For a weeks now. I've been the proud owner of a beautiful Raleigh Tourist DL1. Great bike, but as usual you know the rant: THE ROD BRAKES. Ok I know I can maybe get newer pads and get them closer to the rim but that doesn't change the fact they would still be a bit dangerous. I live in Montreal. Althou not a super hilly city, you still have different levels of "plateau" that offer a small breaking challenge. Mostly I fear the open car doors and absent minded pedestrians. Nothing new you'll say.
Anyhow. I would like to know if anyone has ever gone thru the process of changing the back wheel hub and rod brakes for a coaster brake hub? 3speeds, 5 I don't care. I just wanna enjoy this bike to the fullest. I don't think I'll buy a Pashley yet althou those Batavus are quite nifty, I'd prefer sticking to this gem!