Q: Hey, I’m Derek and I am 15. I have been BMXing for 7 years, I think. Anyways I recently upgraded from a Dyno to a pro BMX bike, but the bike I got doesn’t have brake mounts. At first I was like, no big deal, but I have trouble when stopping because I keep ripping up the bottom of shoes. I will swing the tail out and slam my foot in the rear tire. The problem is I don’t have enough cash to get a new frame. I would like to know if you have any other ideas on how to stop my bike.
A: This is a problem many riders are being faced with today, they get the bike that they dream about, only to find out it is the signature bike of some street rider who doesn’t use brakes. As an added bummer, they aren’t even outfit to run the most basic of caliper brakes because their heavily carved out stay bridges no longer have a bolt hole. This is a problem we would have loved to help you out with before you bought your new bike, but now, your options are really limited. Option 1: learn to live with it, rip up your shoes and skid through expensive tires. Option 2: See if you cant set up a front brake through the bolt hole in the fork, if it has one. Riding brakeless is a serious commitment especially if it is one that you are being forced to make. If you are really in a bad way and must have brakes, you can always try trading up frames with a friend or go with Option 3: Make like a skateboarder, rub your pegs on a brick wall to make it look like you use them and then go push your bike around the mall telling everyone about the sick tricks you would be doing if your ankle wasn’t messed up and the web address to your most recent You Tube edit, where all the landings are conveniently clipped off. Please don’t choose 3.