Springer fork/w disk brake

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Tom from Rubicon, Apr 20, 2016.

  1. Gentle folk all,
    Having delved deep into this forum archive with less than satisfactory results I would appreciate those with specific experience to give me/ us some input.
    History;
    Having just completed a 4stroke 49cc Huffy- Davidson build and now have 40 miles on it.
    I have read enough about Huffy coaster brakes that I need to either up grade the coaster brake w/ new coaster brake or put that upgrade off for awhile and look to disk braking the front wheel. The Monark type II is very attractive in a nostalgic way. The up grade looks to cost $300+ and if it would improve my safety and ride comfort may offset the cost.
    Replies Please.
    Tom from Rubicon,WI
     

  2. Hello Moto!

    Hello Moto! Active Member

    Well you have several choices, the main of which is rigid or suspension. For suspension you can use springer or MTB style forks. For rigid you can use regular style forks or triple tree. As far as I've seen you can get springers with mounts for disc brakes and hub but that's it. I haven't seen any with V brake mounts. Different MTB suspension forks have disc, V and cantilever mounts, some have all three. Rigid forks can be found with all three types of brake mounts but the triple tree style have usually just disc brake mounts similar to the springers. Figuring out whether you need 1" or 1 1/8", threaded or threadless steerer tube will limit your selection as well.

    If you decide to get the springer and equip the disc brake mount you'll have to get a front rim with a disc brake hub too and the actual brake hardware. If you went with a MTB suspension fork you could find one with V brake mounts and still be able to use your stock front rim.

    That's my 2 cents :)
     
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  3. 45u

    45u Active Member

    What springier do you? I have a Schwinn with a springier and even thaw it is not disc I have seen people put friction brakes on them. Yes I agree a front brake is needed even thaw I have well over a gallon throw mine with out a front brake that is the next thing on my list. Here is a picture of a spring like mine with friction brakes I go off eBay. Let us know what you come up with.

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  4. Hello Moto!

    Hello Moto! Active Member

    Yeah I've heard of people fitting caliper brakes on cruisers where the fender would usually mount. Seems like a viable option.
     
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  5. 45u

    45u Active Member

    You have to make sure you get the right caliper. I use friction brakes as disc brakes all so have calipers. I bought a caliper before I had the bike but when the bike got here it does not fit. I think I am going to go by a bicycle shop with it and see if they have whit I need. Right not cannot do much do to being in the hospital. I am home now.

    Here is mine.

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  6. Hello Moto!

    Hello Moto! Active Member

    Some have a little longer reach than others. These C brakes have a 79-99mm reach http://www.amazon.com/Tektro-Caliper-Brake-Beach-Cruiser/dp/B00BLM3TZO?ie=UTF8&keywords=beach cruiser brakes&qid=1461261645&ref_=sr_1_2&sr=8-2

    Perhaps these would work for you, unless your not fitting issue isn't related to the actual reach of the calipers. These have the farthest reach I have seen.
     
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  7. 45u

    45u Active Member

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  8. Hello Moto!

    Hello Moto! Active Member

    Your Welcome!
     
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  9. Seems I have started a good thread, that said more input and please reference the opening thread.
    For you who have responded, I mounted a front side pull brake before the engine went in and it works.
    Being 65yrs old I am trying to take a bit of shock out of my riding experience and improve my braking
    at the same time.
    I am a motorcyclist with a 1950 FL Harley and a 1979 BMW RS/80 so I just want empirical data to work with.
    Tom from Rubicon
     
  10. Neufcruz

    Neufcruz Member

    A tad bit off topic but for my next build (electric)I am planning to build a vintage style with springer forks. I'm curious to how those forks handle at any speed.lets say around 30mph and are they actually functional.
    Nice bike by the way. I'm a die hard motorcyclist turned into a motored bicyclist and now electric bicyclist.
    Just love to tinker and experiment.
    Good luck!
    Mike
     
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  11. 45u

    45u Active Member

    I am 61 been riding motorcycles none stop for over 45 years. Here is my only transportation besides my motor bikes. I do no own or want to own a cage I just do not like them and been the way all my life. Here she is 116.000 miles just broke in. She and I have ridden to and back all but 5 states did Alaska in 2005 a little over 10,000 miles in just over a month.

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    When I started on this 1946U 74 flat head with two wheel hubs and a gasket kit. She was my main transportation for years.

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  12. Still hoping to get some input from MB riders using Monark springer's with disk brakes on a Huffy.
     
  13. 45u

    45u Active Member

    Wish I could help. I am going to order a brake caliper like you posted this week. Thanks!
     
  14. Nice looking rig.
     
  15. 45u

    45u Active Member

    No that one is not mine but this is. I have the brake caliper you posted on the way.

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  16. Hello Moto!

    Hello Moto! Active Member

    Oh that was me. No problem man. Take care. I hope it works for you.
     
  17. 45u

    45u Active Member

    No problem. If you look in the picture you thought was mine you will see it has a friction brake caliper on it. This is why I was using this picture to show a springer like mine.
     
  18. 45U,
    In 1970 a fellow apprentice got me started on the one piece at a time and I went steady at it for about 6 months. Knucklehead frame and a bunch of other gunk as we called back in the day. Then I saw an advertisement in the paper.
    1950 FL $750.00, there and then I ceased to try the nickel and dime approach. It just didn't work where I lived at the time "Illinois". My down fall was the sellers advice to keep it stock. My foolish intention was to build a chopper.
    That $750 grew with NOS parts from an old Indian/Harley dealership in Chicago. And as the 74' wasn't going fast enough so on Christmas Eve 1974 I bought a Chicago Cop servicar and another basket trike. Good story eh?
    Tom from Rubicon,WI
     
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  19. Hello Moto!

    Hello Moto! Active Member

    I think you're confusing me with Tom from rubicon 45u. haha
     
  20. 45u

    45u Active Member

    Sorry at my age I do not have Alzheimer’s but I do have half timers. All is good.
     
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