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Thread: Disk Brakes - Why Front and Rear
16th December 2016 #11
- Join Date
- Jun 2013
- NW England
But anyway, and as you intimate, a "panic" reaction changes over time, as the dangerous thing hoves rapidly into view. My initial reaction these days is to avoid braking and rely on steering. One can often avoid the dangerous thing more easily and without disaster by finding the escape route rather than grabbing a brake and losing control as the tyres go sideways instead of forward. We cyclists are quite narrow and also agile.
This dodging technique has now become second nature (i.e. of the unthinking variety) after many near misses in which braking was the least effective thing to do. Happily I didn't hit any dangerous things whilst learning this; but during the brake-skids this was good luck and nothing more.
16th December 2016 #12
- Join Date
- Jul 2004
I'm happy with my chorus brakes on my racer, but use hydraulic disks on my hybrid. They are def superior in everyway, and I haven't had to service or replace the pads after nearly 18 months of daily commuting. Don't see them as an option for my racer though.