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    Schwinn 26" Cruiser with Coaster Brakes. . . Can i add hand brakes?

    Hey guys, I'm going to buy this Schwinn 26" Cruiser, yes it is Walmart, but I need something nice and cheap.

    But. . . I wanted hand brakes, and was going to use a dual-cable lever. Are there cruiser hand brakes out there that would be compatible?

    (Of course... I'm being frugal)

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    Yes and No. If you read the rewiews others have used it for two cable operated (no coaster) brakes on a rear wheel. More than one brake on one wheel has been suggested more than once in the bike Forums, and I can not remember reading anything negative about this.

    Looking closely at the frame of the bike you linked to I am not sure where you want to put the rear brake. Looks like it is not drilled for a brake so this has to be done, if you trust the structure is strong enough.

    Why do you want a second brake? If it is just about not being used to a coasterbrake you could try to get used before fitting the extra brake. If you know you need extra brakes maybe fit two in the front? Could be hub and rim brake in the front. Not supercheap though..
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    I could do with just a front brake, and I want one because I'm going to be putting a motor on it -flinches-

    Would one of these work?
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/CRUISER-MTB-...ht_2826wt_1066

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bicycle-Beac...5#ht_500wt_969

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    Those are the type of brake you are looking for. You need to look into the "reach" of the brake. Best is to search the forums to be sure but As I remember it the reach is measured from the drilled hole in the fork where the fender is atatched. I can see in the picture the bike has such a hole. Measure from the center of the hole to the center of the rim. This is the "reach" needed for the brake. The first brake you linked to (the black) looks like it is a rear brake. You must make sure you buy a front brake (longer bolt since it is going trough the fork crown).

    The second one (chrome) is said to be for the front. It also says it is for "beach cruisers" so I would guess it is so called "long reach" brakes. They are cheap so you could just order and hope for the best or try to e-mail the seller. Nothing to be found locally?
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    Hey, thanks!

    Also, nothing to be found locally -_-

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    Make sure to check all the axles, pedals, n such. Oh, and the forks are on correct, not backwards. I feel the only people who can really take advantage of Walmart's great prices are either lucky enough to get a well assembled bike, or know enough to tune it themselves.

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