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Old 12-04-2007, 01:31 PM   #1
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Question Front Brake Fingers

How many fingers do you use on the front brake? The MSF course drilled into our heads to use all four fingers...but many books I read say skilled riders finesse the front brake with two fingers, and that using fewer fingers is an important skill to master.
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But do a search, there's a few posts on the subject.
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2, sometimes 1 when less control and feel is needed.
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I use my middle two.
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I use 2.......98% of the time.....index and middle finger

sometimes 1, but have trouble sometimes applying enough pressure with 1.
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only 1, the middle one, for hard braking I use the index and middle.
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1 or 2, sometimes all 4 when it's wet. 2 allows you to keep a good grip for "blips" and such
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Old 12-04-2007, 01:43 PM   #8
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2, my first and middle finger
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4 before ss brake lines 1 after if I were to use all 4 for hard brakings which i have STOPED doing I tend to start sliding on just my front tire and that freaks me out :/:
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Two, the index and middle.
Seems to work well when releasing the brake and rolling on when cornering opposed to moving all four back on throttle.
Big help on the beltway in traffic also...

I do need to mive mine down a little so I don't have to raise my fingers so high to reach the lever. Haven't had time to search owner's manual for procedure. Clutch lever seems to be in good spot.
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Hard braking is a skill that needs learned and practiced.. otherwise it isn't there when you need it.

Should be a firm initial squeeze, then harder/softer as needed. Never a sharp hard grab.

Practice quick stops from whatever speed you ride, because odds are that's when you'll need to stop in a hurry.

If you don't trust the brakes you are just an accident waiting to happen.


Also get in the habit in traffic of keeping a couple fingers on the clutch and brake. A second saved in reaction time can make a big difference.
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1 (middle) or 2 (index and middle).
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think if the brake lever as one of those hand squeeze exercise machines, do you have more control & strength w/ 2 or 4 fingers

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think if the brake lever as one of those hand squeeze exercise machines, do you have more control & strength w/ 2 or 4 fingers

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Strength is not an issue with todays brakes... you can stand any new bike on it's nose with one finger.

Control... that varies from person to person. I have been using 1-2 fingers for so long it is second nature.

New riders I think should start with 4 until they are proficient, then build from there.
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How many fingers do you use on the front brake? The MSF course drilled into our heads to use all four fingers...but many books I read say skilled riders finesse the front brake with two fingers, and that using fewer fingers is an important skill to master.
This can also come down to hand size my hand is 8'' from wrist to top of middle finger so what works for me may not work for you
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1 finger (index). Helps when you have good brakes.
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This can also come down to hand size my hand is 8'' from wrist to top of middle finger so what works for me may not work for you
That's true


Also what kind of riding you want to do... corners work better with 2 so you can trail brake and use the throttle smoothly.. 4 makes it more difficult.

Plus if you get in the habit of using 1 or 2, transition back to throttle is much smoother since you don't have to reposition anything.
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think if the brake lever as one of those hand squeeze exercise machines, do you have more control & strength w/ 2 or 4 fingers

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Sorry this machine you are squeezing 2 parts the brake only requires 1 lever to move as the throttle is stationary. and this also depends on your hand size some peeps can fit their hands around this device
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its the same motions.

i have pics of Rossi using all 4 fingers, not everytime. and he's scrubbing off speed vs stopping to save his life. if his 4 fingers is good enough for him, my 4 fingers are good enough for me.
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