In my experience with BC wheels, trying out different riding styles, and different techniques of slowing and stopping, So far a hefty leg wrap has worked the best. However, wraps have become an insufficient way of slowing/stoping.
When riding trails or even just a steep paved hill, a wrap will only slow you to a certain extent. Meaning you have to pick hills that have a flat section, or an uphill at the end. Who wants that? I think its time BC’s have a good way of stopping. A lot of people have said things like “BC’s were meant to coast,” or “static stuff is stupid on things that were meant to coast.”
And I agree, but when you are riding something that has the potential to go as fast as a bike on a downhill, I think a good way to stop would be a nice addition to the BC.
Jeff groves had an idea to mount plastic strip, possibly lexan piece to the bolt/plate, and have it go up to the height of the tire. Being flexible, you could push this piece into the tire with the same leg motion as you would slow with a leg wrap, Yet with a plastic strip, you wouldn’t get that annoying vibration that travels through your leg with a wrap. Or the daily trips to your nearest drug store for a new pair of ace wraps because your old pair vaporized when you tried to ride down a trail.
I had the idea to mount a disc brake setup to a wheel, and have the brake caliper mounted onto the plate. Though now I am questioning how well this will work, due to the fact that the plate will have a tremendous want to flip over while your standing on them. Also other problems such as how to actuate the brake, Brake housing getting cought in the tire and the over all price of the setup have made me have second thoughts about the plan.
Spencer had the idea to make a wrap with a very durrable, thick material, maybe with a rough/abrasive side to slow the wheel more than the normal smooth surface of an ace wrap or neoprene wrap.
All in all, these ideas seem like they could work, but then again maybe not.
The purpose of this thread is just to brainstorm ideas about a ffunctional brake on a bc. A lot of the time people have crazy ideas about bcs, some just werid, some possible, and some just flat out impossible.
But sometimes people strike gold with an idea, and thats what im hoping for. So let the ideas fly people.
Post drawings or pics, or even just a disctription of a idea into a brake design. I need a way to stop my bc!
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