Cycle Factory, on 20 April 2012 - 08:45 , said:
All our bikes are setup Left Font, Right Rear as we've found most people ride like that. We feel it's best to have your "clever hand" control the rear brake. Chances are that's the one you'll use the most and will need control over.
By the time you grab the front brake it's to STOP. Not to reduce speed.
You should almost always brake with both brakes equally and evenly - squeezing them gradually and not grabbing. This gives you time to move your position back so that you are driving your weight through your pedals under hard braking.
Newbies should learn not to fear the front brake brake as it gives most of your stopping power. As long as you shift your weight back as you brake it is impossible to go over the bars. I sometimes demonstrate how you can go down a steep incline using only your front brake - just to show that it is possible to not go over the bars if you use the front brake.
Edited by slick, 20 April 2012 - 10:24 .