I have a 1980 soviet (they say it's ukranian) racer, (still has the 1980 moscow olympiad stickers!)
which I have converted into single speed, not fixed gear.
Though I admire the strong frame which seems to be ok,(they say it's cro-mo) even it has rusts here and there, it is the caliper brakes that is unreliable.
I was thinking of replacing it with cheap tektro brakes (20 dolars/rear and front.)
But suddenly it crosses my mind to make my bike look like a fixie (I haven't tried, dare not try fixie!)
by substituting the rear hub with a coaster hub.
(correct me if I am wrong, a coaster brake is the one that brakes when you backpedal, right?)
by doing so, my handlebar will then be clean, no cables, no brake levers, no front brakes.
just like a beachcruiser.
the question is, how safe is it to ride the bike to commute in busy traffic?
Thanks for advices...