Where to get Side Pull brakes?

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Chill, May 16, 2009.

  1. Chill

    Chill New Member

    I am a first time builder and decided to ditch the coaster brake on the Motorized Cruiser im building, and go with dual pull brake lever, I was wondering who makes a Cheap set of Side Pull brakes that I can bolt right on, I found a pair and tried em but its for old road tires and doesnt clear the fatty cruiser meat that I have. Thanks

  2. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

    Keep the coaster brake when you find your caliper brakes. That's what I did on my girlie cruiser.

    :idea:Three brakes are better than two brakes.
  3. ocscully

    ocscully Member

  4. SirJakesus

    SirJakesus Guest

    Indeed, don't ditch the coaster unless you have plans to use a hub with more gears or something. Those things can lock up a rear wheel way easier than rim brakes of any kind.

    I'd suggest taking a look at http://www.performancebike.com/
    I've never bought brakes from them, only the pads, but they do have an awesome selection and some reasonable prices on the "low end" bicycle parts.
  5. Nuttsy

    Nuttsy Member

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  6. Porkchop

    Porkchop Member

    Do you know what center pull brakes are ? I think they were the next generation after side pull breaks. I think they work better than side pull. And they should fit any bike that previously had side pull. At least as far as the mounting hole in your frame and/or front fork. Anyway, just throwing you another option you migh want to look at before buying. Amazon.com is a good place to part shop. You might be surprised at what you can find there.
    A little tip, when looking at an item, look and see if it's being sold by and shipped by amazon.com. A lot of items are being sold by another person or whatever through amazon. You might can go to that sellers site and get the item a little cheaper. Also, if you don't know what center pull brakes are, I'll be glad to photo one of my bikes and send it to you. Just let me know !
  7. Irish John

    Irish John Guest

    Chill, single bolt side pull brakes are the lowest form of brake and not much worse than coaster brakes. If you do not have a good front brake I'd recommend getting V-brake bosses brazed onto your rear seat stays and installing V-brakes which although linear pull brakes are vastly superior to the single bolt brake. A good front brake is essential but cruisers in the US have almost no brakes for some reason I've never managed to fathom. The rear coaster is a real dog of an invention but this year Schwinn have them on every cruiser which is such a shame.
  8. retromike3

    retromike3 Member

    not all side pulls at equal

    I have seen some really good side pull brakes in my time. They are rare but they do exist. On my current road bike I have a pair of Royal Grand Comp side pulls and they work quite well thank you.

    B.I.T.D. side pulls were the brake of choice for all of the top BMX racers and they were not cheap or ineffectual. If you find a old bike shop there might be a set somewhere but since V-brakes started to come into the BMX market good side pulls have gone the way of the passenger pigeon. You might find a pair on eBay that will do the job for you. Look for a brake with a more square profile,something with some "meat" on it.

    Mike Frye the bike guy
  9. abikerider

    abikerider Member

    I agree that it's very strange that a lot of cruisers don't have front brakes. Most of your available braking force comes from your front wheel because of the way weight transfers to the front wheel while braking. It's downright dangerous not to have a front brake! Try stopping a car quickly with just the rear emergency brake. You will have nice skid marks but your stopping distance will be looooong.

    I see several Schwinn cruisers available at Target and Walmart that have rear derailers and front and rear v-brakes. I think this is the way to go if you want to motorize a cruiser bike. That's what I have.