Thursday, March 20, 2008

Top-of-the-line coaster brake hub?

Is there such a thing as a top-of-the-line one-speed coaster brake hub? I'm thinking of (gasp) turning my fixed-gear into a free-wheel one-speed. I want a light and fast one-speed for commuting. Ideally I'd get another bike, but I think maybe I have enough. And though I have loved my fixed-gear, the Screamin' Salmon, since 1999, and though it's great going up hill, every time I go down the Queensboro bridge, I wish I could coast. That's the best part of the ride!

Plus, this would give me an excuse to build a set 650B wheels. Not only are 650Bs cool (if I say that enough, maybe I'll believe it), but they'll allow full fenders and this frame has always been just a little big for me. So an extra 1/2 inch of clearance.

The coaster brake would have two advantages: one, rain, two, I can put on an Egyptian spoke bike bell and avoid the problem of having to fix three hand brake levers. It's such a shame I now have this great bell on a bike I rarely take into Manhattan. Crossing 3rd, Lex, Madison, and Park... that's where I want to ring!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fenders! Egyptian bell! (wish I had one)

Coasting down the 59th St. Bridge? Heresy? Only for the narrow-minded lot.

Post-morning-toast, I like my coast.

Find a good coaster brake hub and savor the exhaust laden ride downhill. Highlight of my daily ride over the bridge... (apart from the exhaust, cough cough)

-just another astoria biker

Roman Holiday said...

Check this out:
http://osobike.com/index.html

PCM said...

Add front brakes (and fenders) to that baby, and that's exactly what I want!

I didn't know Shimano made a coaster brake. I'll work with my new old Bendix, but if it doesn't work out, that will be Plan B.

Thanks.

Anonymous said...

yo!
The Shimano hub sucks. Get something serious, like: http://www.velosteel.cz/Eng/coaster.htm
Its a little bit difficult to obtain but beats the Shimano anytime.

Adam said...

The velosteel hub weighs 50% more than the Shimano type B hub, and it has a spongier brake feel. I'd go for Shimano any day.