Hopping - is hopping on the spot (not up / down anything) a bad idea i.e. will
trash the wheel?
Brake - could those that have fitted a brake comment on how neccessary it is /
how often it’s really needed. I found myself out the other day and, when faced
with the choice of riding down a very steep road, chose the flatter route as
images of hurtling down said hill unable to slow down and ultimately face
planting at high speed got the better of me…
> Brake - could those that have fitted a brake comment on how neccessary it
is > / how often it’s really needed. I found myself out the other day and, when > faced with the choice of riding down a very steep road, chose the flatter > route as images of hurtling down said hill unable to slow down and ultimately > face planting at high speed got the better of me…
I’ve not got one, I find most steepish hills are fine, I think I’d be quite a
lot faster with a brake though. The only time I’ve fallen off because of a hill
on my coker was a really steep hill in a park. I find face planting isn’t the
problem, you’re much more likely to come off backwards trying to ride slower
than the coker wants to. If you want to ride a hill that’s too steep you can try
riding it really slow and grabbing the tyre when you can’t slow down any more,
it isn’t too far down to reach on a coker and won’t hurt you if you wear gloves
when you ride. Oh probably getting some better pedals more like the ones that
come with the Pashley muni would help too, I keep meaning to get some of those.
Overall I think a brake would be nice for confidence and fast downhill riding,
but not vital for much else. I’d try and fit one but it seems like a bit too
much hassle considering how few hills there are round here.
Oh, I haven’t had any new tyres or even punctures yet on my coker, had it for
about 5 or 6 months, I think I’ve done about 600 miles or perhaps a bit more so
far, pretty much all on-road though. I pump it up with a hand pump until it
feels pretty solid with a little bit of squeezyness left. It stays nice and
rideable for more than a month before I have to pump it up again. No idea what
psi that is, that sort of thing is all a bit too techy for me.