I thought it appropriate my debut post outside of the Welcome area should be a mini-vent, since most of my friends are drivers and therefore unsympathetic to pretty much everything I do on a bike So this was my one of my first commutes back from from uni (USyd, if anyone here goes there... give me a shout!) on the Gore Hill Freeway. Near the Neutral Bay exit, a big black Mercedes GL in front of me suddenly slams on the brakes. I was super wary - and jumpy - at that stage given my lack of experience, and I jammed on the rear brakes with almost nothing on the front. A childhood of cartoons gave me the mental picture of me flying over the handlebars otherwise, haha Turns out the rear brakes weren't a great idea either - my rear wheel locked up and slid crazily all over the place. I only just managed to keep my balance and from rear-ending the Merc, and it turned out the taxi behind me had only just managed from doing that to me too. Later I saw there was a broken down car on the road ahead, and it seems the GL driver wasn't paying attention... wouldn't be surprised if he was on the phone or texting. I was probably very close to becoming a motorcycle sandwich if I'd braked any later. This taught me to keep a bigger buffer gap and to use the front brake more, to the point where last week I fell off my bike going down a steep driveway whilst using only the front brake... eh fail. I suppose I should just be glad I sorted out this brakes business early on before anything major happened 8-[ All I've really lost now is a pristine bike... I have a small crack in my fairings! Sad sad sad. Any suggestions on hard braking? I can't seem to get the front/back balance quite right.