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Old 03-02-13, 05:58 PM
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komet super coaster brake braking questions?

This is the first time I have used a komet super coaster brake, always used bendix in the past. The komet super works perfect except braking, it does not stop quickly and I can't get it to skid, no where near as good as the bendix. Here is what I did, after cleaning all the parts and hub I packed bearings good with high temperature wheel bearing grease and greased everything else. The bendix coaster brake I grease everything including brake shoes and it performs excellent. Am I not suppose to grease brake shoes in the komet super. The parts are in good shape.
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Old 03-03-13, 07:29 AM
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Why do you want to skid? Skidding ruins tires and you are not in control of the bike despite what you think.

I am not familiar with Komet hubs but IIRC I used a bit of grease of everything inside a coaster hub.
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Old 03-03-13, 11:43 AM
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I do not want to skid but I want my brakes to work good enough that I could skid If I want to. Because I ride so fast up to 26 mph on level I want good brakes. The first time I tried the bike out I was moving at about 15 mph expecting the brakes to work and there was almost no brakes at first, scary, good thing I did not go down my hill where I could easily hit 30 mph. The bendix that I usually put on my bike has such good braking that I have to be careful or I will skid without any effort. thanks for the reply

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I do not want to skid but I want my brakes to work good enough that I could skid If I want to.
I agree that a correctly functioning coaster brake is capable of skidding. That's been the defining standard forever (mandatory braking standard in most states). I'm not sure where exactly your problem might be, but remind you (as you probably already know) that even with perfectly functioning rear brakes (and type) and in full skid, your stopping distance under rear brake alone will be more than twice that of a bike with a front brake added (or alone)
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Actually I believe your stopping distance would be shortened if you did not skid but come very close to a skid, just like a car. I took the hub apart and used very fine steel wool and cleaned off any residue that might be causing this and I used another brake shoe that looked a little better. The Komet will skid a little now if I really hit the brakes hard but usually just comes close to skidding. More difficult to skid down steep hill though. The grease is still working out of it so maybe I need to keep riding it and the braking will get better?
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