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Old 07-18-2015, 02:52 AM
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Default 49 higgins fd

1949 jc higgins boys 20" 3speed
Bumble bee bolt on kit

Moped shocks added to the sissy bar for a smoother ride.
The kit comes with a heavy duty bungee, but i was not getting the needed tension, so i found the crustiest spring in my scrap pile, and its a perfect tension (from an old trampoline)

Still not finished

Need to add stabilizing bars to keep the shock/sissy bar from folding

Does around 28-30 wot
Plenty fast for just a coaster brake.

Ill keep you all updated as progress ensues






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Old 07-18-2015, 08:55 AM
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Please add a front brake. Don't want a friend hurt. Two brakes are always better than one.
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Old 07-19-2015, 09:56 AM
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Please add a front brake. Don't want a friend hurt. Two brakes are always better than one.

There literally is no way to do so without modifying the frame. Which i cannot do. Not because i don't have the ability, just do not want to permanently change the originality of the frame, forks.

I appreciate the concern old friend.

I may eventually come across another moped front hub, at that point i will add the drum so as to have additional stopping power.
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Old 07-28-2015, 06:29 PM
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There literally is no way to do so without modifying the frame. Which i cannot do. Not because i don't have the ability, just do not want to permanently change the originality of the frame, forks.

I appreciate the concern old friend.

I may eventually come across another moped front hub, at that point i will add the drum so as to have additional stopping power.
Nice bike!! Rear suspension seat must be nice.

Use a sturmey-archer drum hub. Costs $85 for the 90mm one and you need some spokes and a regular MTB lever, total cost under $120. One brake is ok IF it is on the front, but just a back brake is dangerous.

Frame or fork mods not required.
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Toss a fork on you don't care about and modify that....saving your original
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Old 08-11-2015, 02:03 AM
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Shocks on a banana, cool. I could have used those back in the 60s on my
'expendable' Huffer. That bike was doomed the moment I coughed up $15
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