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    arthritis friend

    I have a friend that likes to ride bike but can't anymore due to arthritis in her hands. Well she can ride she just can't stop. She is looking for a single speed with brakes in the pedals?? I believe that limits having gears and with the hills around here that might be tough. I guess what I am wondering if she got a bike with disc brakes would that be easier than the standard brakes for her to stop?
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    She needs a good friend who rides and would be willing to captain a tandem with her.

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    As an option, aren't there some IGH hubs with coaster brakes available?
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    Yeah, when I was a kid I had an English racer three-speed with a coaster brake that worked great. Wish I could tell you where something like that is available now but it certainly is a possibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thcri View Post
    if she got a bike with disc brakes would that be easier than the standard brakes for her to stop?
    No.

    Cable-actuated disc brakes are all designed to be compatible with standard brake levers. Thus, the cable pull and "squeezability" are identical. However, they are easier to modulate. The "better" stopping power you may be thinking of happens only in the wet. In the dry, there's no difference, with the possible exception of multi-mile mountain descents.

    Fancy hydraulic brakes (Read: Expensive) may be different, I wouldn't know.
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    Sturmey Archer AWC 3 speed rear hub with coaster brake
    S-RC3 3 speed with coaster brake
    S5C 5 speed with coaster brake,
    Looks like Sturmey Archer has multi speed rear hubs with coaster brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thcri View Post
    I have a friend that likes to ride bike but can't anymore due to arthritis in her hands. Well she can ride she just can't stop. She is looking for a single speed with brakes in the pedals?? I believe that limits having gears and with the hills around here that might be tough. I guess what I am wondering if she got a bike with disc brakes would that be easier than the standard brakes for her to stop?
    Question: do drop bars matter (to her)? If not, then she really should try out a bike with good hydraulic discs (dual piston), and some kind of (again, good -- e.g. Shimano Alfine) 8 or 11 speed internal hub. Could be a solution; hydraulic discs require very, very little hand 'strength' at all under normal conditions.

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    I don't think she would like drop bars. But Hydraulic disc brakes which is what I was originally thinking on a hybrid is a possibility. I can see disc with a cable not gaining anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kr32 View Post
    Sturmey Archer AWC 3 speed rear hub with coaster brake
    S-RC3 3 speed with coaster brake
    S5C 5 speed with coaster brake,
    Looks like Sturmey Archer has multi speed rear hubs with coaster brakes.
    Looks like Sturmey Archer has just what she needs, up to 8 speeds. I am going to check the LBS around here to see if any deal in these.

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