Pushing the Limits with EE BrakesComments
by Byron on Feb 06, 2012 at 8:57 AM
EE Brake with burnt cork
They work well and I like a good modulating brake, but I just hadn’t pushed the bike to the limits yet on a descent that steep. The back side of Novelty into Carnation is as steep as traffic engineers will allow.
Next time will brake earlier and harder. As a roleur, I can descend. So I dropped down Novelty, like I always do chasing the skinny-fawk climbers and
Oh! forgot I had super-lightweight, crazy-machined brakes on this bike … oh, ooh wait, ok, now under control, whoa!
On a longer descent, there would’ve been more time to adjust, shift my weight, and sit up straight to scrub speed with my chest. The brakes didn’t let me down, I just didn’t have time to grab more of them before that first turn and the suicide intersection at the bottom. As new new brit friend said in a thick accent
Smelled your brakes down the whole hill. A very distinctive smell.
After Cross season and riding in Maui, it took a while for my muscle memory to remember the road yesterday with fast pace lines and tempo climbing, but once they did, it was all good.