• Register now! It's free and easy.
  • Show your bike to the world, upload a photo today!
  • Hi Guest, did you know we have a dark style? It might be easier on the eyes at night time! Try it out here: Style Chooser

Brakes coaster brakes

U

Unregistered

Guest
I'm new to motorized bicycles and was wondering if the single rear coaster brake on a single speed crusier has enough stopping power?
 


M

mickey

Guest
I think a single brake is not enough to bet your life on. Especially a coaster brake. If you had a chain part, you'd have no brakes but your Fred Flintstones. :D

I'd add a front caliper brake at least.
 
Joined
Jan 10, 2008
Messages
61
I recommend adding a front brake as soon as possible. A coaster brake generally won't stop you in an a sudden emergency stop, plus if your regular bike chain breaks or jumps off the sprocket....you'll have no brakes at all. Spooky Tooth sells a nice meaty front brake kit that will stop much more quickly than a coaster. Best of luck with your new MB.
 
Joined
Jan 22, 2008
Messages
195
Do yourself a big favor and invest in atleast a front caliper brake. My coaster brake is sketchy enough as it is, factor an engine into it and you're asking for trouble.
 
B

Bean Oil

Guest
Short answer: No.

Always add a front brake; whatever you can use up front is a HUGE safety advantage in an emergency stop.
Just cruisin' around, yeah, the foot brake is fine but if you need to stop instantly and in a short a distance as possible, you need a front brake.

Now, join up! Register here with a username, a password and post an introductory post as per the private message that will be sent to you upon completetion of your free registration.

:)~
 
G

gone_fishin

Guest
there ya go...we got all 5 of those replies independantly of each other...& i personally agree.
 
J

JemmaUK

Guest
My advice is the coaster brake will stop you - up until it dies/fails ... and then you would be in trouble

my personal setup would be (when I have the money) - front drum brake and front rim brake plus the coaster - depending on the speed of the machine...

I would trust that to stop me up to 35mph plus...

Double pull brake lever for the two front brakes...

Expensive but doesnt hurt as much as the side of a dodge...

Jemma xx
 
K

kerf

Guest
In addition to the limitations of a coaster brake, it's the front wheel that will be most efficient in stopping the bike due to the forward weight transfer. In a quick stop, I don't use the rear brake because the wheel will lock up and just slide. I've lifted the rear wheel off the ground more than once, scared myself a few times too.
 
T

turbo/chaos

Guest
twin brake for me works the best front and back at the same time cant go wrong ther i know i drive and deliver on my bike every day and drive it 60-80 mils a day belive me it works out just as well as moding it to fit a drum
 
Top