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 Post subject: Just for something a bit different
PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 3:05 pm 
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After a few rides with a dual pull brake lever I chose to go back to a more traditional (?) braking set-up. This is all to do with riding with one controlling arm and riding muddy, rooty downhills is hard enough without the perils of the dual lever. Don't get me wrong, they have their place on my single speed and my husky rig (dryland mushing thing). But when you need to work the rear brake and leave the front alone so you can get around an off-camber muddy downhill corner, the dual lever just doesn't deliver!

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 Post subject: Re: Just for something a bit different
PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 3:37 pm 
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Which one is which?

Jedi says "there is only one brake on a mountain bike" Very true, i very rarely use the rear, unless i'm out with the dog and i'm holding the lead in my right hand.

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 Post subject: Re: Just for something a bit different
PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 3:39 pm 
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Sometimes I really feel that it's best to stick with the simple approach so I usually deal with off camber muddy downhill corners by just falling off :)


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 Post subject: Re: Just for something a bit different
PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 3:48 pm 
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Surfbum - rear is the lower lever, front brake the upper.

LOL bugeye. Yes, that was pretty much the approach I went for. I was 'playing' in a wooded section in a small park near me. There a c.400m dh section with a few roots, including a couple that are effectively a 8-10" step down. I was trying out my new fork and just seeing how everything was working, but had built a bit of speed near the bottom and 'that turn'. I could pull the brakes too hard or the front would wipe out. I didn't quite fall, but I did get a little too intimate with some bush(es)! ;-)

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 Post subject: Re: Just for something a bit different
PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 3:51 pm 
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Surfbum: http://www.snowpawstore.com/bikejoring- ... r-kit.html

No more holding the lead. I made my own rather than spend £70+.

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 Post subject: Re: Just for something a bit different
PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 3:54 pm 
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Well i think this epic, good luck to you.

Thanks for the link. My soppy sod would somehow manage to get me tangled up lol,
Now got two dogs but the young one is not big enough to play bikes yet.

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 Post subject: Re: Just for something a bit different
PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 4:05 pm 
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Thanks!

I've two siberian huskies and a spaniel cross, so all need plenty of running! I run the huskies in harness about 5 days a week. Check out t his action clip: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10 ... =3&theater

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 5:47 pm 
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This is when the mechanical dual wouldn't work right because it wasn't pulling even on both? Sort of problem I like to solve would like to see it and get a better feel for why it doesn't work as expected. It intrigues me

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 Post subject: Re: Just for something a bit different
PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 6:08 pm 
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The dual lever works in the sense that both brakes will operate quite well using it. It pulled evenly but it still meant that I couldn't give a heavy dose of rear brake only when needed.

But I do think, as I mentioned, that there's a place for them and there are some great designs - Paul's Component Dual Lever in particular. What's a very interesting idea is http://olisparrow.co.uk/work_xflow.html
But not in production :(

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 Post subject: Re: Just for something a bit different
PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 6:16 pm 
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VW-surfbum wrote:
My soppy sod would somehow manage to get me tangled up


:( Not very nice! Poor Storm he read this forum.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 9:51 pm 
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Lol Spencer

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 Post subject: Re: Just for something a bit different
PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:54 pm 
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Hi , I thought i was the only silly person taking ddogs out on bikes.
I have two now , large and a smaller one .
They got the hang of watching my front wheel pretty quick .
Also they keep my side of lamp posts only got pulled off back wards twice.
Good for a quick bail out lesson.

The thing I was going to say is that at the Weald Air Field market there was a chappie making leads up .
He has a hook each end on a leather strap 10 feet long with a ring in the middle which I then attach to my back bag gives you hands free to hold bar.
the dogs run along side -can be shortened by use of another ring along the strap.

Works well.
He called it a training lead ( looks for horses ) .

Anyway the dogs enjoy it and are better on the roads then some pedestrians and car drivers for sure.
bob


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 Post subject: Re: Just for something a bit different
PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:12 pm 
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In the summer i regularly went out with my black Labrador and bike, just got to dangerous with her stopping right in front of me!


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