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does anybody but me ride trails brakeless?
not crazy downhill stuff but moderate trails with some downhill and single track.
I come from a bmx background.
I know I am a minority but am I the only one?
I do have a bike with brakes but I still like my brakeless bikes more
 

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stucktruck said:
does anybody but me ride trails brakeless?
not crazy downhill stuff but moderate trails with some downhill and single track.
I come from a bmx background.
I know I am a minority but am I the only one?
I do have a bike with brakes but I still like my brakeless bikes more
So how do you stop, in a hurry, if a trail obstacle were to appear say a person ?
 

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WTF is even the point.
sometimes I like to ride with my hands off the handlebars, but I don't remove the bars from the bike.
Or sometimes I like to coast, but I don't remove the chain.
Sometimes I stand and don't use the seat - but wouldn't ya know it - it's still there :rolleyes:
There is ZERO reason to remove brakes - effin retarded
 

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WTF is even the point.
sometimes I like to ride with my hands off the handlebars, but I don't remove the bars from the bike.
Or sometimes I like to coast, but I don't remove the chain.
Sometimes I stand and don't use the seat - but wouldn't ya know it - it's still there :rolleyes:
There is ZERO reason to remove brakes - effin retarded
This.
 

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I have ridden brakeless so long on bmx that the footjam rear wheel lockup is second nature to me it is instinct. I am also a master at choosing lines to pump and get more speed or scrub off speed,there are lots of ways to lose speed without useing the brakes.

yes it is F-IN RETARTED ,

but it is not unsafe when I do it.

it is unsafe if you dont have the brakeless technique dialed.
I am not suggesting more people try it
I was just wondering if I am the only one
I might be

just to be clear

I agree it is retarted.
 

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Yeah, I'd consider someone a toolbag if I saw them riding brakeless in my area. Going down steep singletrack and meeting another biker or hiker coming up isn't going to leave you with any option other than bombing by them. Locking up the rear tire on a steep, rocky, root covered trail is just going to make it worse. Unless you can somehow "footjam" your front wheel.

Maybe your trails are double track and groomed. Otherwise, see above.
 

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it's not about whether you have the technique to not use brakes. it's about handling all the unexpected things that can happen during riding (not in a bmx park) that requires brakes. unless you are always riding 5 mph or less...
 

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highdelll said:
WTF is even the point.
sometimes I like to ride with my hands off the handlebars, but I don't remove the bars from the bike.
Or sometimes I like to coast, but I don't remove the chain.
Sometimes I stand and don't use the seat - but wouldn't ya know it - it's still there :rolleyes:
There is ZERO reason to remove brakes - effin retarded
AGREED but to the OP try riding without a seat too, that'll make things more interesting than no brakes.
 

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I am not a danger to myself or others.
my average speed on trail rides is about 12 -13mph
like I said before MODERATE trails with SOME downhill and singletrack. not steep rocky root covered downhill singletrack.
the brakeless style is slower and more calculated and controlled than normal rideing.

brakes was obviously the wrong area for me to post this
 

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I am not a danger to myself or others.
I really didn't want to contribute to this thread, but this really is naive. Like it or not, you are both a danger to yourself and others. Attempting to stop with only the rear wheel is only going to protect you and others from so much, regardless of how well "dialed" you have the footjam "technique," and how calculated your approach to riding is.

To your original question, some fixie MTBers ride without brakes, but even most of them have the sense to mount one brake because, hey, unexpected things happen in this wide world of MTB.

I won't mention the perception non-cyclists may have of your riding style upon observing it, and the impact that could have on the image of ALL cyclists and MTBers--oh wait, I just did.

Are you the only one riding brakeless? Probably not, but I hope so. Good luck with all that, and please tell us where and when you'll be riding.

No hate intended in my response. I'm just baffled, I think. Do you wear a helmet?

J
 

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Freaking safety nazis are starting to riot. Theyre like the neighbor that checks your bin if youre properly recycling. You can ride a brakeless bike safely. You just have to work harder at it. If its not illegal and your not encroaching on anybodys rights, more power to you.
 

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Sure, when the actions of the few affect the image of all of us, I'll chime in.

I'm glad you removed the "damn skateboards don't have a brake" comment. I don't see many skateboards on trails. It's also much easier to jump off (bail) from a skateboard than a MTB.

It's a free country. Ride how and what you like. If you feel you can do the brakeless thing safely, go for it. You must not be on proper MTB trails. I hope you don't cause harm or injury to anybody but yourself.

Safety Nazi, out!
 

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You must not be on proper MTB trails.

Safety Nazi, out!
Proper mtb trails. Wow. That just threw me completely off.

Gonna go ride now, needs me proper shorts and proper pedals so i can ride them proper trails. :D

If you cant ditch your bike as fast as you can a skateboard, then i can understand your concern. That, however, is just you. Btw, the hills around me with sidewalks, are just as steep as some proper trails. And the younguns just love gping down them. Unbeknowengst to me, they have some sort of technique to control their speed.
 
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