This anonymous anti-disc zealot wants to 'Save the Rim Brake'

Stickers arrive at BikeRadar HQ in mysterious package

Save the Rim Brake is an anonymous account that popped up on Instagram following the announcement that British Cycling will allow discs to be used in road racing from 1 January 2018.

After a coded direct message, I received four stickers from this radicalised rim-braker in the mail.

I don’t feel like I’m about to die at any moment, so as far as I can tell, there’s no anthrax inside the envelope. I’m guessing this is due to the fact I wrote an article in defence of rim brakes earlier this year.

While some snooping has thrown up a few clues — I am the BikeRadar snooper in chief after all — this anti-disc zealot is yet to be positively identified.

For the pro rim brake among our readers, you’ll be delighted to hear that just last week Compass announced the release of its very lovely, ultra-light cantilever brakes, further proving my point that they probably don’t need to be saved anyway. 

My well sticker-ed Nalegene looks all the better for the new addition
My well sticker-ed Nalegene looks all the better for the new addition

The stickers can be had for £1 from Etsy and you can keep up to date with the #savetherimbrake campaign on Instagram. I personally can’t wait to stick them somewhere inconspicuous on the bike of whoever I think is the most pro-disc among my colleagues.

Given how bizarrely heated the discussion surrounding rim brakes can get, I’m fully expecting the comments on this article to get feisty, but dear readers, please remember to keep it clean.

Jack Luke

Staff Writer, UK
Jack has been riding and fettling with bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork and thinks nothing of bivouacking on a beach after work. Also fond of cup and cone bearings, skids and tan wall tyres.
  • Discipline: Long days in the saddle by either road or mountain bike
  • Preferred Terrain: Happiest when on a rural road by the coast or crossing a remote mountain pass. Also partial to a cheeky gravel adventure or an arduous hike-a-bike.
  • Current Bikes: Custom Genesis Croix de Fer all road adventure wagon, Niner EMD 9.
  • Dream Bike: A rigid 44 Bikes Marauder, all black please.
  • Beer of Choice: Caesar Augustus
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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