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    Out of fucking control spirito's Avatar
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    People say and think that but it's not true and anyone can easily adapt.

    The reason why left front became the standard (as sidepull brakes gained popularity in Europe) was because most riders are right handed and having the less powerful left hand control the more powerful front brake made for a better brake balance (or bias). Over the years brakes have become lighter in feel and levers better designed to actuate with less input to where it's not an issue any more.

    It really doesn't matter which way you set up your front brakes but this old wog won't hesitate in tsk tsk'ing you for using a right front strictly from a style perspective. I also think it's safer in Oz to have a left front as most of our right turns require you to either signal and/or cut accross traffic and I'm much more comfortable knowing my left hand/front brake is at the ready.

    I'll also add that whingers who want to replicate what's on their motor bikes can get stuffed. Bicycles came first.
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    I only ride brakeless fixies so this debate is largely academic.
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    i had to scrap, and start again with my muscle memory when swicthing from wii to ps3 for call of duty.

    i've learned from the pwning, i'm not gonna do the same on my bike.
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    Popcorn thread.

    Right front, left rear. Maybe on a show bike I'd do it differently, but I value my flesh too much to mix it up on a bike I ride a lot. Just shorten the cable runs and you wont be left with ugly loops of cable from bars to front caliper.

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    owing to my rampant obsession with 'cross i run left/front, right/rear as this makes dismounts massively smoother (you can control braking while mid-dismount without endo-ing or having to 'bart wellens' dismount).

    plus thats what the PROs do.

    irrespective - i'm co-ordinationally challenged enough normally that im not switching as the resultant crashes will not be nice.
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    As Spirito said, you can easily adapt - I've changed them up fairly frequently on a range of different bikes depending on which way gave me the best cable routing... and it's never fouled with my motorbike riding (just like when I get back on my treadly, I don't try and change gears with my fuking foot)
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    Quote Originally Posted by spirito View Post
    People say and think that but it's not true and anyone can easily adapt.
    Yeah, just ride with your arms crossed.

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    I call BS spirito- I mean you're recommending changing a fundamental part of bike control, because of some obscure Euro aesthetic. No thanks, I'd rather not crash.
    There is no point in changing if you are happy with front/right.

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    I remember an interview with Renshaw, and he was saying he is one of the few in the peleton without "euro braking"

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    Quote Originally Posted by horatio View Post
    I call BS
    If the euros do it, it must be correct. More likely, they use the left hand on the front brake to strengthen their left hand so that when paying homage to themsleves, they can spread the load (yes) of of doing so over 2 hands.

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