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Old 04-23-07, 09:50 AM   #1
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Removing coaster brake?

Okay, I've caught the single-speed bug, and I'm planning to convert my old 10-speed. I'd like to replace the rear wheel with a less-dished wheel made for a single speed freewheel--but so far, the only single-speed wheels I've found have coaster brake hubs. So--here are a couple of newbie questions:

1.) Is there some place I can get a single-speed rear wheel without the coaster brake?

2.) If not, how hard/feasible is it to remove the coaster brake mechanism?

3.) Or am I asking the wrong questions here? (I'm new to this single-speed concept.)


Note: my current wheels are old and dinged-up, so I'd like to replace them anyway.
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try the resource thread at the top of the forum. you'll have no trouble finding a single speed hub.
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I think you may be asking the wrong question. Find an old road wheel with a threaded hub and put on a bmx freewheel. Done. what 666pack said
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I hadn't noticed the Resources thread. Thanks!

I should have mentioned: my current wheels are 26-inch; the bike has a comfort-bike sort of frame. The rear hub is a screw-on type, with a 5-speed freewheel on it. Rather than just put a SS freewheel on it, I thought I might buy a new (nicer-looking) wheel with less dish to it, so it'd be stronger. But again, I may be thinking about this the wrong way.
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No, that's a good solution.
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I hadn't noticed the Resources thread. Thanks!

I should have mentioned: my current wheels are 26-inch; the bike has a comfort-bike sort of frame. The rear hub is a screw-on type, with a 5-speed freewheel on it. Rather than just put a SS freewheel on it, I thought I might buy a new (nicer-looking) wheel with less dish to it, so it'd be stronger. But again, I may be thinking about this the wrong way.
you should have no problem finding a ss rear wheel same size as your front. just search around, cause odds are a billion people have asked that question before you and a billion people have answered it before me.
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