I saw a bike

deacon

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today at the thrift store. I have never seen one like it. It had hand brakes on front and rear wheels and a cable that ran to the axle but only had on two positions. Anybody know what it is. Also only had one sprocket on the front and rear
 

deacon

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Since I have had sooo many cruiser bikes with worn out rear wheels, I think i'll stay away from this kind of bike but it is interesting to note.
 

Norman

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Deacon
I had a bike like that when I was a kid 3 speed with a twist grip shifter. Made in England. I sold around 60 cased of Christmas cards to get the bike. 12 Boxes of cards in each case. I think they were $2.00 then. I learned to sell stuff by doing that I was scared to talk to people then.
But I got over it and sold all the cards within a year my granddad helped me to get started as he was a good salesman and had worked in stores as a salesman he would tell me what to say and turn me lose he helped me out quite a bit. Man that was along time ago I think I was 10 or 11 then.
Norman.
 

deacon

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Yeah like i said bike has to be worn out lol...but it had one big butted frame. I never saw the cable going right to the hub before, but I have seen a few three speed bikes with really wimpy frames but they had multiple sprockets on the rear.

You know I have learned enough about chains to know I can use a rear coaster wheel and a front mtb crank by using a coaster chain on it. Now If i were going to build the ideal bike, I would get hold a mountain bike frame. big and strong, then take off the rear wheel since I'm never going to use gears when I can throttle up. Add a new 20" coaster wheel for the stability and braking control. remove the rear brake, but leave the control cable to use on the clutch. Use the shifter as a thumb throttle instead of that plastic thing that comes in the kit. I think that would about do it. In other words the bike I have now but bigger stronger and will all new parts.
 
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