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Recommendations on a multispeed comfort bike with a coaster brake?

Old 10-13-15, 01:32 PM
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Recommendations on a multispeed comfort bike with a coaster brake?

I know, seems like a somewhat rarity. But does anyone make a women's comfort style step thru bike with 5-8 speeds (more than 3) and a rear coaster brake? I know this will require an internal rear hub gear system. Something styled like the Electra Townie 3i or Trek Sole Ride 300 or Trek Pure Deluxe. But need to have 5-8 speeds and a coaster brake. I don't care if it is chain, shaft or belt driven.

When I get some ideas of what manufacturers make such a beast, I will consider new or used.

Thanks for tolerating a newbie.

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Old 11-06-15, 04:45 PM
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Not a single suggestion or opinion? I know I am new here, but I don't bite.
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I have no knowledge of brands or specific bikes with IGH and coaster brakes. You could try searching for IGH bikes.
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Sturmey Archer make this one. A decent mechanic could swap it out on and IGH equipped bike like this one.
Seems like a lot of trouble to get a coaster brake.

Dare I ask why you need a coaster brake?
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Priority Bicycles makes a good basic 3-speed IGH cruiser (men's and women's frames) with coaster brake and optional front hand brake. Belt drive, looks like a good basic bike. You might ask them if they'd consider a custom wheel/hub with your preferences.

Back around 2009-2010 the Specialized Globe Carmel 2 was offered with multi-speed IGH and regular handbrakes (the Carmel 1 and 3 used derailers). Some IGHs can be modified to coaster brakes, but you'd need to check the specs and ask a mechanic about the modifications. From what I've seen on video tutorials for some IGHs it's a pretty basic mod.

A couple of months ago while pondering a folding bike I ran across a couple equipped with multi-speed IGHs and coaster rear brakes. Don't remember now where I saw 'em. There are dozens of companies making variations on the same basic Dahon style frames, differentiating themselves by offering some interesting combinations of components. I liked the idea of a 5-speed or more IGH with coaster brake for simplicity in a folder, since my idea at the time was to toss it into a grocery cart while shopping. Fewer external components to be damaged or knocked out of alignment.

There are a few fixed frame and folding bike makers using the SRAM Automatix 2-speed automatic shifting hub, with option for using the coaster brake. But that would be feasible only for flat areas or strong cyclists.

Another advantage to a folder for casual riding is that even the frames that aren't step-through types are still easy to hoist a leg over - they're all very low to the ground compared with most fixed frame bikes.

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Old 11-06-15, 07:42 PM
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http://www.amazon.com/Shimano-Nexus-.../dp/B002NQSQKA

i put one of these (mine had a trigger shifter) on my touring bike when i was commuting with it. worked well. i would google for 'nexus 7 coaster hub' and see if i could find one with a bike attached.

this is supposedly a pic of one. found it at http://troubleshooters.com/bicycles/7speed/index.htm



pretty nice little set up... those hubs are a serious hunk of metal though

this is exactly what i had. apparently, i sold mine for a song...

you could always buy the Bikesdirect womens/mens 3-speed shimano nexus bike and probably have a LBS swap out the hub. i would want to verify that it's doable, of course.
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Old 11-06-15, 09:25 PM
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You are seeking an excellent choice. Attached are pictures of my daughter's bike with 7speed Sachs IGH w/coaster brake. I bought it new in Germany in about 2001. I paid an equivalent of about $450. Served her well in Germany and Chicago.
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thanks! is that a zero seven model and express the manufacturer? I wonder where I would find such a beast in the NE USA?
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If you'd be considering a used bike anyway, any mainstream bike with horizontal rear drop-outs should accommodate an IGH, with or without coaster brake. Then all's you have to do is find a rear wheel. Perhaps the money saved on a used bike or last-year's-model would pay for a shop to build a custom wheel. The maker of the zero seven bike shown above might be willing to sell you a wheel plus the "trim," i.e., shifter and cables.

I've ridden coaster brake bikes, and would recommend getting a front brake. For one thing, it's a backup if your chain breaks, and for another, you can lose most of your rear wheel braking action when going downhill at a steep incline.

And now... I know what you asked for was more than 3 speeds, but if all else fails, you might be able to find a 3 speed bike with a favorably sized rear cog, to have enough "pull" in low gear to get you up hills, while maybe giving up some top end speed. I read in one article that older American 3-speeds were geared too high, but that appropriate gearing for your terrain can make them much more comfortable to ride.
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Old 11-07-15, 10:39 PM
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thanks! is that a zero seven model and express the manufacturer? I wonder where I would find such a beast in the NE USA?
I really don't know where you can buy a Zero Seven in the U.S. I also bought this Calvin, a three speed coaster bike for my other daughter. It was manufactured by Bria, a German company. Both IGH's were manufactured by Sachs, which is now owned by SRAM, and should be available somewhere in the U.S. I bought both at the Opel Automobile dealer who had a small bicycle shop in the small town near Heidelberg where I was living.

Given what some BFers are willing to pay for their "perfect" or "ultimate" bike, I think taking a vacation in Germany and bringing back your preferred bike can be a good deal.
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Old 11-08-15, 09:58 AM
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3 speed coaster brake .. , pick a brand Taiwan ( or PRC) makes them all ..

if it sells out of the box with just 1 speed & coaster brake . buy a new rear wheel. & the handlebar shift lever.

your LBS can do the mechanical work for you. Walk in and Ask..
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