What Have You Fettled Today?

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by threebikesmcginty, 29 Sep 2011.

  1. Thomson

    Thomson Well-Known Member

    In the workshop today At lunch I took off my two jockey wheels they were covered in gunk. Really amazed me how dirty they were. Cleaned them up. Felt Quicker cycling home probly just in my head tho. :-).
     
  2. ADarkDraconis

    ADarkDraconis Cardinal Member

    Location:
    Ohio, USA
    Are our brakes reversed? I thought everyone had the rear brake on the right and front on the left, same as motorcycles.
     
  3. Salty seadog

    Salty seadog Space Cadet...(3rd Class...)

    Right= front brake, left= rear over here.
     
  4. si_c

    si_c Veteran

    Location:
    Wirral
    You tend to have the brakes the wrong way around, it's better to have your dominant hand controlling your more powerful brake. Of course if you are left handed you are fine :okay:
     
  5. arch684

    arch684 Veteran

    It all depends on which side of the road you drive/cycle
     
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  6. GravityFighter

    GravityFighter Senior Member

    Location:
    Leeds
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    Summer bike has been in for an overhaul (wishful thinking, I know)!

    Full service, new bar tape and Hunt wheels on with tubeless Hutchinson tyres. An 11-32 on the back for a couple of hilly sportives I have, just in case I need the bailout gear.

    Yet to ride in anger but she looks like a new bike.
     
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  7. dave r

    dave r The Little Diesel

    Location:
    Holbrooks Coventry
    I've got mine to do next week, I brought the stuff I need this week, I just need to have a good look at the inner chainring in case that needs changing.
     
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  8. GravityFighter

    GravityFighter Senior Member

    Location:
    Leeds

    Good stuff. My winter bike is now on the turbo as I got addicted to Zwift over the last few months. So if I decide to brave the weather it has to be on this!
     
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  9. ADarkDraconis

    ADarkDraconis Cardinal Member

    Location:
    Ohio, USA
    For most righties it seems convenient to have the brake that you use most often on that side. Rear brake is usually used first and more often in my experience. Generally it is used for slowing and is applied by itself at times, where you wouldn't do so with a front brake so as not to go rear over tea kettle but would apply it in conjunction with the rear. I am ambidextrous so dominance doesn't come into play for me, but I am used to things being outfitted for right-handers. It makes sense the way it is set up here, but maybe that's because I am used to it.

    Then again, our gearshifts are on the right, making it easier for right-handed drivers to shift.
     
  10. si_c

    si_c Veteran

    Location:
    Wirral
    I rarely use my rear brake these days, always the front as it's more powerful. I've always been told that around 80% of stopping power comes from the front brake, so I use that. If you pull on the brake so hard that you go over the handlebars, then that's a braking technique issue rather than a problem with the brakes themselves.
     
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  11. dave r

    dave r The Little Diesel

    Location:
    Holbrooks Coventry

    I swap from gears to fixed at the end of October when the clocks change, ride fixed through the winter and get the geared bike out at the end of March when the clocks change again and ride gears through the summer.
     
  12. dave r

    dave r The Little Diesel

    Location:
    Holbrooks Coventry
    On the bike I rarely use the back brake, most of the time I use front only, I only use the back when it's slippery.
     
  13. ADarkDraconis

    ADarkDraconis Cardinal Member

    Location:
    Ohio, USA
    This is very unlike most cyclists here (that I know of.) I only ever use my front brake when coming to a full stop usually or slowing from a very high speed quickly, and then it is always still with my rear brake. I was always taught that back is used first and for regulating speed, and front is for stopping. Amazing how everyone is so different in their riding techniques (probably as different as our bikes, haha!)
     
  14. RealLeeHimself

    RealLeeHimself Just keep peddling, just keep peddling...

    This is how I use my brakes too.
     
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  15. They're reverse compared to the UK and Ireland (left/rear). I guess, but Im no expert, it's because we drive on the left its like that. I think other European countries that drive on the right like you also have the right/rear combo :-) Just to confuse matters I think some folk prefer them your way as its neater for cable runs (that's why I originally set them up your way) :-)
     
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