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    Two finger breaking Vs. 4 Finger breaking

    Is there any real difference between them? or is it just personal preferance.

    because i notice i started to do my 2 finger breaking ( A habbit i picked up when i was a bike trials rider)

    Is this bad should i know be doing it, or it is fine ?

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    do whatever is comfortable to you to stop.

    just make sure you stop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Remy
    Is there any real difference between them? or is it just personal preferance.

    because i notice i started to do my 2 finger breaking ( A habbit i picked up when i was a bike trials rider)

    Is this bad should i know be doing it, or it is fine ?
    I got a slap on my hand during my course cause I kept doing that. They also threatened to duct tape my fingers together. They said that if I was to drop my bike and was using two fingers...I would prob. loose the other two. Could get stuck in between the lever and throttle....yadda yadda...just use all four. "Only people who use two fingers are on the track." Who knows, maybe they're just trying to scare me.
    Last edited by tigerass; 12-18-2005 at 04:34 PM.
    If common sense is so common, why the F**K is it so rare?!?!

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    Probably trying to scare ya, I only use one... the strong middle one.
    But like Doug said, do what is comfortable for you as long as you stop.
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    When someone pisses me off a little, I tend to only break two of their fingers. After one warning though, I tend to break all four.

    If you're talking about stopping, yeah, I use two. Course taught be to use all four, but I'm more comfortable using just my pointing and middle finger to brake.

    Sorry, just had to be a smart ass.

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    To be honest I really wouldn't worry about squishing your fingers in a fall over, I highly doubt you would still be hanging on to the brake lever by the time it hits the ground.
    The best investment you can make when it comes to your brakes is a set of steel braided brake lines. You won't believe the difference, you can brake as hard as you could possibly want with only two fingers. This now frees up your other two fingers to grip the throttle to blip for your downshifts

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    2 covering the lever, 1 or 2 pulling depending on the situation. Treat them like a dial, not an off/on switch.

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    I find it a lot more comfortable using two fingers, plus it works well. On the highway you can hang on more tightly on the bike while covering it at the same time.

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    2-finger = professional
    4-finger = rookie
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclestarter
    2-finger = professional
    4-finger = rookie

    2 weak fingers = not stopping in time
    4 weak fingers = fighting chance

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    Given the choice of breaking 2 fingers or 4, I'd take 2.

    Or is it "braking" you are asking about?
    Transportation is serious business.

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    ive broken three fingers on my right hand so i now mostly have to use all 4 to stop its been a year now theyre still fucked but slowly getting stronger so hopefully by next season i can go bak to 2 finger stops

    thnx for askin

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    i was just making sure there is nothing wrong iwth breaking with 2 fingers thats all.

    I feel more confortable braking with 2, like i said i come from a bike trials background and you usually only use 1 figner to break, sometimes two. so i think ill continue to use 2

    NEXT QUESTION

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    good?
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    good for 2 finger breaking>

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    It's BRAKING... not breaking. That's why you're getting all the smart assed answers.....

    As for how many fingers to use most of today's sportbikes are quite capable of braking hard enough to stand the bike up on the front wheel with 2 fingers without any undue strain. To my mind using four is risking the rider snatching the lever too hard and fast and shocking the tire into skidding at a lower effort that it's truly capable of.

    But of course for those bikes that do not have as powerful a system (like many of the training bikes at the courses) or a rider with weaker hands or hands that are not large enough to get a good purchase on the lever a full four finger grip is the way to go. It just depends on the bike and rider.
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    Rossi sometimes uses four, so I don't think there's too much to the 2=pro, 4=rookie thing. Whatever works, works.
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    It may not help you avoid the problem,
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