Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

Coaster Brakes, Who has one?

Notices
Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

Coaster Brakes, Who has one?

Old 03-12-20, 06:11 PM
  #26  
madpogue 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Madison, WI USA
Posts: 4,747
Mentioned: 28 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1496 Post(s)
Liked 568 Times in 437 Posts
Dang, if Repack Rider and his cohorts had those ^^^^^^, it might not have been called Repack Road.....
madpogue is offline  
Old 03-12-20, 06:17 PM
  #27  
Unapomer
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Left Coast, U.S. of A.
Posts: 118
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 27 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 17 Times in 12 Posts
Why repack when you can use a grease gun?

Unapomer is offline  
Old 03-12-20, 07:29 PM
  #28  
MrK.
Senior Member
 
MrK.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: ETX/ SNH
Posts: 184

Bikes: 2011 Handsome/ Twin Six Speedy Devil, 1973 World Voyageur, 2006 Soma Groove, 2000 Trek 820, 1991 Haro Impulse Comp, 1985 Shogun Prairie Breaker I, 1987 KHS Montana Pro, 1941 Schwinn DX "Klunker"

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 59 Post(s)
Liked 47 Times in 24 Posts
Originally Posted by madpogue View Post
MrK. , where'd you get that ^^^^^ little stand?
Amazon. Bout 30 bucks
MrK. is offline  
Old 03-12-20, 10:53 PM
  #29  
Pompiere
Senior Member
 
Pompiere's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: NW Ohio
Posts: 2,615

Bikes: 1984 Miyata 310, 1986 Schwinn Sierra, 2011 Jamis Quest, 1980 Peugeot TH8 Tandem, 1992 Performance Parabola, 1987 Ross Mt. Hood, 1988 Schwinn LeTour, 1988 Trek 400T

Mentioned: 17 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 254 Post(s)
Liked 70 Times in 52 Posts
I built this one from parts I had after I was gifted a Shimano 3 speed coaster brake hub. The serrated steel rims didn't work very well with caliper brakes, so I thought it was a good candidate for a coaster brake. The bike was a department store 10 speed with 26x1 3/8 wheels. It has a flattened downtube, like the Huffy Aerowind. I couldn't get all 3 speeds to work, so I put an acorn nut over the shift rod to hold it in 2nd gear. The seat post uses a grub screw for adjustment. Luckily, it is seized close enough to my size that I can ride it. It takes over 90 degrees of pedal rotation to engage the brake but that may be a function of the low gear ratio.
Pompiere is offline  
Old 04-03-20, 08:15 AM
  #30  
bwilli88 
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
bwilli88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Kampong Cham, Cambodia but I have quite a few in Lancaster, PA
Posts: 2,254

Bikes: Bikes in USA; 73 Raleigh Supercourse dingle speed, 74 Raleigh Grand Prix SS, 78 Raleigh Supercourse, 83 Centurion Pro-Tour, 82 Raleigh RRA.

Mentioned: 49 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 583 Post(s)
Liked 180 Times in 125 Posts
OBTW, here is the Bike I started this thread with now that it is finished

bwilli88 is offline  
Likes For bwilli88:
Old 04-03-20, 06:11 PM
  #31  
tkamd73 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Menomonee Falls, WI
Posts: 772

Bikes: 1984 Schwinn Supersport, 1988 Trek 400t, 1977 Trek TX900, 1981 Bianchi Champione del Mondo, 1986 Trek 400 Elance, 1978 Raleigh Supercourse, 1991 PDG Paramount OS, 1971 Schwinn Sports Tourer

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 248 Post(s)
Liked 131 Times in 92 Posts
Originally Posted by AlmostTrick View Post
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)


That bike is drop dead gorgeous! Now I know what to do with that late 80s, Schwinn Prelude frame hanging in my basement.
Thanks, Tim
tkamd73 is offline  
Old 04-03-20, 09:13 PM
  #32  
AlmostTrick
Tortoise Wins by a Hare!
 
AlmostTrick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Looney Tunes, IL
Posts: 6,977

Bikes: Wabi Special FG, Raleigh Roper, Nashbar AL-1, Miyata One Hundred, '70 Schwinn Lemonator and More!!

Mentioned: 20 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1341 Post(s)
Liked 518 Times in 292 Posts
Originally Posted by tkamd73 View Post
That bike is drop dead gorgeous! Now I know what to do with that late 80s, Schwinn Prelude frame hanging in my basement.
Thanks, Tim
I can't wait to see it! Oh, and thanks.
AlmostTrick is offline  
Old 04-09-20, 06:05 PM
  #33  
somepetalhead
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: MIA 305
Posts: 58

Bikes: BIANCHI SAN JOSE.55.WABI CLASSIC.55

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 20 Post(s)
Liked 7 Times in 5 Posts



Not classic classic... but for me its pretty classic. Trying to rebuild this bike up. This is what ive tossed together thus far.

Im not mashing down the streets... and man does it feel good to coast with no handle brakes.
somepetalhead is offline  
Likes For somepetalhead:
Old 04-10-20, 07:56 AM
  #34  
tkamd73 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Menomonee Falls, WI
Posts: 772

Bikes: 1984 Schwinn Supersport, 1988 Trek 400t, 1977 Trek TX900, 1981 Bianchi Champione del Mondo, 1986 Trek 400 Elance, 1978 Raleigh Supercourse, 1991 PDG Paramount OS, 1971 Schwinn Sports Tourer

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 248 Post(s)
Liked 131 Times in 92 Posts
Quite intrigued with this thread, so much so that I went out and bought one of these. Was going to use it on an old Schwinn Prelude frame I had laying around, However, considering rear hub spacing, I think I’m going to try and find an early 70s Schwinn Sports Tourer, 26in frame, and build it up somewhat similar to what @AlmostTrick did.
Tim



Sturmey Archer 2 speed kick-back, with coaster brake

Last edited by tkamd73; 04-11-20 at 07:37 PM.
tkamd73 is offline  
Old 04-10-20, 08:39 AM
  #35  
2old
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: socal
Posts: 2,205
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 374 Post(s)
Liked 144 Times in 102 Posts
Bikes Direct (Bike Island) three speed Nexus with some bling. Was building with a motor so my daughter would have a bike for a friend, but she didn't need it so I'm having a blast with it sans motor.

2old is offline  
Old 04-10-20, 06:20 PM
  #36  
oneclick
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2020
Posts: 269
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 103 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 94 Times in 63 Posts
Columbus track frame, two-speed hub, tubulars:

oneclick is offline  
Old 04-10-20, 08:42 PM
  #37  
jackbombay
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2019
Location: Eastern Idaho
Posts: 776
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 361 Post(s)
Liked 328 Times in 195 Posts
Originally Posted by tkamd73 View Post
Quite intrigued with this thread, so much so that I went out and bought on of these. Was going to use it on an old Schwinn Prelude frame I had laying around, However, considering rear hub spacing, I think I’m going to try and find an early 70s Schwinn Sports Tourer 26in frame, and build it up somewhat similar to what @AlmostTrick did.
Tim



Sturmey Archer 2 speed kick-back, with coaster brake
My frame builder buddy just finished a coaster brake only MTB build that will get that same hub, here is the frame he built, he built the bars too.



Originally Posted by oneclick View Post
Columbus track frame, two-speed hub, tubulars:

No rim brakes?
jackbombay is offline  
Likes For jackbombay:
Old 04-11-20, 12:38 AM
  #38  
bwilli88 
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
bwilli88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Kampong Cham, Cambodia but I have quite a few in Lancaster, PA
Posts: 2,254

Bikes: Bikes in USA; 73 Raleigh Supercourse dingle speed, 74 Raleigh Grand Prix SS, 78 Raleigh Supercourse, 83 Centurion Pro-Tour, 82 Raleigh RRA.

Mentioned: 49 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 583 Post(s)
Liked 180 Times in 125 Posts
Originally Posted by jackbombay View Post

No rim brakes?
Why?
Mine is just the coaster brake in the rear. Fun bike and fits the KISS principle.
Have you never put your foot on the front wheel to slow down?
bwilli88 is offline  
Old 04-11-20, 06:43 AM
  #39  
tkamd73 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Menomonee Falls, WI
Posts: 772

Bikes: 1984 Schwinn Supersport, 1988 Trek 400t, 1977 Trek TX900, 1981 Bianchi Champione del Mondo, 1986 Trek 400 Elance, 1978 Raleigh Supercourse, 1991 PDG Paramount OS, 1971 Schwinn Sports Tourer

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 248 Post(s)
Liked 131 Times in 92 Posts
Originally Posted by bwilli88 View Post
Why?
Mine is just the coaster brake in the rear. Fun bike and fits the KISS principle.
Have you never put your foot on the front wheel to slow down?
I agree, rode thousands of miles on my Schwinn Racer growing up, just had a coaster brake, never failed. Flat spotted a lot of rear tires, but brake never failed.
Tim
tkamd73 is offline  
Old 04-11-20, 06:59 AM
  #40  
AlmostTrick
Tortoise Wins by a Hare!
 
AlmostTrick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Looney Tunes, IL
Posts: 6,977

Bikes: Wabi Special FG, Raleigh Roper, Nashbar AL-1, Miyata One Hundred, '70 Schwinn Lemonator and More!!

Mentioned: 20 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1341 Post(s)
Liked 518 Times in 292 Posts
Part of the allure of the coaster brake is the minimalism. No levers or cables. While having a front brake in addition to the rear coaster brake is certainly wise, it's not needed for many situations.

I never took my coaster brake only Raleigh (posted above) on my work commute because it is on high speed roads during peak traffic periods, where I was more comfortable having front and rear brakes. But it was fun and plenty safe everywhere else I rode it.
AlmostTrick is offline  
Likes For AlmostTrick:
Old 04-11-20, 08:09 AM
  #41  
jackbombay
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2019
Location: Eastern Idaho
Posts: 776
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 361 Post(s)
Liked 328 Times in 195 Posts
Originally Posted by bwilli88 View Post
Why?
Mine is just the coaster brake in the rear. Fun bike and fits the KISS principle.
Have you never put your foot on the front wheel to slow down?
You're reading it wrong!!!

I was wanting confirmation that you weren't tainting this thread with pics of a bike that had rim brakes!

Here is my CB only bike, 3 speed, I had about 6 guys on this forum largely telling me I was stupid for wanting to build a CB only road bike...


Here is my CBRB (Coaster Brake Road Bike) I already posted in this thread, 1988 Schwinn Premis frame and fork that I stripped and refinished.

Originally Posted by jackbombay View Post
My Sturmey Coaster brake 3 speed road bike,

jackbombay is offline  
Likes For jackbombay:
Old 04-11-20, 07:35 PM
  #42  
tkamd73 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Menomonee Falls, WI
Posts: 772

Bikes: 1984 Schwinn Supersport, 1988 Trek 400t, 1977 Trek TX900, 1981 Bianchi Champione del Mondo, 1986 Trek 400 Elance, 1978 Raleigh Supercourse, 1991 PDG Paramount OS, 1971 Schwinn Sports Tourer

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 248 Post(s)
Liked 131 Times in 92 Posts
Originally Posted by AlmostTrick View Post
Part of the allure of the coaster brake is the minimalism. No levers or cables. While having a front brake in addition to the rear coaster brake is certainly wise, it's not needed for many situations.

I never took my coaster brake only Raleigh (posted above) on my work commute because it is on high speed roads during peak traffic periods, where I was more comfortable having front and rear brakes. But it was fun and plenty safe everywhere else I rode it.
Thats what Iím gonna try, minimalism, Iím going to remove all the braze-ons, except add one for the coaster brake arm, and no rim brakes. What could go wrong.🙈
Tim
tkamd73 is offline  
Old 04-11-20, 08:17 PM
  #43  
jackbombay
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2019
Location: Eastern Idaho
Posts: 776
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 361 Post(s)
Liked 328 Times in 195 Posts
Originally Posted by tkamd73 View Post
Iím going to remove all the braze-ons, except add one for the coaster brake arm...
I wish I would have added a slotted tab for my coaster brake torque arm, I did chop off all the braze ons and add some back on for the 3 speed shifter cable so I already had the torch out too...
jackbombay is offline  
Old 04-20-20, 11:03 AM
  #44  
steve sumner
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2020
Posts: 210

Bikes: '68 Masi Special road, Grail bike

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 64 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 41 Times in 34 Posts
I have LOTS of vintage coasters, maybe 25 in all. Bendix 2-speeds in all 3 colors, 1-speeds made in USA,
Germany, England. and France!
steve sumner is offline  
Old 04-20-20, 04:15 PM
  #45  
somepetalhead
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: MIA 305
Posts: 58

Bikes: BIANCHI SAN JOSE.55.WABI CLASSIC.55

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 20 Post(s)
Liked 7 Times in 5 Posts
another thing coaster brakes are good for is if you paid for colored rims or deep vs or blunts etc... the tim break tacky's that all up. cant stand the silver strip on colored rims
somepetalhead is offline  
Old 04-20-20, 05:59 PM
  #46  
jackbombay
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2019
Location: Eastern Idaho
Posts: 776
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 361 Post(s)
Liked 328 Times in 195 Posts
Rode 25 miles on my coaster brake 3 speed bike today :-)
jackbombay is offline  
Old 07-09-20, 12:00 PM
  #47  
tkamd73 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Menomonee Falls, WI
Posts: 772

Bikes: 1984 Schwinn Supersport, 1988 Trek 400t, 1977 Trek TX900, 1981 Bianchi Champione del Mondo, 1986 Trek 400 Elance, 1978 Raleigh Supercourse, 1991 PDG Paramount OS, 1971 Schwinn Sports Tourer

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 248 Post(s)
Liked 131 Times in 92 Posts
Me as of now. Thanks to this thread, and specifically a post by @AlmostTrick. Based on a 71 Schwinn Sports Tourer, frame mods, repaint, decals, and wheel build by Yellow Jersey, in Arlington WI. Only real issue was the Schwinn 22.1mm stem requirement, not a lot of choices, so ended up going with a mountain bike stem verses the classic 7, to get the bars where I wanted them. First ride this morning, I’ll be putting some miles on this one.
Tim



1971 Sports Tourer frame



FD braze-on for coaster brake, all other braze-ons removed


Sturmey Archer 2 speed kickback hub

tkamd73 is offline  
Likes For tkamd73:
Old 07-09-20, 01:14 PM
  #48  
AlmostTrick
Tortoise Wins by a Hare!
 
AlmostTrick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Looney Tunes, IL
Posts: 6,977

Bikes: Wabi Special FG, Raleigh Roper, Nashbar AL-1, Miyata One Hundred, '70 Schwinn Lemonator and More!!

Mentioned: 20 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1341 Post(s)
Liked 518 Times in 292 Posts
Wow tkamd73 , that turned out really clean! Did you add the brake tab and do the paint yourself? I always wanted to try one of those kickbacks. Great job!
AlmostTrick is offline  
Old 07-09-20, 01:34 PM
  #49  
tkamd73 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Menomonee Falls, WI
Posts: 772

Bikes: 1984 Schwinn Supersport, 1988 Trek 400t, 1977 Trek TX900, 1981 Bianchi Champione del Mondo, 1986 Trek 400 Elance, 1978 Raleigh Supercourse, 1991 PDG Paramount OS, 1971 Schwinn Sports Tourer

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 248 Post(s)
Liked 131 Times in 92 Posts
Originally Posted by AlmostTrick View Post
Wow tkamd73 , that turned out really clean! Did you add the brake tab and do the paint yourself? I always wanted to try one of those kickbacks. Great job!
Thanks, my idea for the removal of the braze-ons and brake arm tab, and I did pick the color, but frame mods and paint, was done by Yellow Jersey. Kick back hub works great, lot of fun to ride. Would have never done this, had you not posted your orange coaster build.
Thanks again, Tim
tkamd73 is offline  
Old 07-09-20, 02:03 PM
  #50  
dweenk 
Senior Member
 
dweenk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Maryland
Posts: 3,482

Bikes: 1971 Fuji Finest, Royale, S-10-S, 1976 Motobecane Mirage, 1989 Trek 330, 1100, 1970 Raleigh Sport, and more

Mentioned: 47 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 709 Post(s)
Liked 98 Times in 72 Posts
Both of the bikes I had as a kid had coaster brakes. I didn't know there was any other way to stop without one. Then my neighbor got a Western Flyer 3-speed English racer - caliper brakes. Man was I envious of his bike. It was black, it had skinny tires, a bag hanging from the saddle, and 3 speeds.

Fast forward many decades and I bought another coaster brake bike at a yard sale - a Panasonic Cruiser 1 for $20. It was a very nice gas pipe lugged frame cruiser. I put a rack on it and used it as my town bike; picking up some groceries and beer and such. The thing that bothered me was that after coming to a stop, my pedals were not in the right position to make a quick start. Eventually I sold it to a young guy who really wanted a cruiser and I included the absurdly wide original handlebars in the sale.
__________________
"The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read." ĖMark Twain
dweenk is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.