Cycling in Sydney Australia
My eyes, the goggles, they do nothing!
F*ck I would have loved to see one of these tonight. Fixie rider nearly killed 3 cyclists on the way home due to her inability to brake.
But that is an unrelated rant.
The goggles do nothing for me either haha.
Since one of the few bicycle-related things I have pretty well failed to pick up on this forum is any real technical knowledge, would someone care to please explane...?
Fixie riders don't like having brakes as it's 'uncool', they also like having teenie tiny handlebars as let's face it, the ability to steer properly is so overated. (I'm saying this tongue in cheek just in case anyone takes offence)
I'm guessing this is the cool way of having brakes and since real fixies don't freewheel then having brakes there should work, I'm just not sure how well.
the ability to steer properly is so overated
Hardly evolution since the image is from 2008
I guess you'd need to apply a lot of force to the brake lever for that brake to be effective, as it's geared down compared to the wheels. Could grind through brake pads quite fast, and get hot.
And the chain would need to be be tensioned well, as otherwise it would grab as the slack is taken up.
I guess it could work, but it looks like a very complicated, less than reliable way to achieve something quite simple. Perhaps the bike frame / forks are not drilled for caliper brakes?
They'd be using their legs to brake most of the time - I've got a few mates who ride fixed brakeless. The disk would be for emergencies - and the chains are usually thicker than normal chains to avoid breaking. All fixed bikes are in the poo if the chain fails. I'd always have a front brake as a minimum, but then you can'd do fun stuff like ride backwards and spin the bars :)
I am sure I have commented on this pic here before... where has it gone or is this a second time round....?