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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-19-2019, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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Brake controls, bike vs. bicycle

Ok, the front brake on my Tiger is where it belongs, on the right handlebar. The front brake on my bicycle is on the left handlebar.

Do you biker/cyclists live with it, or move your bicycle front brake to the right side?

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If you don't like it then move the bicycle brake over. I've done it on some bicycles. Or, move to Japan or maybe the UK where it's reversed. I bought a leftover Jamis on eBay that was in the original box, needing setup. The front brake was on the right side, destined for Japan. I moved it back to the left side since I'm just used to the convention for bicycles in the US and maybe Europe as well. No big deal. It's a convention that maybe associates itself with which side of the road you ride on and hand signals, perhaps.
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I moved my bicycle front brake to the right side after I've almost crashed when trying to stop hard.

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I live with it. It hasn't been a problem for me.

I know a few people with vintage Triumphs with the shifter on the right. They also have modern bikes. THAT is something I don't know how I would deal with.

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I tend to grab both brake levers(on the bicycle) simultaneously so I guess I dont notice which is which,

I have an older Triumph but its been so long since I've been for a ride on it that I'm not sure how I'd handle the shifting, when I bought it back in 72 or 73 I had plenty of Japanese bikes, before, during and after, so I must have dealt with it OK though.
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I rode bicycle a lot for years before getting into motorcycles and funny thing is I can go back and forth with zero confusion on which lever does which. Not sure why as most of my life is spent in confusion
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Every day is a learning day, never knew other countries had the front brake on the left on a pushbike, seems weird.
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I never even thought about this before I read this thread. I guess it has not been an issue but now I will have pay attention.
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On the motorbike you want to use mostly front brake. On the bicycle mostly rear. So having them both on the right bar makes sense to me, so you are always reflexively going for the correct brake in a panic.
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On the motorbike you want to use mostly front brake. On the bicycle mostly rear. So having them both on the right bar makes sense to me, so you are always reflexively going for the correct brake in a panic.
It's a little more complicated like that, at least for bicycles. I trained, raced, and rode competitively for many years on bicycles. On a bicycle, both brakes are essentially the same design (if they are rim brakes), and have the same intrinsic ability to slow the pertinent wheel. On a bicycle, like a motorcycle, the weight shifts to the front as you slow. It's much easier to skid the rear wheel than on a motorcycle, which typically has a much weaker brake on the back. Like a motorcycle, skidding the front wheel is much more exciting than skidding the back. Since your own bodyweight is a far higher percentage of the total weight on a bicycle compared to a motorcycle, skidding the front is harder on a bicycle than on a MC. You're more likely to overturn the bike (highside) than you are to skid the front wheel. On the other hand, corrections you make instinctively via your bodyweight as you try to maintain balance are a lot more effective on a bicycle than a motorcycle.

Since you are training endlessly as a bicyclist, and you're always running into situations on the road, you eventually figure out the best way to brake and it becomes body memory. In a pack, when I had to dump a little speed in a hurry for some reason, I'd always use my front brake only (left hand). If I was alone and had to stop quickly, I'd use both brakes modulating appropriately.

I never had an issue confusing bicycle and MC reflexes. I think the different sensory experience of the bike and MC was enough to trigger the correct body memory responses.

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