For your brakes, I would say that it depends on your center of gravity. The CoG
of a Kettwiesel is much more to the back than most Python trikes I have seen.
Although front brakes are usually more effective in braking than rear ones
(compare with a car), a locking up steering front wheel is dangerous. For my
trike I had a front brake only, at first. I only had problems when braking hard
on gravel/slippery roads, or when the trailer was loaded. So I installed rear
brakes too. That really helped and never had braking problems again. So in my
eyes, you preferably want brakes for all wheels.
To go against brake steering: make sure your system has the same force applied
to both right and left wheel. For my trike this was definately important. So
that means you want one lever in my eyes and with adjustable brakes. I had very
good experience with the Avid BB7s and this lever:
Van: python-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <python-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> namens paul
Verzonden: donderdag 15 februari 2018 20:16
Onderwerp: [python] re-started Mk2 Python trike rear end
Finally re-started the build of my Mk2 Python trike rear end:-
Mk2 Python trike rear
I am after 3 things in no particular order :-
Longer trike so I can carry my camping gear and not have to tow a trailer
Rear brakes [ see below ]
Suspension [ simple ] to iron out a few of the bumps I encounter.
I was advised to put both my brakes on the front wheel.
This is not a good idea , I ride my trike in all weathers and seasons and to be
honest in some situations this is positively dangerous ?
On numerous occasions [ in the 4 years I have been riding the trike ] I have
locked up the front wheel so loosing all steering and have had to decide
whether to continue and hope I stop in time OR stop braking and regain the
steering and hope I can steer out of danger and NOT tip over.
I rode a Hase Kettweisel for many years with independent rear wheel brakes and
it was perfectly safe , I should have built mine the same.
This also has rear wheel brakes and is praised for NOT brake steering and been
very stable ?
all for now Paul