This, besides the paint job it the easiest to get going. Rosie September 29, at 1: Don't kid yourself it's hard, you may crash or puke or both but we are down for the fun and camaraderie more than the podium. Anonymous August 10, at You'll enjoy cycling even more aboard Schwinn's Sierra I came across this post as I recently bought a commuter bike to bike to work each day a flat cycle, around 5km along the beach in Auckland, New Zealand the bike has been fitted with a coaster brake and a front hand operated break.
As I love all kind of bikes. If you seldom exceed, say, 12mph in a flat place, well, coasters may be fine, at least if you've never grown accustomed to the superior power and control that hand brakes offer. I enjoy the coaster brakes myself, but I don't dislike hand brakes either. However, according to Wikipedia, "It is customary to place the front brake lever on the left in right-side-driving countries, and vice versa, because the hand on the side nearer the centre of the road is more commonly used for hand signals, and the rear brake can not pitch the bicyclist forward. And, crashing hurts your knees and your hands and your wrists too! Daan, I'm certainly no "hard core roadie. It just makes more sense to me to start and stop with your feet.
Coaster Brake Challenge
I run into trees and I fall over when I ride. The same was true of my Pashley. You've probably figured it out already or sold off your bike , but Coasters are just plain fun! Some of these are "Middle Weights" and will not take a fat tire, you'll need to check it out before you commit to a build with one.
And I've broken a grand total of two chains. And I like having one hand free and the low maintenance part. I am faced with a choice between the 7-speed with coaster plus lever front brake or the 8-speed with roller plus lever front brake. Anonymous June 23, at 2: Not feeling safe going downhill however would be a concern. For some reason skidding the rear wheel is more fun with feet than hands, and winter gives me lots of opportunities.