Found out last few days how easy it is to lock up the back wheel, particularly in the wet..hopefully this info is useful for other noobs! Earlier in the week I had to pull up when someone drove out in front of me - bad habits from when I used to ride trail bikes made me automatically go for the back brake - and I slid. Almost came off, but held it. Since then I have been analysing the whole incident. So coming home last night in the wet, I decided at low speed I would experiment with how much traction you do actually get using only a back brake. It was f*ck-all. Light pressure on the brake resulted in skid. Immediately. The locked up wheel basically did slow the bike, but barely at all. So I tried again using only front brake, and the weight transfer made an enormous difference. The stopping ability was very solid. So I learned my lesson without having to lose skin, pride and paintwork. How I see it now for myself (pretty much same thing they teach you when you go for your licence): 1, try to avoid riding in the rain 2, slow down (even though I was doing about 20km/h) 3, have that front brake setup and ready for a gradual squeeze in tight situations 4, assume that silly focker in the car hasn't seen you. Anyway, my 2 cents. I will now go and change my jocks.