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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 08-12-07, 12:34 AM   #1
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700c coaster

Anyone heard anything good/bad about these?

Thinkin about throwing some new wheels on my ss.
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You may want to consider installing a front-brake as well as using a coaster brake. Coasters are good fun, but aren't known for their stopping power. You'll also encounter the same problems that fixed-gear riders come across with crankarm placement when you are stopped at a stoplight, etc. You can't backpedal your cranks to a good "starting position" with a coaster brake hub since backpedaling wou ld activate the brake.

But it looks like NYC bikes is using Shimano parts so I wouldn't worry too much about getting replacement parts or service for them (older coasters have this problem), so that's good.

Since it's not my money being spent, I encourage you to try it out! I would be interested in hearing the results of coaster-brake stopping power. If it seems good, I'll grab myself a pair of coaster wheels!

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