Ever heard of "brake dragging" into corners?
Also, people who commute with their bike, can stop on an incline and rear brake helps to get going again.
If there is a stoplight on the incline, i usually sit straight, let off the clip-ons, right foot on rear brake and left on road.
Sorry for the syntax anal retentiveness: It's called, "trail braking,"
which can be done at either end. Trail brake the front results in over steer - results in 1) running the cornering towards the outside of the turn; 2) compresses the front suspension. The latter is useful on corners with rippled tarmac, prevents the forks from cycling between over compression/rebound resulting in shock lock
At the rear, trail braking results in under steer - resulting in 1) limited shock squat which can result in poor handling, esp. over rough tarmac; 2) creates in tightening the steering - which is very useful when/if the rider is running wide coming out of the apex of the corner. *Racer tip, this is the genesis for the term: late braking
. Trail braking is ideal for braking @/past the apex which can allow a trailing rider to 'out brake
a leading rider. This can be useful in coming under
the lead rider - arriving faster to the corner, then scrubbing speed off with both brakes, and because of the under steering dynamics of the rear trail braking keeps the rider/bike from running wide at the corner exit.
There is a critical element to trail braking: 1) whenever trail braking the front wheel, if you are sensing impending lockup, smoothly
release brake pressure immediately. Keep eyes up, and look only where you want to go. On the other hand, if the rider senses impending rear brake lock up do not release rear brake pressure rapidly! Keep eyes up, look where you want to go. The rear can sway as long as the rider points the rolling front tire where they need/want to go. There are lots of examples where a fast rider actually kicks out the rear end
, by stomping on the rear brake and is 'steering with the rear end'
whilst on the throttle.
These techniques ought be worked up to. There's a lot that can go wrong when things go tits up. Trail braking is a "feel
" thing. This is a skill that is every bit as complex as 'stoppies
' and/or 'wheelies
, yes the HRC kit is a DIY... as long as you have the skills/tools to bleed your rear brake. BTW, bleeding the rear is definitely much easier than doing the fronts. Also, how are your brake lines. And DO NOT reuse the crush washer at the brake line connections. MrZ
, and et al
with the dangle-y nature of the HRC kit: https://www.satoracing.com/universalbrackets.htm Duc995
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