[CR] Safety on brakeless bikes

(Example: Bike Shops)

From: Tom Sanders <tom@orderandchaos.com>
To: <Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 09:35:36 -0400
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Subject: [CR] Safety on brakeless bikes

My good friend Gabriel Romeu in an off line communicated raised an issue I haven't thought of about brakeless bikes and I thought I'd bring it up here. He suggests that a rider skidding his rear wheel might have a chain brake and go sailing through a busy intersection and may not be willing to do very much such skidding anyway because of the likelyhood of ruining an expensive tire. I have never had a chain fail and I am wondering on just how likely this might be. I feel it is really a powerful argument for having brakes on a fixed gear bike (Mine has two). If this is all too off topic for discussion, I'm sure Dale will let me know.he is not shy, I find.

Tom Sanders

Lansing, MI USA