Re: New to the motor bicycle world!
I recommend disc brakes, at least for the front. I have front disc, coaster rear & I can tell you that having the option of being able to lock up the back wheel in a panic stop has saved me more than once from inattentive drivers who assume that when they see you on a bicycle that you aren't traveling faster than 10-15 mph. That aside, the majority of my braking comes from the front wheel. I do not trust rim clamp brakes, even for pedal power. They just don't grab hard enough for my satisfaction.
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