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useless brakes on classic bikes?
« on: 12 June, 2017, 11:51:32 »
It has been often stated that the old British bikes had 'useless' brakes.
I never found this when I rode many bikes in the 1960s.
My present C15 seems just fine.
The rear brake will easy lock the wheel. The front brake seems powerful, I am afraid to use full power
for fear of skidding. At low speed, it can lock the wheel.
Of course, my bike can only scrape up to 70 mph.
Comments, please

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Re: useless brakes on classic bikes?
« Reply #1 on: 12 June, 2017, 14:06:54 »

I don't think the brakes were ever a problem providing you were aware of the vehicle braking capability and rode it within the constraints imposed by it.