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Another coaster brake thread, trust the LBS?

Old 10-29-09, 05:52 AM
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Another coaster brake thread, trust the LBS?

I live in Los Angeles and I see alot of craigslist ad for coaster brakes. I fixies but I love also love fakies. I'm planning to build a fakie bike for fun. Don't hate, don't flame.

So this guy down in long beach always over post on craigslist and gets flagged. I tried to contact him and ask some questions about his coaster brake wheels he build. You guys decide, should I trust him or not?

How long will it take to lace it up and get it running if I get the wheel/bike down to you? we have them pre built.. most wheels in stock at all times.....

After reading a lot of forums about coaster brakes, do you guys service them when they wear down? we never had a problem with them.. we service them.. at times, it just needs a whole new hub... SOMETIMES YOU JUST NEED A WHOLE NEW HUB WHEN YOU ALREADY ATE IT FROM OVER HEATING

What kind of grease do you guys, if any at all or factory stock grease? we use just wheel bearing grease.. we have some red bicycle grease also... WTF IS RED BICYCLE GREASE? DOES THAT EVEN DO ANYTHING?


Can you stand by the coaster brakes you sell? I actuall ride a bike with coaster brake wheels.. we have been selling them for almost 2 years...
never had a problem with them.. we sell on ebay, the dot net site and in the shop.....



I heard alot about velosteel, though rare, are you able to get them or have any at all? never heard of them so i would have to say no.. <--- LOL WTF?


I don't mind the hi-stops (that's all the have) you guys have but I'd like to know how fast can I go downhill on them as they get pretty hot? dont know how hot or if they do even get hot.. you can get the 30mm which has a braking surface so that you can use a front brake if you would like to do so..
.. OR IF THEY EVEN GET HOT??!?!

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Would you recommend going downhill w/ the coaster brakes at all or use it sparingly? you can use the coaster brake for downhill..
coaster brakes have been around for years.. they are in beach cruisers or even bmx bikes..


This guy seems so shaddy, even though its an actual store. I think they carry the same as the new york city bikeshop guys. The same hubs/rims/wheels that people on the forums order.

My question is, if I get it, should I repack/build it using high temp car grease?

What do you guys think of this guy and his answers?
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Old 10-29-09, 06:50 AM
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Please. Go back to grade school, and learn to write coherently.

If you're quoting somebody, you can use "quotation marks" to indicate that the words between those marks were being said by somebody. Etc.

Thanks.
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Old 10-29-09, 06:56 AM
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That was either genius beyond my comprehension or a rhesus monkey that was let loose upon the internet. Kinda like how monkeys were sent into space before man, they inserted the mind of a monkey into the internet. Puppetmaster style from Ghost in the Shell!
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Old 10-29-09, 07:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Mos6502 View Post
Please. Go back to grade school, and learn to write coherently.

If you're quoting somebody, you can use "quotation marks" to indicate that the words between those marks were being said by somebody. Etc.

Thanks.
That's pretty harsh when you guys go after your own like that, but yeah, that's painful to read.
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May I momma dog field in the banana patch?
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May I momma dog field in the banana patch?
Wash your hands when you're done.
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Sterilize them.....I will.
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Old 10-29-09, 08:06 AM
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FOB - I can't totally understand what you're trying to ask. What is the question?
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To be honest, it seems like he is tired of hearing these dumb questions about a dumb coaster brake from some kid who wants to have cool fixed gear cred but is to lazy to pedal all the time. Either way, riding a coaster brake downhill without a front brake is pretty unsafe, at least with a fixed gear you are able to control your speed without skidding.
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you're asking this guy what kind of damn grease he uses?
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I got the answer!

it's 42!!!!!
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OP and CL dude deserve each other.

ps: I love coaster brakes.
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yeah dude, he probably thinks you're sketch for asking all these bull**** questions.

coasters is coasters.
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Old 10-29-09, 12:27 PM
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It's just a freakin' coaster hub. They're not high tech or high performance, and asking all the questions in the world isn't going to change that. If you want Velosteel, go order one and leave the guy alone. You're lucky he even bothered to reply.
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Although I cant comprehend what he wrote, I will say this. If you are buying the bike to look like a fixed gear you are not fooling any one. Just ride a single speed with a brake, youll get a lot more respect that way. Since it seems that is what you are going for.
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Old 10-29-09, 12:49 PM
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Coaster brakes are fun but hardly high performance gear. When they break though..... holy crap.
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Lol. Sorry guys, I guess I should of quoted correctly. But that's how the guy literally replied to me back. =_=

I like singlespeed, I hate the sound when I coast. Also, I never run bike w/o front brakes.

I'm asking, if you guys were me, would you even trust this guy.
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Lol. Sorry guys, I guess I should of quoted correctly. But that's how the guy literally replied to me back. =_=

I like singlespeed, I hate the sound when I coast. Also, I never run bike w/o front brakes.

I'm asking, if you guys were me, would you even trust this guy.
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I'm sure there is a silent freewheel, or you can make it silent. My Ultegra freehub makes 0 noise when I coast on my road bike.
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The Hi-Stop brakes aren't really that good. If you can find a Shimano, or a Bendix, you'll have a sturdier, better built brake. Or go with Komet or Sachs Torpedo, or New Departure.
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Why you should use a coaster brake: Because you're too old, fat, or young to go fast anyway, you live where it's basically flat, and that's what came on your bike.

I'm not knocking coaster brakes, I've been riding the cruiser there in my avatar for a couple of years now, and it's a coaster brake bike. But if you have a frame made for any other kind of brake, I can't think why you'd want to downgrade to one. They work within limits, but if you don't fit the qualifications above, just use the rim brakes your bike was intended for. If you have to ask if a coaster brake is going to be good enough, that's a pretty good indication to avoid it.

And if you're interested in coaster brake bikes, check out www.ratrodbikes.com, lots of cool bikes there.
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"fakies"

well, that's just great.
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Why you should use a coaster brake: Because you're too old, fat, or young to go fast anyway, you live where it's basically flat, and that's what came on your bike...

...If you have to ask if a coaster brake is going to be good enough, that's a pretty good indication to avoid it.
I don't think you're giving the coaster brake enough credit here. Used in combination with a front brake, a coaster will be more than adequate even in the hilliest of terrain. I used to commute in Seattle with a 3 speed coaster brake bike, and never had any problems.

A coaster brake is also a really good idea if you live where it rains a lot (ie Seattle). Really, a coaster brake is good for most applications where you needs to be able to coast, and or brake.
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Or if, like me, you simply enjoy both coasting and being able to slow down/stop with your legs on a single speed.
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