Pete Owens wrote:ChrisP100 wrote:Given that the front brake normally accounts for around 70% of your stopping power it was a lot worse than 50% compromised.
If you are going down a steep hill then your weight shifts forward even more than braking on the flat so your rear brake is not going to contribute significantly to slowing you down - though it can cause you to skid. Actually, the same also goes for emergency breaking - the maximum braking force is not limited by friction, but the point at which the rear wheel starts to lift when the back brake contributes nothing.
I had to put that principle into practice on Monday when a taxi driver pulled a u-turn right in front of me. It's pretty much instinctive now to throw my weight back and hang my backside over the back of the seat if I have to stop quickly. The roads are super greasy at the moment and it doesn't take much effort to lock up a back wheel if you aren't paying attention.