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
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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....