Why you should build a ‘bike with no brakes’
The first bike I built in college, the C-Zero, had just been released.
It had no brakes.
When I turned it on, I was amazed that it didn’t move.
“It’s the first time I’ve ever seen a bike that could handle the weight of the entire bike,” I said to myself.
But the bike didn’t have any brakes, either.
“Why would you build a bike with no braking?”
I asked my friend, “so you can go on the Internet and see the bikes on the street?”
This was back in 1998.
And it was the first of many, many times that I would find myself asking these questions.
By the time I graduated college, I’d built and raced hundreds of bikes, including my very first electric motorcycle, the Yamaha R1.
“You’ve got to understand that bikes aren’t just bikes,” said my friend.
“They’re actually cars.”
And cars have brakes.
They’re the same way that you’ve got a car that doesn’t have brakes on it.
“And that’s why you need brakes,” said another friend.
That was another thing that struck me as a newbie.
I had never seen a bicycle with a brake pedal, and it was clear that the bicycle was in a strange place.
A bicycle with brakes, or not, would mean that I had to learn how to control the bike, to ride it properly.
So I started researching brakes and learning to ride a bicycle properly.
“I’ve always been a bike rider,” I explained to my friend as I built the first bike, “but now I’m trying to learn to ride another one.”
I went to a local bike shop and started taking lessons.
By that point, I had built a couple of electric bikes, but I still didn’t know much about how to ride them.
The lesson plan was to learn the basics like adjusting the seat height and steering.
It was time to learn about brakes.
So we went to the local bike repair shop, where we saw the most advanced brakes in town.
But I was looking for something a bit more advanced, and I got the idea of building a bike without brakes.
We had already learned that brakes were necessary for riding a bicycle, so we set about figuring out how to make one without brakes in the first place.
As it turned out, the first brakes I built were a little odd.
When we got it done, it was so powerful that I needed to buy a new bike and replace the brakes on every bike I got.
I ended up doing a couple other builds before I finally built a complete electric bike.
By then, I knew I wanted to build a bicycle that could hold its own with other bikes and I wanted a bike I could ride as long as I wanted.
So, that’s what I built.
The bike I named the ‘Bike Without Brakes.’
But it wasn’t an easy one to build.
The first few weeks were a lot of riding, and even riding with the brakes off.
It’s not that I didn’t like riding with brakes on.
It just felt wrong, like I was just doing something that I shouldn’t be doing.
Eventually, I found a solution to that problem, by taking my bike to a dealer in the Philippines and getting a new set of brakes.
But it was not an easy bike to get started with.
I also found that it was much more complicated than I thought.
I learned that you had to make sure you were using the correct kind of brake.
So when I got a bike to the shop, I got in the shop and told the owner that I was using the right kind of brakes, and the bike just started.
And the owner said to me, “Well, you’re just going to have to go back to the original design, you know, and get the proper brakes.”
So I did.
After a few days, I decided to take the bike to my local bike store and get a set of new brakes.
I started with the standard type, which is a set with a small ball bearing, and then I switched to the new kind.
I got all the way to the top, and when I lowered it, I heard something like this.
“Oh, crap, you broke it.”
I started crying and told my friend to stop by and take it to the dealer.
The dealer put the bike back on the shelf, and he looked at me like I had lost my mind.
He said, “Okay, you have to do it.”
“Oh my God,” I thought, “What’s going on here?”
But he was right.
The brake pedal was broken.
I told the dealer that I broke it and he told me that I’d have to get the bike repaired.
The next morning, I called the dealer to tell him that the brakes were in the wrong place.
And he said to tell the dealer the story.
So he called my friend and said, I