yes, rubbish brakes have saved me from many a front end wash out.Why You Should Not Improve Your Brakes During The Winter
I had a peek at the Strava activity feed to see my brother Jacek had had a 67 km Warsaw ride on the Epiphany (we call it Three Kings Day in Poland), and there was something alarming in his post. The ride description: "Some adventures. That's why you shouldn't improve your brakes during the Winter". Next, a picture of his Garmin in the Crash Mode. Next, a photo of his broken mirror on the bike path. And, a nice photo of the Warsaw Mermaid.
I was sure he lost his brakes because of using the synthetic oil in the hydraulic brake lines of his Giant Trance E+! I messaged Jacek instantly:
-- What's happened to you, bro?
-- Nothing serious. Broken rear-view mirror, a bruised elbow... And Garmin took it for a crash! Certainly, the crash sensor in the Edge works!
-- Did you lose your brakes?!
-- On contrary. They were too effective. I was taking a U-turn to take a pic of the Mermaid, accidentally hit the brake lever, the front wheel stopped me and I was on the ground! After my brake service, these 203 mm rotors are damn effective!
Meaning, he did the brake servicing properly, the synthetic oil as brake fluid turned out to be excellent, only Jacek did the same mistake as I used to do in the past on the same e-bike... (at least two hard crashes because of stopping the Trance too hard at low speed).
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Jacek's son got notified his Dad had had a crash.
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The glass in Mirrycles never breaks. It is the mirror arm that brakes.
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The Warsaw Mermaid (the best known of all Mermaid statues of Warsaw). Brother took the picture anyway.
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On his way home, mirrorless.
Its antilock for cheapskates