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front braking

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#1
Im a new rider and I find myself using 90% more front brake then rear. Is this an OK thing or do I need to use rear brake more? I ride mostly on trails and feilds. Will this affect me on learning jumps and tracks?
 

maxrevs666

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i was out yesterday and was in such a rush to get going that i didnt bother to check all bolts were tight.... :whoa: anyway after ten minutes i had no rear brake and looked down to find that the bolts that hold on the rear brake assembly were gone. i was debating on packing up and heading home but toughed it out for the whole day only using the front brake. I have to say it really reinforced my confidence in front wheel braking and probably improved my riding too.
 

High Lord Gomer

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#5
What part did you lose? Whatever came off should have been flopping around.

Several years ago I was about 5 minutes into a five hour ride (Manchester SF near Sumter) when I started swapping and hit a tree on the left side of the trail with the right side of the bike about 2 feet off the ground (they didn't have whoops in the trails...I think they buried old VWs every 20 or 30 feet). I broke of the rear brake lever and had to ride the rest of the day with only the front brake and the sand to slow me down. I improved that day.
 

maxrevs666

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#6
all i lost were the actual bolts that hold on the assembly. the whole reservoir / etc was all still there held on by the brake hose. so two new bolts and a spot of threadlocker and i was sorted again, heading out again this evening again for the first day without rain in thirty three days. gotta love the irish summer
 

_JOE_

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#7
We havent had rain in about that long! I think we've had a half an inch since may. You can send some my way.