives a better path for both the front and rear brake cables. The front cable exiting from the handlebar tape has less of a curve to get to where it enters the brake arm, and ditto for the rear cable, which always runs down or enters/exits the top tube on the left-hand side.

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