We have that whole Nanny State thing going too.Hi TKC,
Just a trivial point that may, or may not be interesting. Looking closer at your excellent bike, one thing became apparent to me. Our NANNY STATE GOVERNMENT some five decades ago, decreed that normal everyday Aussie citizens could not handle a bike with front brake on the left side and rear brake on the right side of the handlebars ( as you sit on the bike ) . I know we drive/ride on the left side of any given carriageway, and to the govt of the day, it was decided that in a panic situation, the average Aussie would grab a big handful of front brake and thus cause said Aussie to complete massive endo over handlebars. So, ever since, we now have bikes with front brakes on RH and rear on LH side of bars. Mind you, back then, old calliper brakes would have had a hard time stopping a rampaging fieldmouse with a towrope around its neck.
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( Note; on the roadbike, the brake cables exit the bars just near the headstem, the cables coming from the levers are the gearshift cables, Shimano STI system )
I try not to complain about the US Nanny State situation.
I'd rather complain about the morons who keep re-electing them.
It seems the front brake is nearly always way too grippy on many bicycles. I dial them to assist the rear brakes on kids bikes or just remove them entirely.
Since this thread began I've more fat bikes on the rooves (is that a word?) of cars and less road/trail bikes as I travel the Interstate.
They seem to really be catching on over here.