Hi. Stay Upright advocate NOT covering the brakes, and using all four fingertips when braking. They also tell you not to cover the brakes lest you get a fright and grab them. Most of the books ( esp Smooth Riding the Pridmore Way) I've read tell you to use two fingers and cover the brakes 90-100% of the time. I'm trying to work out which makes more sense to me. pros / cons of each method: four fingertips - maximum braking effort can be applied with all four fingers - less risk of accidentally grabbing the brakes eg in a turn when startled - increased sensitivity at the lever using all four fingertips two, covering: - may not be able to apply maximum pressure without prestidigitation to get into four finger grip halfway through squeeze - reaction time is quicker, which helps reduce speed before extreme braking is required - grabbing can be conditioned against by practice - (i) tend to use the front brakes more readily and often to gently adjust speed if they're right there under your fingers anyone else have any opinons / ideas to offer?