Hi all. I am new here so forgive me for not knowing the correct terminology here.
I recently moved out to California and my partner and I are in the market for some nice cruiser bikes to ride around town on.
We are searching for bikes now, but we seem to be running across the same problem. Every bike we find that we like, they always have the pedal brakes. Not sure if they call those coaster brakes but the kind of brake you push backwards on the pedals to stop. We don't necessarily like this style and would prefer to have hand brakes, but also have the pedals and chains be able to rotate freely backwards and forwards.
So I have 2 questions really:
1. Is it possible to buy the hand brake set up seperately and install them on a bike that did not have them originally?? I am not concerned with difficulty because I am willing to put the time in or take it to a shop if I don't have the right tools.
2. Is it possible on a bike that only has the pedal type brake, to get rid of it?? To fix it so you can pedal backwards freely without applying the brake??
Thanks for any help. - jefé