barefoot wrote:CX, it's pretty easy to understand why riders tend to cover their brakes. If you suddenly need to use them, you need to be right on them. I only ever brake with 2 fingers (my other fingers don't reach the lever until the brake's already on), so my 2-fingers-on-the-lever hood hold is my ready-to-brake position.
...although, recently surfacing evidence says something a bit different:
Not sure whether I'm braking then or just getting ready to brake... but I'm having a red-hot go at getting all my fingers on the lever, even if they don't reach.