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A while ago my wife and I were in San Francisco for a few days. I was amazed and encouraged by the number of bicycle commuters that I saw. One thing that amazed me was that I saw quite a few single speed bikes with freewheel hubs that appeared to have no brakes on them. Is this a common thing? If so, how do people stop/slow down on those big SF hills? Thanks.
 

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Likely they were "Fixed Gear".

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A while ago my wife and I were in San Francisco for a few days. I was amazed and encouraged by the number of bicycle commuters that I saw. One thing that amazed me was that I saw quite a few single speed bikes with freewheel hubs that appeared to have no brakes on them. Is this a common thing? If so, how do people stop/slow down on those big SF hills? Thanks.
1) They were track bikes with the crank locked to the rear hub as there is no freewheel.

2) Or they were coaster brake bicycles where back pedaling engages the rear hub brake.

3) Or they were flat out nuts (not out of the question in San Francisco).:eek:
 

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There's a famous messenger by the name of Ted Shred that apparently rocks just such a set up in SF, there are photos somewhere of him using his foot to slow at the CMWC.

I wouldn't think anyone else in their right mind would do such a thing though...
 
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