Rear Brake Only?

Discussion in 'Fixed Gear and Single Speed' started by Steve-W, 12 Aug 2012.

  1. Steve-W

    Steve-W Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Devon
    Hi, I have a Cannondale M1000 which I'm converting to singlespeed, I am considering having a rigid carbon fork and having just a single rear brake ...does anyone just run a rear brake? Or have you done so and found it too dangerous. The bike will be used only on urban routes and not at high speed.
    Cheers
    Steve
     
  2. lordloveaduck

    lordloveaduck Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Birmingham
    Bikes legally have to have two brakes, just saying because incase of an accident the courts may bring that point up.
     
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  3. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Location:
    Penarth, Wales
    If you are only going to have one brake then it should be the front one as that is the one that is the most effective in slowing or stopping you. If by single speed you mean fixed gear then your legs will brake the rear wheel via the pedals. If the single speed is a free wheel then two brakes are needed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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  4. OP
    OP
    Steve-W

    Steve-W Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Devon
    Yep..well thanks guys, I think two brakes is a must...it was just a passing thought...pity that thought didnt pass a bit quicker LOL :smile:

    Cheers
    Steve
     
  5. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    my first fixie build uses just a fr brake as rear bridge is not drill for rr brake mounting , i would certainly recomend using at least a fr brake . i had to change fr steel rimmed wheel for an alloy rimmed one to get enough braking force using just one brake .

    my 2nd fixie build will have 2 brakes as this time donor frame has mounts fr and rr
     
  6. Old Plodder

    Old Plodder Living at the top of a steep 2 mile climb

    With regards to brakes, it is necessary to have a front brake fitted to a fixed wheel bike, or you could end up in court.
     
  7. Boris Bajic

    Boris Bajic Guest

    Not just court...

    You could end up in any building you're riding towards when you find yourself unable to stop.
     
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