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    before i get yelled at i searched (brakes/ braking)
    im sorry to start this but i dont understand
    how brakes work on a unicycle
    (pdc is possibly selling me a 28 with brakes)
    do you go into home position and brake and fly forward
    or does it just slow you down
    what happens

    thanks and sorry in advance if i created a stupid thread
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  • #2
    It's for riding downhill, not stopping.
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    • #3
      huh
      well thanks

      Flatland would be pointless to put brakes on i guess
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      • #4
        You're going downhill and you finally realize that your cadence is actually faster than you can maintain.....WOOPS! Too late, you can't slow down because the grade is too much. "What will I do?!"

        There you go: brakes.

        Indeed, not so much for flatland; though if you do it right, it can make for impressive-looking stops on a 36".
        Last edited by Joseppi; 2007-09-12, 04:53 AM.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Joseppi
          You're going downhill and you finally realize that your cadence is actually faster than you can maintain.....WOOPS! Too late, you can't slow down because the grade is too much. "What will I do?!"
          Plan ahead better next time. I'd be terrified to try my brake under those conditions! When using the brake on long downhills I usually keep the speed pretty conservative. You never know when you might hit a bump and accidentally grab the lever, or the pads will heat up and get real grabby.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by johnfoss
            Plan ahead better next time. I'd be terrified to try my brake under those conditions! When using the brake on long downhills I usually keep the speed pretty conservative. You never know when you might hit a bump and accidentally grab the lever, or the pads will heat up and get real grabby.
            Oh yeah, I've definitely grabbed the lever by accident before...bad things happen. Admittedly, that's not the best scenario I gave before; just the most realistically outrageous one I could write in a few seconds.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Joseppi
              Admittedly, that's not the best scenario I gave before; just the most realistically outrageous one I could write in a few seconds.
              Maybe, 'im holding an ok cadence downhill but my legs are giving out soon so i get on the brake to ease the force on my legs' would be beter, it's what i use it for.
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              • #8
                They will work like brakes. With enough pressure, it will stop the tire from spinning, making you slid, or making you die. Well, more like being flung off head first. Pretty sweet footage though.

                Light and controlled pressure, and it keeps you form going to fast, conserve your legs when doing long step descents.

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                • #9
                  Brakes can also make technical downhill Muni easier.

                  You need to lean back a bit when you apply it. Get very used to it before you need it.
                  Last edited by skilewis74; 2007-09-12, 04:52 PM.
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                  • #10
                    you just got get some air in the line, or if yall got a cable brake, loosen it up. it just slows ya down a bit when ur feet get ya goin to fast, or if you need to slow the beast down in a short amount of time
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by yunisyko
                      you just got get some air in the line, or if yall got a cable brake, loosen it up. it just slows ya down a bit when ur feet get ya goin to fast, or if you need to slow the beast down in a short amount of time

                      I dont want any air in my line thank you much.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by kington99
                        Maybe, 'im holding an ok cadence downhill but my legs are giving out soon so i get on the brake to ease the force on my legs' would be beter, it's what i use it for.
                        Yes, I know that's what they're used for, I was just being goofy before. Sucks that inflections don't come across in text.
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