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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 3:43 pm 
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The suggestion is that when turning you won't be needing hard braking. That should be done before you remove you hands from the brakes. I don't like turning and using the front brake. It is against all common sense. You never brake a leaning, or turning (in the sense that its changing direction) wheel. You reach the correct speed to turn before turning.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 3:44 pm 
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Also with the exceptions of above your brakes should be correct for the period of the bike. After all this is about old bikes isn't it?


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 4:05 pm 
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mattsccm wrote:
Also with the exceptions of above your brakes should be correct for the period of the bike. After all this is about old bikes isn't it?


Absolutely - that's why front left is correct. Look at all the old pro's, they did it this way - and a lot of top TT'ers.

In the end it's personal preference. I like it the way I do it - and I've never had a problem (yet :) ).


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 4:13 pm 
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+1 front left, hate getting on a bike that isn't


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 4:32 pm 
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monty dog wrote:
Side pull brakes are designed for a lefthand front lever...it means I have a nice, single curve to the caliper rather than a convoluted S-bend. Better solution for when you have short stem or headtube and concealed cables.


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The frame and brakes dictate how the cables are run imo for the smoothest cable run.

The one that gets me is STI's which sometime have a very tight curve at the headtube. After working on quite a few bikes I noticed that Specialized bikes cross over under the downtube to maintain a smooth run. I have since started doing this too, unless the build dictates that I shouldn't....I sound like a bike whisperer :D


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:24 pm 
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Front left, just like the Dark Lord.


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