Time I got legal, putting some plates on the back. What do you guys use to protect the paint from these beasts? I am thinking some old tubes cut up and wrapped over the seat stays might work? Thoughts?
I checked my bike and I'll have to put the brake down on the chainstays as it's a wishbone seatstay i just hope I have enough clearance for the arms on the left side. Off to do some more googling. Thanks
Nice! Much more pleasing to the eye than the giant metal plate version. Only issue I can see is that your regular pc plod will probably still think you're riding with no rear brake and pull you over for a talking to.
They gotta catch me first! I got pulled up by a 50+ copper a couple of years ago. He started ranting about brakes in front of the young recruit admonishing me for not having brakes. After a couple of minutes I finally spoke and pointed at the little discs attached to my hubs at the front and rear, I thanked him for his hard work and winked at the young guy and rode off. It really was much easier for cops when bikes looked like bikes.
When I lived in Shinjuku I was getting stopped every other day. What they look for is simply a single speed with drop bars. I just mounted brake levers on my bars (old Modolo Kronos) and that seemed to be enough for awhile. They'd grab the lever and pull it and say 'so desu ne'. I guess the fact that they weren't attached to anything didn't matter. A couple smarter cops later on looked for a 'brake'. I have a rear CHUB HUB wheel, so I told them it was in there. That worked, too. Then finally, the whole front brake thang was required. Changed to drilled fork and mounted a brake.
ANY kind of braking accessory totally ruins the lines of a track bike, besides tearing up the sidewalls of your rims - so it doesn't matter to me once you need to put it on, whether it's seat stay or chainstay version just make it so it can remove with a wingnut. Cables should definitely NOT be attached to the frame by clips. The cable should just be wrapped a couple times around. If it takes you longer than 60s to remove the brakes , they are far too permanent.
I have a couple sets of the chainstay mount brakes. They work kinda ok - but on tighter frames they are difficult (if impossible) to mount.
None of the cops actually asked me to prove the brakes were functional, by the way. I know many riders (including me) who just mount them without pads and use the cheapest, crappiest , caliper they can find.