Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Wisconsin, 25 miles north of Milwaukee
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In a panic stop (straight-line), I use the rear brake lightly, at the same time I am increasing the pressure on the front brake lever. As more weight transfers to the front suspension, I will pull even harder on the front brake lever, and push less on the rear brake pedal, because the weight is transferring away from the rear and to the front suspension. Once most of the weight is transferred to the front, I can really crank on the front brake lever.
In non-panic braking, I tend to stay away from the rear brake pedal when riding at medium or high speeds, and rely on the front mostly. At speeds below 25 mph, I'll use the rear brake a little more, for stability reasons, such as making a U turn, parking, etc.