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Old 08-01-2010, 10:44 PM
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Default Re: Identifying a jc higgins

the front coaster brake is an exercise in futility. it looks cool, but it's not very functional. you need a lot more leverage than the average brake lever will allow, and i don't want a giant motorcycle lever on my bike.

there's a few guys over at who've made them, and there's a post here, too, but the idea comes from New Departure, a bearing and hub maker from 1890's or so to 1950's.

they made a front brake based on a coaster hub, but they stepped up the action with a finer threaded worm gear.

they show up on ebay now and then for about 3-500 bucks for a NOS one.
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