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Coaster Brakes, Who has one?

Old 03-11-20, 07:12 AM
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Coaster Brakes, Who has one?

I have one and building a second.
The first is a SRAM Automatix hub on a Bridgestone.






The second is another clunker/hybrid to be a big guy's BMX with a Shimano CB-E110 single speed coaster brake.






Started the wheel build and got it all wired up and it just would not stay round until I found that the short one was one of the trailing spokes. This was a bag of new spokes, how that short one got in there ???
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I was given an 89 Ross with a 26” wheeled coaster brake. I might use it on a build but the frame itself is tweaked. It’s a good condition Shimano 3CC hub with coaster arm, cable on the left side.
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Old 03-11-20, 09:58 AM
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I bought one of these coaster brake, single-speed hubs a few months back for a cheap flip bike. For less than $15 shipped, seem like a good deal. Other than the fact that I received a 32-hole hub rather than the 36-hole I ordered, it seems like a decent hub.
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I have two cruisers with coaster brakes. A Schwinn Heavy Duti with a Bendix and an Electra with a Shimano. Both work well, but I am not racing down mountains with them.
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...the SRAM Automatix with coaster brake is a good solution to making a track frame legal to ride on the street without drilling it for a brake. Not sure they make them any more.




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Old 03-11-20, 11:12 AM
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My Sturmey Coaster brake 3 speed road bike,

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No photos available. No commuters, all leisure or "silly" bikes, original equipment.

BSA step-through Sturmey three-speed from... '65? Front caliper along with the coaster; not ridden enough to judge it

'69 Sears Spyder step-through single-speed. Coaster only, and weeeeeeak. I would not ride this bike down a hill. Probably needs service

Chrome Ross Piranha BMX, mid-'80s. Rear caliper along with the coaster. Abandoned; bike was missing the little strap that keeps the coaster arm from rotating, so, as is well-documented, the cones would loosen when you slam the brake. Fixed now; the coaster is strong enough to skid the back tire. I may move the caliper to the front.

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'71 Schwinn something.

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This wears a Shimano CB-E110 in the rear - hubs laced to Alienation PBR rims.


Fichtel & Sachs Torpedo Duomatic (36 hole) on this one.
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A few years ago, we took the loaner bikes out from a hotel where we were staying. They were 3-speeds with coaster brakes. I didn't mind, but it drove my spouse crazy. She engaged the brake accidentally a lot.
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I grew up with coaster brakes. So did everyone else here. And because of that they were not cool. They braked fine, although my locking them up at every opportunity must have caused a lot of flat spots on my rear tire.

I remember getting my first bike with "hand brakes" at 14. And an SA 3-speed hub. Now, that was a bike for grown-ups!
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And because of that they were not cool.
But they are cool now!
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Coaster brakes are nice because they are simple and the finished bike has no, or only a few cables. That Sram 2 speed kick back hub was really tempting for me. Two speeds, no cable. Nice. I never did buy it though. The old Bendix one would be tempting too. I like the simplicity of a simple coaster brake.

The other great thing about coaster brakes is that you can skid, when your a kid or just want to act like one.
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But they are cool now!
Well, maybe. Sort of. But two problems remain, at least with the ones I see here: they are all single speed, and invariably laced to ugly and heavy steel rims.
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Well, maybe. Sort of. But two problems remain, at least with the ones I see here: they are all single speed, and invariably laced to ugly and heavy steel rims.
See post #9 . First one has some really nice aluminum rims, and the second one is a two speed. Not everyday, high mileage types for me, but pretty cool for a nice cruise. The folder is actually a decent errand bike. The big red beast makes me feel like a kid again.
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Well, maybe. Sort of. But two problems remain, at least with the ones I see here: they are all single speed, and invariably laced to ugly and heavy steel rims.
This is ridiculous. A single speed is all that some conditions call for, and CB hubs can be laced into any rim one chooses. Plus, the the bike can be lighter without caliper brakes, levers and cables. (and gears)


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2 speed with alloy rims (apologies for fender line)
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Well, maybe. Sort of. But two problems remain, at least with the ones I see here: they are all single speed, and invariably laced to ugly and heavy steel rims.
My post, #6 , is a Sturmey Archer 3 speed coaster brake bike with nice lightweight aluminum rims :-) The bike flat out cooks! On flatter rides I can average 17 to 18 MPH and I'm not particularly fit right now.
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I got one. I impulse bought this vintage Worksman newsboy bike a few years ago. I have a buddy that I thought would be all over it but he was not so I am stuck with it. Might be that it weighs about 50 lbs. The previous owner sanded it to bare steel and clear coated it. Has a cool steampunk klunker look to it though. I don't ride it much because I live at the top of a hill in the country. I do occasionally practice my skid marks down the driveway. It would make a great bar hopper but the closest one is six miles.


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MrK. , where'd you get that ^^^^^ little stand?
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As seen at the signup for the Coaster Brake Challenge, a mountain bike race series for coaster brake only bikes https://atomiccycles.com/coaster.html















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After twenty five or more years of dealing with little five hundred bikes; I've seen way more of them than I can handle! From red-line to Bendix to Shimano, I think I can rebuild one in a coma. A complete wheel build on one is about 35 minutes and even at that it still is hard to get me to work on one. They are fine products and very service oriented wheels and do a good job. But not my current cup of lubrication. Smiles, MH
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^^^^^^ Some C&V van peep show porn, up there.
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How about some heat sinks to cool off that coaster brake hub on long descents:









On this bike, water is sprayed onto the rear hub for cooling!


Here's a Shimano cb-e110 rear hub modified for 135mm dropouts: Wheels Mfg #34 axle, Pork Chop BMX axle nuts, 10mm spacer plus hardened steel washer on the brake arm side, chamfered leading edge brake shoes, bearing cages removed and loose bearings added on the drive side. Brass washers under the spoke heads. High temperature grease. This is a 29er wheel
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