first build and new to site

Discussion in 'Photos & Bicycle Builds' started by BBC_BelAir, May 30, 2009.

  1. BBC_BelAir

    BBC_BelAir New Member

    this is my first build as the title states any input would be great. its an all aluminum from toy r us (good or bad choice??) the only thing that questions my is the coaster break ( good enough for stopping ??)

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  2. Not good enough for stopping! You need front and rear brakes on an mb. Should be ok w/ some simple front brakes and coaster.
  3. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    A coaster brake lesson heard yesterday.

    Jack came over to shoot the bull for a half hour, he had got a semi-do-it-yourselfer up and running after I sold the guy a wheel, ring and belt.

    His stretch cruiser has coaster brakes, but he has an antique Worksman step thru that he motorized a few months ago.

    We have been drenched for months, and a friend of his went down his modestly steep driveway on that Worksman, hit the coaster brakes at the end of the drive, and tumbled into the swampy ditch next to Jack's mailbox.

    LESSON? Don't let friends or family try out a coaster braked bike, you may adjust to it fine and dandy, but it takes a lot of practice to relay from brains to feet for sudden or wet roads stopping.

    There is no way to pass on your experience to a coaster brake rookie. It's not safe.
  4. RMWdave

    RMWdave Member

    yea coaster brakes are like old tractor brakes, you have to put the pressure to them early on and gradually increase it for them to stop you. **** some kid was all over the bike path today and i had to swerve to miss his *** i grabbed the clutch and let me tell you that the bike handles way different with a motor inside the frame.

    coaster brakes are fine if you take the time to appreciate the fact that they take longer to stop you, and dont forget to clutch!
  5. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

    I agree that a front brake of some kind makes you much safer. It's cheaper than massive dental work.
  6. BBC_BelAir

    BBC_BelAir New Member

    i have a disk brake off go ped ill fab on. rode for the first time tonite what a rush!! had trouble starting at first put my meter on every thing possable to find out clutch was too tight so it was slipping, then while ridding lost idle adjustment screw :shout: so durring the build i replaced all the bolts with allen heads and now one of the mag cover bolts replaced the idle adj screw also i put a jam nut on it :evilgrin:
  7. fm2200

    fm2200 Member

    I would say a coaster brake got me sideways twice and I avoided hitting the side of a car that was riding in the same direction along side me when he suddenly turned to his right up a side street. If it not had been for the coaster brake locking up the rear tire I would have surely hit the side of his vehicle and causing considerable damage to myself. A front brake is very good to have also, at most times the engine serves as a brake when the throttle is off, the compression slows you down in a significant way. Are you in Belair, Md just curious
  8. BBC_BelAir

    BBC_BelAir New Member

    no i have a 1955 belair with 454 :evilgrin:
  9. BBC_BelAir

    BBC_BelAir New Member

    better pic

  10. h0tr0d

    h0tr0d Member

    The bike looks great. I really like the color. Everyone is right about the coaster brakes being dangerous. The problem with coaster brakes is you cant put your feet on the ground when you start to slide (and it's gonna slide if you lock it up), and your brain can't decide between BRAKE and FALL or STAND UP and CRASH. It's just not ideal.
  11. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    That is a very good looking bike. I don't know much about aluminum frames for these. Haven't I heard somewhere that it's not ideal? If I'm right about that, then Bel Air ought to know it. Opinions?

    You guys have reminded me of something that I haven't thought about in a long time.
    As a kid I learned to ride bikes with coaster brakes. I remember the first time I road a multi-speed, hand-braked bike. I must have been about 7 or 8 years old. Got up a bit of speed, then started pedalling (rather maniacally) backwards trying to stop. Until I slammed into a curb and blew out the front tire. (On a borrowed bike, to boot).

    Oh and learn.
  12. BBC_BelAir

    BBC_BelAir New Member

    the best part in the aluminum bike is it is lite 55lbs wet the bad is the motor vibration is wearing the frame so im gonna make some steel inserts for the frame mounts. on another note ive lost so many nuts from the vibration :shout: so i bought a bunch on nylock nut and im replacing ias i loose them
  13. RMWdave

    RMWdave Member

    haha right on. get yourself some red locktite for the bolts you dont need to get undone for service, and blue for the ones you need to be able to hand break loose again. nylocks are really good.
    if the vibration bothers your hands, fill your handlebars with some steel shot, i can mail you some if you need it
  14. BBC_BelAir

    BBC_BelAir New Member

    :thinking: what is steel shot?? :dunce:
  15. RMWdave

    RMWdave Member

    its used for media blasting, and when you fill up your bars with it it absorbs the vibrations! ;)
  16. eastwoodo4

    eastwoodo4 Member

    sweet ride.
  17. BBC_BelAir

    BBC_BelAir New Member

    ok thanks where can i buy the media blast material?? also thanks eastwood:grin5:
  18. RMWdave

    RMWdave Member

    eeeh. not too sure on that one. pm me your address and ill hook you up with some if its not too expensive to mail.

    *i got a tub full from my old job where we blasted 20lb propane tanks. worked great in my bars. i didnt ride it without but i know for a fact theres not a single vibe. my feet are bothered b pedal vibration more than my hands!