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Old 05-11-2007, 03:01 PM   #4006
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Mine's on the left, guess I have no issue with confusing which bike I'm on. I'll leave well enough alone.
Me neither, my mountain bikes and bmx bikes are set up normal left=front. but since I only have one brake on the fixed, I'll have it on the right.
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Old 05-11-2007, 03:09 PM   #4007
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I had a thought.. Any mtb'ers live in the AngelesNotionalForest area, eg. MarshalCanyon, Clairmont'ish area. I'm always looking for people to ride with, hit me up..
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Old 05-11-2007, 03:41 PM   #4008
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Also far less likely to launch yerself if you 'oops!' and grab too much brake. Useta be less of an issue 'cause like old Tullio sez 'brakes are just there to slow you down...'
Personally, though my right hand has much better dexterity than the left, it's not that much stronger (this suggests that the difference is just a few percent, for most folks). With decent brakes, either hand can generate enough lever force to put me over the bars if I'm not careful, and I can better modulate lever force for progressive braking with the right.

I've never had a problem with grabbing too much brake, set up this way. A couple of days ago a slower moving cyclist stopped suddenly ahead of me, and the surrounding traffic situation was such that I had no alternative but to grab a big handful of front brake. Though my ass was in the saddle, the rear wheel came off the ground a bit (first time I've ever done that on any vehicle). But I was nowhere near going over the bars.
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Old 05-11-2007, 03:44 PM   #4009
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Personally, though my right hand has much better dexterity than the left, it's not that much stronger (this suggests that the difference is just a few percent, for most folks). With decent brakes, either hand can generate enough lever force to put me over the bars if I'm not careful, and I can better modulate lever force for progressive braking with the right.

I've never had a problem with grabbing too much brake, set up this way. A couple of days ago a slower moving cyclist stopped suddenly ahead of me, and the surrounding traffic situation was such that I had no alternative but to grab a big handful of front brake. Though my ass was in the saddle, the rear wheel came off the ground a bit (first time I've ever done that on any vehicle). But I was nowhere near going over the bars.
I've SEEN what happens when noobs grab big handfuls of front brake. Not pretty.

Experienced riders = usually OK.

YMMV

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Old 05-11-2007, 06:36 PM   #4010
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Mtn bike or road bike?

If its a mtn bike, just remove the cable ends from the levers and swap the whole shootin match from one side to the other. Iffen its road brakes, then yer gonna hafta unwrap and re-wrap (or cut the housing and install in-line adjusters) and possibly get a new cable for the rear brake. I allatime re-use the rear cables as fronts. Saves $$

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Old 05-11-2007, 06:39 PM   #4011
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MTB, good thing since my re-wrap jobs suck!
Kewl. You won't even need any wrenches!



I like that kind of wrenching!

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Old 05-11-2007, 07:04 PM   #4012
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not be a hard-on, but I've got an on-topic question

What speed do bicycle digital speedometers go up to? Do all of 'em max-out at the same speed?

And it is a riot when someone tries out a bike and pulls the wrong brake
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Old 05-11-2007, 07:12 PM   #4013
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not be a hard-on, but I've got an on-topic question

What speed do bicycle digital speedometers go up to? Do all of 'em max-out at the same speed?

And it is a riot when someone tries out a bike and pulls the wrong brake
I just bought a new cat-eye after my 6 week old ascent took a dump. It advertised like 189mph max, or something utterly ridiculous like that. If you're thinking motorcycle use, I tried on my KZ. I couldn't come up with a way to mount the magnet that I liked.
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Old 05-12-2007, 12:36 AM   #4014
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I have on all my bikes except my new stumpjumper, which has hydraulics, so its not so easy to switch.
Hey Pierce,

You must have Shimano integrated units because otherwise you just pull the grips and swap the levers (leaving the lines intact) . Most disc brake levers are designed to run swapped out like this. Or, if you are lucky, your levers have a double clamp and you don't even need to pull the grips. I borrow a friends Nomad when I'm visiting Santa Cruz and he rides moto and I ride NA standard so I do a quick swap before the ride and put it back when I'm done.

You can see in this pic of my Avids that the lever clamp is a two-piece/two bolt design which makes swapping a cinch.




There is no right and wrong on brake/side position, it's all just preference.
Go with what you think is safest for you.
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Old 05-12-2007, 01:08 AM   #4015
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Hey Pierce,

You must have Shimano integrated units because otherwise you just pull the grips and swap the levers (leaving the lines intact) .

they are -are- shimano, I guess I should look closer and see if the brakes are seperate from the gears. per specialized webpile, my 03 SJ FSR Disc has...
  • BRAKE LEVERS - Shimano M-525 full hydraulic disc
  • SHIFT LEVERS - Shimano M-510 Deore, 9 speed
  • FRONT BRAKE - Shimano M-525 full hydraulic disc, resin pads, 6" rotor
  • REAR BRAKE - Shimano M-525 full hydraulic disc, resin pads, 6" rotor
  • FRONT DERAILLEUR - Shimano M-510 Deore, 34.9mm clamp, top pull
  • REAR DERAILLEUR - Shimano M-750 XT, long cage
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Old 05-12-2007, 01:32 AM   #4016
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they are -are- shimano,
  • BRAKE LEVERS - Shimano M-525 full hydraulic disc
  • SHIFT LEVERS - Shimano M-510 Deore, 9 speed

Looks like you are golden........should be an easy swap.

How's the weather in beautiful SC? Have you checked out the new bike park down by the boardwalk? (at the site of the old skateboard park)
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Old 05-12-2007, 02:23 AM   #4017
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Nice rig!!

What your gear inches on that, what size the chainring?

That's a commuter alright
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That would be more like it in a month of training

6 months ago i was running

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Source : http://www.sheldonbrown.com/gears/
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Old 05-12-2007, 07:12 AM   #4018
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Well, I went and test rode the Trek 7.5 yesterday and it totally brought out the hooligan in me.

I pick her up on Saturday.

That's a sweet mount Queen. Those paired spoke wheels look nice. I have a flat bar road bike too. It loses some of the aero advantage and unless you put on bar ends, your hands can get tired. I put short bar ends on mine. Having multiple hand positions can make a big difference in comfort on longer rides.
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Old 05-12-2007, 08:15 AM   #4019
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That's a sweet mount Queen. Those paired spoke wheels look nice. I have a flat bar road bike too. It loses some of the aero advantage and unless you put on bar ends, your hands can get tired. I put short bar ends on mine. Having multiple hand positions can make a big difference in comfort on longer rides.
Thanks Paul! I have a Trek 1500 for my road bike so I've got the longer rides covered, this new one is going to be my commuter bike. I think the 32's for tires will be plenty zippy for the commute (as opposed to the mtb tires I've been riding).
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Old 05-12-2007, 08:19 AM   #4020
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1768.3


Sheldon Brown's website

44
1577.4

That would be more like it in a month of training



6 months ago i was running

44
1389.3


Source : http://www.sheldonbrown.com/gears/

For some reason I can't get this calculator to figure my fixed gear ratio (or I'm really stupid this morning).

I think I'm riding a 76 inch - with a 48-17 drive.


You were riding an 89.3 Damn dude, that's huge!
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