Coaster brake adjustment?

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  1. Beej

    Beej New Member

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    Can Coaster brakes be adjusted to have more or less stopping power? My brake feels a little light on the braking power and I would like to have it a little stronger.
     
  2. bairdco

    bairdco a guy who makes cool bikes

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    there are no adjustments on a coaster brake. the only thing you can do is take it apart, clean all the old grease out of it, and re-assemble it with some high quality grease. and when it comes to coaster brakes, there's no such thing as "too much" grease.

    another way to make them work better is to use a smaller sprocket in the front. that gives the brake more leverage.
     
  3. Beej

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    How hard is it to take apart and put back together? What grease is the best to use? It is a brand new Phat Cycles beach cruiser, the Skullz model. The coaster brake says HISTOP on the arm.
     
  4. bairdco

    bairdco a guy who makes cool bikes

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    they're no fun your first time, you gotta make sure you keep track of all the parts. i use hi-temp wheel bearing grease from ACE, i think Phil Wood is probably the best, you might find it at a good bike shop, or that red grease, can't think of the name...

    here's a few sites that take you through it:

    Park Tool Website

    Bicycle Coaster Brakes

    and then this guy takes it to the extreme, but i don't like all of his recommendations: Overhauling a Coaster Brake Bike
     

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