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post #2086 of 3574

> What I'm reading in your post is you haven't fully developed your braking skills, but are misinterpreting that as a general limitation of the equipment, which is not true.

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Originally Posted by iamthem View Post

Oh that must be because I live in Australia, where we don't get snow. If you've ever experimented with how you brake under normal conditions (asphalt or dirt), you'll find that at maximum braking force simply tapping the back brake will make it skid (dangerously). That's because all of your force is on the front wheel. From what I've found, you can get maximum braking speed by braking just enough so that your back wheel barely carries any weight so you're just about to lift. If you use both brakes and you're working at close to 100% braking force then even if you put a tiny amount of pressure into the back brake the back wheel goes into a skid the whole bike can skid and you may end up in a nasty crash. I don't know how it feels like to brake when it's icy since it obviously doesn't snow in Australia.

I live in Califonia.  Doesn't snow here either.  My back wheel has never skid in any major way when i use just the back brake.  I'm not really sure what you are trying to say in this post. 

post #2088 of 3574

Every time you touch your brakes you don't have to squeeze them to the bar, just apply enough pressure to BOTH to slow down just as you wouldn't put your foot to the floor braking in a car, the same goes for bikes.  If your on ice, don't brake unless you have studded tires otherwise you will go down and it hurts like hell because there is no give in ice.

post #2089 of 3574

Here's an article that was on Bike Radar website for riding in icy conditions and bad weather.

 

http://www.bikeradar.com/road/fitness/article/cycling-in-icy-conditions-and-bad-weather-35865/

post #2090 of 3574

Have this arriving next week for a light commuting pack.

 

 

 

http://missionworkshop.com/products/bags/backpacks/rucksack/sanction.php

post #2091 of 3574

Very stylish...and functional, pigmode.

post #2092 of 3574
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Originally Posted by pigmode View Post

Have this arriving next week for a light commuting pack.

 

 

 

http://missionworkshop.com/products/bags/backpacks/rucksack/sanction.php

Mission workshop bags are amazing. I have been using my monty for about a year and a half!

post #2093 of 3574
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Originally Posted by John In Cali View Post

I live in Califonia.  Doesn't snow here either.  My back wheel has never skid in any major way when i use just the back brake.  I'm not really sure what you are trying to say in this post. 

 

When I use my rear brake on slick roads, dirt, or gravel, my rear wheel skids quite a bit. This happens when I countersteer my body to the left (bike to the right) and hit the rear brake, which makes the rear end slide to the left. It looks similar to this:

 

 

Scary dangerous!

post #2094 of 3574
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Originally Posted by treal512 View Post

 

When I use my rear brake on slick roads, dirt, or gravel, my rear wheel skids quite a bit. This happens when I countersteer my body to the left (bike to the right) and hit the rear brake, which makes the rear end slide to the left. It looks similar to this:

 

 

Scary dangerous!



Of course you're going to skid like that if you brake hard on the back and countersteer your body. That sounds intentional though, why else would you lean like that...

 

post #2095 of 3574
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Originally Posted by pigmode View Post

Have this arriving next week for a light commuting pack.

 

 

 

http://missionworkshop.com/products/bags/backpacks/rucksack/sanction.php

 

Very nice! I love my Mission Workshop VX messenger, and I've looked at the rucksacks as well. I've heard only two complaints about the rucksack. 1) Since all the pockets go all the way to the bottom if you use all of them it can get cramped. 2) Sweaty back. You can't fault the materials and build quality though.

post #2096 of 3574

Those are cool looking bags.

post #2097 of 3574
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Originally Posted by treal512 View Post

 

When I use my rear brake on slick roads, dirt, or gravel, my rear wheel skids quite a bit. This happens when I countersteer my body to the left (bike to the right) and hit the rear brake, which makes the rear end slide to the left. It looks similar to this:

 

 

Scary dangerous!

 

 

 

"Liiike a glove"  Ace Ventura

 

 

 

 

Here's hoping my singlespeed will be completed in the next couple of weeks.

 

post #2098 of 3574

Will that be a fixie or single speed?  Either way that is an awesome bike, I have a couple older Schwinn road frames lurking in my basement and they are some of the best bikes made, at least the old ones anyways.

post #2099 of 3574

I'm still pushing a custom built 1989 Schwinn Prologue down-the-street. It's sentimental...

post #2100 of 3574

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Originally Posted by pigmode View Post

> What I'm reading in your post is you haven't fully developed your braking skills, but are misinterpreting that as a general limitation of the equipment, which is not true.

 

From the master himself: http://sheldonbrown.com/brakturn.html

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