Bike Brake


I rode my recumbent bike over to REI to pick up a new pannier. Because the geometry is a bit different, I wheeled the bike into the store so I could effectively “try on” a number of panniers to find the best fit.

While there, I ran into a nice gentleman who asked about the bike and saw me do the typical balance dance trying to lean my bike up against something. You know the one; lean it up… looks stable… starts rolling… handlebars turn… *catch*… repeat.

He mentioned that he had invented a solution. Specifically, he created the Bike Brake. He offered to send me one for free and I received it yesterday.

Brilliant invention. Dead simple, but just works.

It is effectively a rubber band with a couple of tabs to make it easier to grab. While you could use a regular rubber band, it wouldn’t work nearly as well.

Notably, the Bike Brake is stretchy enough to sit tightly on your handle when not in use, but is still able to easily stretch around the brake handle. The tabs make it very easy to use and it is wide enough to provide the strength necessary to keep the front wheel (the problem wheel) locked.

At $2.99 + free shipping, it is cheap and there are a bunch of colors. I’m going to order some more for the other bikes in our house.

It has completely eliminated “the bike parking dance”.

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4 Responses to “Bike Brake”

  1. Jeffrey J Hoover says:

    You could also use a “hook and loop” strap. the ones for cable managment work well and can be stored in place.

  2. annbb says:

    How simple – and brilliant.

  3. Jason says:

    I used to use something called a Flick Stand. It might not work on a recumbent, but on a standard bike it would bolt onto the down tub and you could flick up a little U shaped wire that would lock the front wheel. Then the bike could be leaned against anything without trouble. It worked really well, but wasn’t popular and I think they stopped making them.

  4. green superfood says:

    The offer is nice. But do you think the bike is sturdy and durable enough to last for a long time?

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