Re: considering mountain bikingkimba wrote:
> see- this is why I lurk.
> Of COURSE you use both brakes- but - as I had said in my post- I had
> experienced a fairly serious endo- which by definition indicates
> incorrect use of the front brake.
> I indicated also when I said "right brake" that it was the rear
> brake. As for advice- that was not advice- if I was offering advice I
> would've been a bit more defining, and indicate that feathering with
> the right, or rear brake is important, especially because the most
> stopping power is in the front brake.
> I thought I was giving information to someone who was in the same
> experience bracket as myself, the same age, with similar health
> issues. And more importantly giving them the support to just go and
> Sorry you took my post so wrong...
> and by the way- since you are such an expert- where is your advice to
> this newbie?
> Where is your support for somebody to join this great sport?
> You're quick to jump on me- but you didn't answer his post at all-
> did you?
sorry to jump in so late.
let me share an experience I had several years at bike camp. At the
beginning of one of the skill sessions, we were asked how many of us used
our front/left brake. The answer was a unanimous "none". It seems that we
were all "trained" to NOT use the front brake by well meaning friends,
boyfriends, whatever. To sum it up, we got reamed by the coach and then
spent an entire morning learning how to use a front brake correctly. That
means, understanding that the front brake is 60% of your stopping power, and
yes that grabbing it might cause a rectal/crainial inversion but that
doesn't mean you don't use it. We had to practice things like controlling a
steep descent using ony the front brake, and going as slow as you can, but
not stopping, using the front brake for control.
I used to endo a lot but I never caught on that I was doing panic grabs and
didn't know it, I just thought I was a lame rider. ;-)
I wish I had this info when I first started riding, but I didn't. Bottom
line is that it's a disservice to tell any rider, new or not, to forget the
front brake and focus on the rear.
I've posted well meaning but off base info here before, and got called on
it, and i lived to tell about it.
Are you the same Kimba from TE? if so, unmoderated newsgroups can be a
little wild compared to web forum. We are a tactless and opinionated but
well intentioned bunch. It doens't mean all input isn't welcome, it is, but
you have to have a bit of detachment sometimes.
> >> As for crashing- well- I had a hell of an endo this year- but
> >> fortunately only my pride was hurt, really. Lots of bruising though-
> >> and a huge hematoma on my leg where I hit the handlebars on the way
> >> over.. It was a panic stop- sometimes it's hard to quell the rising
> >> tide of panic- I just went on the wrong hill at the wrong time, is
> >> all.And just a bit o' inexperience! Remember- right hand brake-
> >> right hand brake!!!!( the rear brake is your friend) : )