Brakes Brakes for my awesome cruiser! Please reply.

Discussion in 'Bicycle Repair' started by Donavan321, Jun 23, 2013.

  1. Donavan321

    Donavan321 Member

    I currently have side pull V brakes on front and back of my motorized 7-speed Schwinn Cruiser. NOW.....ultimately.....I'd like to get a drum brake in the front( I can buy a rim that has the drum brake built in from a friend for less than $150) BUT I was wondering if there are any V-pads that are more heavy duty that won't wear out as fast, since I'm motorized. They're adequate brakes but they wear out pretty quick(ish) let me know what I can get. PS...this is NOT a coaster brake cruiser. If you hadn't already guessed.

  2. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Active Member

    Last edited: Jun 23, 2013
  3. Donavan321

    Donavan321 Member

    does the fork just twist right out? I'm assuming it's just and in-out thing and is easy to replace, I could be wrong. I have thought about a disc brake before.
  4. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Active Member

    Biggest question is what size the fork you have now. You're in luck if it's 1.125" threadless.

    If so, everything unbolts, then you reuse your bearings. Measure your steerer tube, ESPECIALLY if shopping for a used fork.

    If fork is shorter than yours, you can't use it. Slip it into your bike. If it's too long, get more spacers or cut the pipe to length.

    The star nut should be in there. If not, install one, grease your bearings and reassemble.

    Everything else easily bolts on.

    Now you have front suspension ANNND excellent braking.

    Check your craiglist. You can prolly find everything used for $50, maybe less.

    Ohhh, if your fork's 1" size, it's MUCH harder to find a suspension fork w/disc brake for it.
  5. Big Red

    Big Red Active Member

    Upgrading brakes is not a sentimental gesture. I use cantilevers on my bike but would love to upgrade to disc, or at least drum. Brakes are by far the most important component on your bike. You can have the best engine money can buy but if you can't stop you will die. And better stopping power may just save your life. So, Upgrading brakes is not just for sentimental value. I'm kinda suprised someone would tell that to a person that's trying to improve such an important thing.
    Big Red.
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2013
  6. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Active Member

    After unbolting the top bolt, the fork literally falls out of the frame.
  7. tomr

    tomr New Member


    new here and can't figure it out too well yet, but i have a question that i need answered.
    i just bought a used recumbent that i want to have A honda motor put on.
    It has 7 speeds and a derailer, but they are in need of repair.
    My question is, do i need all that when i put the motor on, or can i just purchase a standard thing from the bike shop?
  8. Big Red

    Big Red Active Member


    This is how I did it on a customer build. It came out very solid. I think there are kits you can just buy though. I'll check around to see if I can find one.
    If you're not gonna pedal it a lot, just set it in a gear thats easy to pedal just in case you have to. When yer under power the derailleur is useless.
    Big Red.

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  9. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Active Member

    I'm in the midst of trying to install Suzuki motorcycle front suspension and 240mm hydraulic disc brake on a cruiser bike frame.

    The benefits are promising and quite obvious.

    The price to pay is an EXTREME amount of searching for information and the expense and frustration of hit-and-miss trial-and-error mismatching of parts.

    So far there are no outsourcing labor expenses for machining and custom fabrication. The hit-and-miss matching of parts seems to be working, but it takes $$ and a LOT of time.
  10. Big Red

    Big Red Active Member

    Not a lot of venders have motorized stuff for recumbents. The only one I've found so far is Staton inc.
    Also check out this on the forum.

    Hope this helps some,
    Big Red.
  11. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Active Member

    Hey, thanks for the tips and warning.
  12. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    I personally find dual V's to be the best brakes for the money.
    Decent and easy to replace with the wheel on, you just have to adjust them right and yes there are larger and more meaty pads that last longer.

    Discs are dandy brakes but they have little dime or nickle size ceramic pads that stop you great but they wear out much faster, U have seen new sets go in two months.
    The pads cost more to replace and depending not as easy to do.

    Band brakes work pretty well and last longer than V but it is still a brake part that wears, it is just harder to find and not cheap or easy to replace.

    Hub brakes like band brakes have pads but the drum is just like a coaster brake. the parts are inside the hub which again means pulling the wheel and pricely parts.

    Unless you really need the stopping power of discs I'd stick with V's and and put the money you would throw at a disc setup into a lifetime supply of new nice V-brake pads and smile ;-}
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  13. Big Red

    Big Red Active Member

    Yer right KC, (I guess,) But I would still like an old style moped rear hub on mine for the drum rear brake and the more stable setup. Right now I have cantilevers on the front and a coaster on the rear. I HATE coaster brakes, I've already been in at least one wreck because of it. (It locked up in a turn.) And ya gotta admit, A drum beats the h3ll out of a coaster any day.
    Big Red.