I have been cycling for a few years, had a lot of fun and all the usual.
But a few months ago I got hit by a car and my leg was "FUBAR". After surgery, some titanium implants, and months of opiates, hobbling, physical therapy, and worse details I'll spare all of you, here I am.
I'm ready to start cycling again, but my bike was ruined. I picked up a cheap beach cruiser to use instead (I live right near the beach, in fact). It's a nice bike and only cost me $80.
But it only has the rear-wheel coaster brake, and my bad leg is a bit too weak to effectively use it (and I would want a front brake anyway). The fork that came with the cruiser doesn't have the mounting part for a hand brake (it does have that little hole for a fender to screw in though).
I'm willing to get creative to make this happen: How can I add a hand-operated brake to this bike? Would something like this work?
Help is appreciated! I want to try to participate in the "Ride of Silence" in my area in a couple of weeks--I probably won't be able to finish but I'd like to be there and ride a little at least.