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Here's a man with an interesting take on bike handling, San Francisco DJ Fred Shred. I like the music, but I'm not sure his braking technique is quite as sound, basically he rides freewheel with no brakes and uses his foot as a brake on the back wheel. And If he isn't sponsored by Vans he should be. On the other hand he is probably responsible for a fair chunk of their turnover.

This film was shot for the 2005 Bicycle Film Festival and features his music and his bike riding exploits (more of the latter) on the steep hills of San Francisco. Enjoy. And you'll be pleased to know that as far as the interweb is concerned at least Ted's still Shredding - which if he still rides his bike the way he did back in '05 is a remarkable achievement in itself. Thanks to Jack at the Bike Show for putting us on to it.

Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.

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Denzil Dexter [140 posts] 6 years ago
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Wonder how quickly he goes through his tyres… fairly quickly by the looks of it

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TRs Blurb n Blog [199 posts] 6 years ago
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good job the streets aren't bumpy

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effemm [100 posts] 6 years ago
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I've had an idea for a ground-breaking mechanical contrivance that should ease the wear on this guy's tyres and Vans. It involves pressing small, replacable chunks of rubber against a hard-wearing surface to slow the wheels' rotation. It should be possible to use some kind of lever to achieve a mechanical advantage, allowing significant pressure to be applied with only the strength of, say, a single hand. Furthermore, I anticipate that further development (and if someone can come up with a way of making long, strong, lightweight cables) will allow the contrivance to be operated by a secondary device attached to the handlebars, a remote control if you will. Anyone think such a thing would catch on? Any snappy ideas for a name?

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dave atkinson [6144 posts] 6 years ago
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lol  1

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Jon Burrage [998 posts] 6 years ago
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effemm - sounds far too comlicated to me, will never catch on.

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Denzil Dexter [140 posts] 6 years ago
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The B.R.A.K.F.E - Bicycle Retarding Acceleration & Kinetic Force Eliminator - something tells me it's not quite right yet, but I'm sure with the right marketing investment we can knock it into something snappy and easy to remember which will turn your cunning invention in to a 'must have' for cyclists everywhere… can I have a percentage?

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cat1commuter [1418 posts] 6 years ago
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Saw a woman the other day on a bike with non-functioning brakes slowing herself by sliding her feet along the ground. She was wearing flip-flops.

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OldRidgeback [2554 posts] 6 years ago
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Plenty of people seem to think riding a fixie with no brakes is fine for urban commuting - I think they've a screw loose myself.

I'll ride my BMX for short distances (wouldn't want to go on it too far anyway) as it's only got one brake but I wouldn't risk riding it in heavy traffic.

I think the subject of brakes/no brakes might be a good one for a poll myself. What say the masses?