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CaliKarl 02-01-2014 11:19 PM

One Finger On the Front Brake? Wait: all the time?
 
I've been told to keep one finger on the front brake at all times while riding off pavement. Well, easier said than done. My hands just cannot make that happen. I'll look into getting different levers and/or bars, but is it sufficient to keep that finger close and ready instead of resting on the lever? Thanks for your input.

PeterW 02-02-2014 12:29 AM

Depends on how much too fast you ride ?.

Ride like me and the same amount of coverage I use on road is enough, possibly covering the brake if I hit something unexpected.

Riding in trees or similar I can certainly recommend it. You lose about a second and a half moving that finger ?. The point of riding with the brake covered is that you get a reflex 'clench' when 'oh shit!' happens, you'll have the front brake starting to work before you are aware of the hazard - by the time brain takes over and it can decide whether you need more brake or less you may have already saved yourself from a crash.

Pete

bush pilot 02-02-2014 02:37 AM

Many of us old school riders also cover the clutch lever with two fingers, we grew up riding two strokes singles which had a nasty habit of seizing up at the wrong moment.

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Anonawesome 02-02-2014 04:05 AM

One finger won't do much for my brake. Mountain biking has taught me to use 2. It's just something you have to force into your head until you don't think about it. But like he said, it isn't really necessary unless you're riding hard.

fast1075 02-02-2014 04:55 AM

+1 on the clutch bush pilot. Not only old dirt riders, but old drag racers.

Grinnin 02-02-2014 05:28 AM

I need 2. They have the side-benefit of helping isolate throttle input from elbow motion -- with 2 fingers on the brake I can stand and sit and move forward and back and the fingers help steady the throttle no matter where my shoulder/elbow/wrist are.
Quote:

Originally Posted by CaliKarl (Post 23369681)
My hands just cannot make that happen.

I had trouble at first too. Try it for 5 minutes at a time, then 10, then more . . . .

dondesmo 02-02-2014 11:06 AM

One finger on the front brake lever all the time, pavement or dirt.

DAKEZ 02-02-2014 11:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CaliKarl (Post 23369681)
One Finger On the Front Brake? Wait: all the time?

Not "on the ...Brake" But over the brake lever YES, ALL the time. (on road OR off) :D

Idle 02-02-2014 11:45 AM

One resting on the brake and two resting on the clutch in the dirt (straight fingers.) Two on the brake for tarmac.

In cold weather I try not to touch the levers, I just hover above them.

enduro0125 02-02-2014 11:52 AM

I prefer the middle one. :deal

DC2wheels 02-02-2014 12:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Grinnin (Post 23370411)
I need 2. They have the side-benefit of helping isolate throttle input from elbow motion -- with 2 fingers on the brake I can stand and sit and move forward and back and the fingers help steady the throttle no matter where my shoulder/elbow/wrist are.

I had trouble at first too. Try it for 5 minutes at a time, then 10, then more . . . .

Exactly.

I have always done it- on the road or on dirt- to have better throttle isolation. It gives the rider very fine control of the throttle.

Anatomically you have finer movement control with your index finger than with your wrist.

tkent02 02-02-2014 02:00 PM

Meh, Seems silly to me. Never had trouble modulating a throttle, never had trouble getting the brake on. I have had handlebars ripped out of my hands.

Some folks will complicate the Hell out of everything and tell everyone else that's the correct way to do it.

Wingfixer 02-02-2014 02:13 PM

I don't know about this covering the front brake lever. I do cover the rear brake pedal, and the clutch lever if I'm in tight stuff. I have had some nasty offs from that "reflex clench", its a habit I broke after the second time I locked the front at an inopportune time. YMMV

henshao 02-02-2014 04:16 PM

One finger on the cell phone ready to dial 911 all the time.

trc.rhubarb 02-02-2014 04:28 PM

One finger on the brake and three on the gas, hey
Well, there's too much traffic, I can't pass, no
So I tried my best illegal move
A big black and white come and crushed my groove again

Go on and write me up for 125
Post my face, wanted dead or alive
Take my license, all that jive
I can't drive 55


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