Disabling coaster brake

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  1. eisle89

    eisle89 New Member

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    I want to run linear pulls for the front and rear. Is there a way to remove the inner shoes so I can avoid any lockup problems ?? Will this work ?? TIA
     
  2. Bikeguy Joe

    Bikeguy Joe Godfather of Motorized Bicycles

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    Yes, just take them out.
     
  3. Bikeguy Joe

    Bikeguy Joe Godfather of Motorized Bicycles

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    Why not leave them in and run triple brakes?
     
  4. eisle89

    eisle89 New Member

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    Well, I'm just trying to eliminate potential problems and I had read some people have experienced lockups , so ............ Is it " just remove the shoes or do I need to replace them with spacers ? Thanks for the reply
     
  5. Venice Motor Bikes

    Venice Motor Bikes Custom Builder / Dealer/Los Angeles

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    The only times I have ever had the coaster brakes lock up, was when it was the only brake on the bike!
    If you just add a good front brake to your bike & use that a little more than the coaster, you should be just fine!
     
  6. HoughMade

    HoughMade New Member

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    I run a coaster brake (not the only brake) and it works fine. Repack it with high-temp grease and make sure it is repacked every so often (as you would have to with any bearings) and it will be fine.
     
  7. deacon

    deacon minor bike philosopher

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    I have coaster brakes on all my bikes and the only time ever had problems with them is when I try to lube them. I usually ruin them. I can do the bearing no sweat but if I fool around with the brakes its trashcan city for the wheel.
     
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    Three washers did the trick for me. The washers are important. Bring an axle washer from your wheel to the hardware store and match it up. Try not to get them so thick so you can adjust them out. This will work for other brands too including the China Coasters.

    Suntour Freecoaster/Coaster brake
     
  9. azbill

    azbill Active Member

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    I just removed the 2 metal brake shoes on the coaster I used...put 1500-2000 miles on that wheel before the frame cracked and I had to change bikes
     
  10. Bikeguy Joe

    Bikeguy Joe Godfather of Motorized Bicycles

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    I have removed the shoes with no washers or spacers.
     
  11. Large Filipino

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    Maybe it's just the China coaster but sans washers you can sometimes pedal forward a bit before it grabs. With the washers it grabs right now.
     
  12. Goat Herder

    Goat Herder Gutter Rider

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    :crash:Never did like that prob with peddling forward to much to grab
     
  13. eisle89

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    Thank you everyone for your replies. I have to say I really appreciate all the help that is offered in this forum. I lurked here for about 2 months writing down notes for my first build. I'll put up my pix soon so that you can see what YOU'VE done. Thanks again
     
  14. alexmeboy

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    What I did when I was younger and I couldn't afford the "new" BMX bikes whith a real freewheel cassette was to remove the pads and replace it with a spring that would press the bendix part outward, A valve spring from a lawnmower engine worked great if I recall correctly.Grabbed quickly and would freewheel backwards easily.

    Enjoy !
     
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    Im gonna dust off this thread and give it a try on my cruiser, my one question is can you pedal backwards freely if you dont add the extra washers?

    Thanks!
     
  16. Cabinfever1977

    Cabinfever1977 New Member

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    I replaced my coaster brake wheel with a mountain bike wheel i already had and i put the cruiser tire on the mountainbike wheel.
    I added a front caliper brake.
     
  17. stv1jzgte

    stv1jzgte New Member

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    Apart from when i was a kid i havnt seen a coaster brake in 20years! we use to call em "back brakes"
     
  18. tommyboy1442

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    i once had a coaster brake lock on me at the end of a race, the wheel started hopping and i ended up flipping over the bars and crackin my dome off the ground.other than that, coaster brakes been pretty good to me....
     

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