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  • 05-28-2009 | 08:05 AM
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  • So to sum up most posts...I should practice?

    I know a polish guy at work and I overheard him talking to a friend of mine (who is interested in getting his license) and he was saying never use the front brake, only the rear. I could NOT get through to this guy that the front brake does almost all of the stopping done right so he went off talking about all his "experience" riding, apparently he toured Europe in the 70's, all using just his rear brake. The guy knows 6 languages but how the hell he is still alive I'll never know!
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  • 05-28-2009 | 10:11 AM
  • Trip
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    So to sum up most posts...I should practice?

    I know a polish guy at work and I overheard him talking to a friend of mine (who is interested in getting his license) and he was saying never use the front brake, only the rear. I could NOT get through to this guy that the front brake does almost all of the stopping done right so he went off talking about all his "experience" riding, apparently he toured Europe in the 70's, all using just his rear brake. The guy knows 6 languages but how the hell he is still alive I'll never know!
    front brake is awesome on street, rear brake is awesome on dirt/gravel.
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  • 05-28-2009 | 11:52 PM
  • Particle Man
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    So to sum up most posts...I should practice?

    I know a polish guy at work and I overheard him talking to a friend of mine (who is interested in getting his license) and he was saying never use the front brake, only the rear. I could NOT get through to this guy that the front brake does almost all of the stopping done right so he went off talking about all his "experience" riding, apparently he toured Europe in the 70's, all using just his rear brake. The guy knows 6 languages but how the hell he is still alive I'll never know!
    tell him to find a track, place cones out and have a bike go the same speed (say even just 25 mph or kph or whatever) for 3 runs: Have 1 hit just the rear brake at the cones and measure the distance it took to stop... then have the 2nd hit just the front brake at the cones and measure the distance it took to stop... on the 3rd run hit both and measure the distance it took to stop.

    Then kick the guy in the balls for being a dumbass. The gene pool is contaminated enough.
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