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Old 09-18-2011, 07:56 PM
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Default Re: Anyone considering buying a Cranbrook Please Read First

Let me start out by saying I am not a professional anything these days, Least of all a bike builder. I like coaster brakes mostly because I build more friction drive than anything else. I can drop a motor on top of the rear coaster brake and not worry about cable and brake levers positioning. I always put on a second brake for the front as a emergency brake but I have never needed it as such.

A friction drive I build will typically go about 20 mph or so. Get off the throttle and it starts bleeding speed immediately just from the engine drag. So I have to think that its more different strokes kind of thing than they are useless, or dangerous. Probably more they work for what they are, but don't work too good for what they aren't. I also hear the new wheels are not nearly as effective as the old one.
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