Million-dollar fines to put the brakes on bikes



steve

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Million-dollar fines to put the brakes on bikes
AFTER thick-rimmed glasses, a ''fixie'' bike is the hipster's ultimate accessory. With sleek lines, retro colours, no gears and often no brakes, they are the vehicle of choice for inner Melbourne's funky ''Fitzroyal'' set.

But now the feds are trying to cramp their style. Australia's consumer watchdog is threatening bike shops with fines of more than $1 million for selling brakeless fixed-wheel bikes.

Bikes must be sold with front and rear brakes, but the pedals on a fixed-wheel bike move when the wheels do, so skilled riders tend to ditch formal brakes and stop by resisting against the pedals, or turning into a skid.
Link: Million-dollar fines to put the brakes on bikes


Australians are obsessed with making laws for everything, how are fixie's treated in your area?
 

CdnRider

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Sure the shops will now sell them with brakes. Which will be removed by the owner within hrs of owning the bike!!

Unless they make it illegal to ride a bike without brakes........then they're only goin halfway.
 

Yojimbo_

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Only a moron, or an urban hipster doofus, would ride a bike without brakes.
 

steve

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Yojimbo_ said:
Only a moron, or an urban hipster doofus, would ride a bike without brakes.

I tend to agree with you there, I just think million dollar fines are a bit ridiculous.
 

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Yojimbo_ said:
Only a moron, or an urban hipster doofus, would ride a bike without brakes.

+1 Better to have a front brake and not need it than not having and need it in a case of emergency..
 

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