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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 2:42 am 
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Can anyone explained to me why we from the UK have the brakes set up properly like a motorcycle and elsewhere they have it set up wrong?


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 3:11 am 
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It's saves your already taxed brain from having to remember what lever to pull

I'd go deeper into it and explain the difference between using your foot vs hand to brake, but I'm guessing that's beyond you


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 3:32 am 
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Right hand is front in the UK isnt it :? I always forget


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 6:09 am 
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dyna-ti wrote:
Right hand is front in the UK isnt it :? I always forget


Yup. I'm used to having the front brake on my right hand but the bikes here in Canada are the other way round.

I just picked up a couple of bikes here and had to swap the cables round before I killed myself.

I was just wondering if there was a reason for it? Or how it come about? Surely can't have anything to do with side of the road we drive on in different countries?


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 6:12 am 
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dyna-ti wrote:
Right hand is front in the UK isnt it :? I always forget

I never knew that


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:00 am 
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front brake should be on the left, thats the proper way.

I believe the reason is (and there have been a zillion htreads on this) is that you are supposed to use the inside arm (the one closest to the centre line of the road) to do hand/arm signals and so the rear brake is set up for the other arm...so left rear for right hand drive contries and the other way around for the left hand drive countries (of course I run it backwards, as I'm just better)


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 9:12 am 
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I run rear on the right, I live in't UK.

There is no right or wrong.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 9:14 am 
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It's revenge for British motorbikes having gears on the wrong side until the 1980s.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 9:21 am 
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I have the front brake lever operated by my strongest hand (right).


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 9:25 am 
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What brake has the most effect at stopping a bike, front or rear?


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