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    newbe question (beach cruiser wheels with coaster brakes fit mt bike?)

    i have an old GT All Terra that was originally a hardtail mountain bike with an 18 speed. I would like to convert it into a single speed with coaster breaks. My question is, would a set of beach cruiser wheels that already has the gear and coaster brakes fit? This is my first bike project and i already have the bike nearly stripped. Any info would be appreciate.

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    It's called a single speed with a coaster brake not fixed speed. Try Sheldon brown he is a god!

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    oops i meant single speed. Ill look up who that is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeLoe321 View Post
    i have an old GT All Terra that was originally a hardtail mountain bike with an 18 speed. I would like to convert it into a single speed with coaster breaks. My question is, would a set of beach cruiser wheels that already has the gear and coaster brakes fit? This is my first bike project and i already have the bike nearly stripped. Any info would be appreciate.

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    Yes and no. Assuming your bike can fit those massive beach cruiser tires (which it might its a mtb) it could work. But why? Its gonna be slow as all hell. Cruiser wheels are typically extremely overbuilt and heavy. Also, most of those wheels are not meant to be ridden like you might ride a commuters fixed gear. Its just going to benefit you alot in the end if you want a coaster brake to go ahead and build a cheap rear wheel.

    this is sheldon brown: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/
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    They sell furniture too. ****ing posers.

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    this is sheldon brown.


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    This is sheldon brown.

    Quote Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
    They sell furniture too. ****ing posers.

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    I think the rear hub on a multi-speed bike is normally wider than the single-speed coaster-break hub. I'm not sure if you can make up the difference with spacers, or squeeze the frame together, or what, but something to keep in mind at least.

    Also, some multi-speed bikes have horizontal dropouts, some don't, but you need them to adjust chain tension with the single-speed.
    "be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."

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    Thanks for the info guys. Just thought it'd look cool but won't work too well. Also found a great deal on a brand new set with tires. Think i'll just do a Forte single speed conversion and call it a day.

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