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    What type of front brake should I put on?

    My bike comes in tomorrow and I'm going to add a front brake, as of now it just has coaster brakes.
    Should I add a disc brake? or do i really not need that? I'll be riding a slow 12 mile RT hill-less commute.

    Also, is there a gadget that tells me not only average speed and distance covered, but maybe calories burned, etc, too?

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    A SA Drum brake front hub(+wheel rebuild) (or Shimano's roller brake, also wheel build need a different hub)

    can be added to a fork that lacks the mounts that are required for a disc brake ..

    still an all weather Brake ..

    other than tha t a bolt on caliper . rim brake ..

    Disc Brake + also buying a fork + a new wheel will be = to the cost of the bike most likely (or More)..

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    A SA Drum brake front hub(+wheel rebuild) (or Shimano's roller brake, also wheel build need a different hub)

    can be added to a fork that lacks the mounts that are required for a disc brake ..

    still an all weather Brake ..

    other than tha t a bolt on caliper . rim brake ..

    Disc Brake + also buying a fork + a new wheel will be = to the cost of the bike most likely (or More)..
    Yikes, okay so regular brakes it is
    Anyone on the other question?

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    What type of front brake should I put on?

    Most basic cycling computers can do calories.

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    the Electronic gadget section Electronics, Lighting, & Gadgets search the archives first..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circulate View Post
    My bike comes in tomorrow and I'm going to add a front brake, as of now it just has coaster brakes.
    Should I add a disc brake? or do i really not need that? I'll be riding a slow 12 mile RT hill-less commute. It depends, bikes are not just two wheeled objects that all use the same components. With no more information than you have provided your question cannot be answered.

    Also, is there a gadget that tells me not only average speed and distance covered, but maybe calories burned, etc, too? Yes to all, except calories, plus many more bits of different information. Prices range from less than $10 (from China via eBarf) to hundreds of $$$.
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    Next time,it would help if you stated what bike(so we don't have to search back through your postings). For that SE,the only brake that will bolt on is a caliper(road/side-pull/double-pivot) brake. Anything else will require a new fork and/or wheel rebuild.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiegoFrogs View Post
    Most basic cycling computers can do calories.
    Yes, and whatever you'd like the number to be you can probably find one that will give that as the result. I.e. human physiology variations and other factors beyond the control of the cyclometer make it impossible to get accurate data without additional instrumentation.

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    go to walmart and pick up Schwinn computer... does speed, odometer, trip, time, max speed, avg speed... no tool installation. costs about 15.00... the version I use has wires... theres a wireless for a bit more but don't know if they really work...

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    Quote Originally Posted by prathmann View Post
    Yes, and whatever you'd like the number to be you can probably find one that will give that as the result. I.e. human physiology variations and other factors beyond the control of the cyclometer make it impossible to get accurate data without additional instrumentation.
    ^^^THIS^^^

    I just use the rolling time from the computer and then an online calorie calculator. They vary in calories burnt. You can put in time, avg speed and weight and get a wide range of answers.

    I don't pay attention to anything while riding except cadence. It has been a big help in shrinking hills.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DiegoFrogs View Post
    Most basic cycling computers can do calories.
    ??? I've owned probably a dozen. I've never had one that can do calories. Not that I'd care if it did but I haven't seen it. I don't think your concept of "basic" and mine are similar.
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