Unique Braking Technique

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Gavin Gilbert, 25 Jul 2007.

  1. Gavin Gilbert

    Gavin Gilbert New Member

    The Capital City
    Seen on the Uxbridge Road this evening. A male on a shed of an old MTB. As I passed him I noticed he had no brakes fitted at all.

    A few hundred yards down the road I was slowing to avoid unclipping at a red light and he zooms passed me, then lifts both feet off the pedals and proceeds to execute a 'backwards running motion' to brake :biggrin:

    Must of missed slamming into the back of a Merc SLK by about 5cm :smile: Lights turn green and I pass him again. This time I notice his headset is secured with a jubilee clip :biggrin:
  2. purpleR

    purpleR Senior Member

    That's a great story. I bet he's got some interesting philosophies on life...
  3. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Auld Reekie
    Shame you didn't have one of those helmet cams, that something which would fun to watch...
  4. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Penarth, Wales
    There are many bikes out here with no brakes and I've seen many ways used to stop them. They range from the obvious dragging the feet along the ground to the very dodgey practice of putting the sole of the shoe on the back of the front tyre. Usually they manage to stop without hitting anything!!!!!!!
  5. ufkacbln

    ufkacbln Guest

    All children start with the"Trainer" as the braking system.

    Some of us advance to Shimano / Campag systems, others simply stay with "Clarks" or now "Nike".
  6. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Salford, UK
    Yup, disconnected brakes and the 'plantar aspect of the posterior distal limb/road surface friction method' (sole of the foot on the floor) is common among yoof. On tryout roadshows, we sometimes had to explain to kids using our properly set up bikes that there is actually another way to stop a bike....
  7. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    loved to have seen that

    I've ridden once or twice with useless brakes, usually worn out or unhooked brakes

    it's seriously not clever if you're going to do any sort of speed whatsoever
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