If you are interested in a cruiser that only has a coaster break, you can install front and rear brakes and connect them to a dual brake lever like below. They are $10.99 on Amazon. This will free up space on the handle bars but some fine tuning will have to be done to ensure that the brakes work properly.How is everyone solving the braking issues with a Cruiser? It seems like most cruisers only come with a coaster brake. I'm giving the Felt cruisers a very hard look, and love the fact that they come standard with 12ga spokes and lots of style. If I install a Sturmey-Archer front drum, I've just added more money to already primo bike, and thrown away the first set of perfectly good spokes.
I'm also a little bummed that some of the nicest looking cruisers come with 3" wheels, and I don't think they'll work with the GEBE drive ring.
I've even thought about buying just a Felt frame, then ordering a set of Worksman wheels complete with drum brakes. I guess I could always buy a complete Felt bike and just set the factory wheels aside and install Worksmans.
Is there an "easy route" that I'm missing here?