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#1 2012-11-27 3:30am

Brian74
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Brakes or no brakes for flatland.

Im getting back into flatland. Its been yrs since ive done it. I see alot of flatlanders running no brakes. I have a GT SHOW. Thoughts?


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#2 2012-11-27 4:07am

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Re: Brakes or no brakes for flatland.

I would, running no brakes is just a dumb idea/unsafe. It also eats through shoes - one nice shoes can be ground to nothing in about a day


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#3 2012-11-27 5:28am

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Re: Brakes or no brakes for flatland.

I've always been a brake guy. I felt taking off the brakes would limit the tricks I could do. Last winter I took them off my flat bike just to test myself.  While it did limit certain things, it also forced me to focus more on what I was doing.  I was actually psyched how much I could do. 

If you're just getting back into it, maybe leave them on till you get yourself 'warmed up' a bit. Then take take them off. You might surprise yourself!  You can always put them back on if you just don't like it.

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#4 2012-11-27 8:46am

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Re: Brakes or no brakes for flatland.

Depends on what style of tricks you think you would do. My main bikes are brakeless cause i do alot of rolling tricks without scuffing but I keep a couple bikes with full brakes to mess around on too. Also consider whether or not you'd be riding around town, some places have laws where brakes are required.
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#5 2012-11-27 9:25am

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Re: Brakes or no brakes for flatland.

Try w/out why not then slapem on if you want later. It will keep you rolling & well balanced.


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#6 2012-11-27 3:03pm

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Re: Brakes or no brakes for flatland.

No brakes... I just started a couple of years ago I dont see any use in em. I gotta buddy just got back after 20 years off riding new flat rig with brakes. The more we ride together the more he realizes theyre not really needed. You should try a new flat bike way more responsive than a show.


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#7 2012-11-27 3:23pm

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Re: Brakes or no brakes for flatland.

A lot of the guys I've seen whether they spin or scuff, are using just a front brake, and maybe a freecoaster on the rear. I've seen Dane Beardsley and Alex Jumelin both kill it brakeless too.


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#8 2012-11-27 3:35pm

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Re: Brakes or no brakes for flatland.

poppa wheelie wrote:

Try w/out why not then slapem on if you want later. It will keep you rolling & well balanced.

Im gonna take ur advice and try it without for a bit.


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#9 2012-11-27 3:36pm

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Re: Brakes or no brakes for flatland.

Leone4130 wrote:

Depends on what style of tricks you think you would do. My main bikes are brakeless cause i do alot of rolling tricks without scuffing but I keep a couple bikes with full brakes to mess around on too. Also consider whether or not you'd be riding around town, some places have laws where brakes are required.
Here's an idea, sell me your show lol

Hahaha...not a good idea. ( sell the Show ).


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#10 2012-11-27 3:39pm

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Re: Brakes or no brakes for flatland.

jsngrimm wrote:

I would, running no brakes is just a dumb idea/unsafe. It also eats through shoes - one nice shoes can be ground to nothing in about a day

Running no brakes is unsafe, I have hit several things,big things. But it makes you focus more. That is also why I have a pair of good shoes for brake bikes,and walmart shoes for brakeless bikes.

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#11 2012-11-27 5:38pm

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Re: Brakes or no brakes for flatland.

I dont think I could do any of my goofy old tricks without brakes.
I dont think I would want to actually.
Changes the whole vibe of riding to me.
Then again, Im over 40.


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#12 2012-11-27 5:59pm

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Re: Brakes or no brakes for flatland.

If you ran them BITD, run them at least until you get your skills back.

It will be safer, plus you'd miss doing your old tricks and that's no fun.  If you aren't enjoying yourself, you won't stick with it.

You can always take them off later if you're ready.

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#13 2012-11-27 6:02pm

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Re: Brakes or no brakes for flatland.

leave them on, just because they're on there doesn't mean you need to use them

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#14 2012-11-27 6:08pm

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Re: Brakes or no brakes for flatland.

Leave them on at first,if you start getting your mojo back you can try some brakeless tricks.I am a brake man myself and love doing whiplashes,done 4-5 without brakes but things get out of hand quickly.

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#15 2012-11-27 8:28pm

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Re: Brakes or no brakes for flatland.

I wondered this same question myself. I've been seeing a lot of guys going brakeless, and it's sick what they can do! I used to run loose brakes just to tap to catch my balance on rolling tricks, but maybe it's a crutch cuz I know they're there. As I ease back into riding I think I'm gonna use brakes, (As suggested from a few members) an as I grow more comfortable, try it without them.


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#16 2012-11-27 8:36pm

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Re: Brakes or no brakes for flatland.

Lots of good points from both sides here.

I myself still love to do old school tricks that require brakes so there is no way I could go brakeless.

It's like stated above, they are there in case you need them, don't use them if you don't want to.

Some may argue that brakes add weight but the new school brakes weigh hardly anything so I don't think that's a valid point.

The brakes being a psychological crutch does make sense though.

But again, why not keep them there JUST in case?

I remember once I was riding flatland and there was a slight drizzle, I forgot to wipe my wheels down, went for a fire hydrant to decade and was moving very fast, went for the front brake tap, NOTHING....smacked my head right into the ground so fast I didn't even have time to react....my hands were still holding the bars.

No brakes to me is just unsafe.


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