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Old 09-24-17, 08:50 PM   #1
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hub mod for Dahon Boardwalk ?

I have a Dahon Boardwalk . It has front V brakes and a coaster brake hub. I want to install rear brakes so I have both front and rear brakes and do away with the coaster brake. Like to able to pedal backwards freely when it is standing still so I can orient the pedals where I want before taking off. Is there away to modify the coaster hub and do away with the brake so it can turn freely backwards ? I imagine I could get a new 20" wheel with the hub I want but don't want to go to this extreme.
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Old 09-24-17, 09:06 PM   #2
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I have a Dahon Boardwalk . It has front V brakes and a coaster brake hub. I want to install rear brakes so I have both front and rear brakes and do away with the coaster brake. Like to able to pedal backwards freely when it is standing still so I can orient the pedals where I want before taking off. Is there away to modify the coaster hub and do away with the brake so it can turn freely backwards ? I imagine I could get a new 20" wheel with the hub I want but don't want to go to this extreme.
Where are you located? You may be able to find a D6 or D7 model Boardwalk which, IMHO, is a much more desirable bike than the current Boardwalk S1 that has been sold in the USA for the past 7 years or so. I believe the USA D6 and D7 Boardwalks were 4130 chomoly steel rather than high tensile steel.

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Old 09-24-17, 09:13 PM   #3
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I think there used to be a spring kit you could use to adapt a coaster brake to a freewheel. It depends on the brand of hub on your bike. You might ask in the BMX section of the forum.
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thanks Rick,

I will inquire in the BMX forum.

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I believe the USA D6 and D7 Boardwalks were 4130 chomoly steel rather than high tensile steel.
I like hi-ten steel. It feels solid, like a tank. I don't have a D6/7 to compare...but I feel my S1 is pretty light weight. Dahon spec says S1 is only 27.6 pounds...(D6 only 0.3 pounds less). That's pretty awesome for a sub $300 hi-ten frame.


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I will inquire in the BMX forum.Bob
You may want to ride the coaster brake for a while longer before deciding to conversion.
Because after you get used to it...you might even prefer coaster brake.

I luv be able to break without my hands.
Foot braking is much faster than hand...and you don't have to release your grip of the bar to anticipate.
I went about and converted my mtb to coaster brake. I luv it.

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Replace the back wheel .. standard freewheel hubs are 16t &up, because the hub thread is 1.37x24tpi.
& freewheel pawls, etc, are of a certain size..

Want smaller ? there you need a non standard hub that is smaller... Fwiw, a 3 speed S-A hub starts at 13t..








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I think I could run down a 3 Speed Sram Hub to fit. Certainly the Vitesse D3 is a nice bike with it... The Vitesse D3 Hub has a Coaster brake and I am not sure I could get the coaster brake version. Are there mounts on the Boardwalk for V-Brakes or Caliper Brakes?
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