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Old 2018-01-16, 03:03 PM   #13
finnspin
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Location: Lüneburg,Germany
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A brake is only useful if you use it, otherwise it's just an expensive attachment to your uni waiting to break. You can use it to come to a quick stop if necessary, but that will take some practice. It's really not as impossible as people tend to make it sound on here, you just have to not be afraid of leaning back.

How necessary they are depends on your commute. If it's a mostly quiet bike path, I wouldn't go for one, if it's inner city with cars and pedestrians, I would definetely think about it.

EDIT/ADDITION: Beginners will definetely need to collect a whole lot of experience before they can make use of a brake. But if you are going onto roads and busy sidewalks where a brake would help, you shouldn't be a beginner anymore anyways..
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