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Brakes without stong grasp
Greetings all! I normally am on other portions of the forum, but thought I would bounce a question off the collective wisdom of this sub-forum. My mother-in-law is wanting to get a bike, but she has avoided biking for a number of years due to arthritis. Specifically, it is difficult for her to use brake levers (the grasping motion is painful/weak).
At this point, I am planning on getting her a bike with an internal gear hub that has a coaster brake (or buying a hub or wheel and building it into a current bike) and installing at least a front brake as an emergency option (I don't believe in installing just 1 brake on a bike; call me paranoid). My questions are...
1) If I go this route, is there a specific hub I should be looking for? Cost is a factor, since she won't be riding that much, but I want something reliable/good quality.
2) Is there an alternative system that I should consider? I am not aware of other ways to avoid hand brake levers, but am open to learning new things.