Re: The *BEST* Solution for "THE" tensioner/pulley
No- a derailleur doesn't work with a coaster brake, so I was talking more about when you may be deciding what bike to build-
Coaster brakes are convenient- but handbrakes work well- especially with a dual brake handle, or things are cluttered otherwise-
I've put an alloy 27 x 1 1/4 rim on my cruiser- which is lighter and really rolls better than the 26 x 1.75. But the best part is that I was able to put a Campagnolo side pull brake on- and it really is a great brake! Much better than the original cantilever.
I thought about a bigger wheel for the back, but am gonna leave the 26" on, just to not have to mess with it. I'd have to get another caliper brake with a fairly long reach too, because the micargi frame support is drilled through at an upward angle.
Anyway it sorta looks cool like a Harley with a bigger skinny wheel on the front. and rolls better too.