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This page discusses coaster brake bicycles. Unless there's an effective front brake, loss of coaster brake effectiveness could lead to death or severe injury, especially on hills or in traffic. If the chain falls off (a fairly common occurrence), the coaster brake becomes inoperable. Even with a functional coaster brake, constant braking on a hill can cause heating and subsequent brake failure. Without a front brake, when the back brake is hit hard, weight shifts forward and braking force is reduced, often leading to a back wheel skid which can cause an instant crash, especially if on a slippery surface like snow, ice, algae, or even a wet pavement.
This document may not clearly express the use of coaster brakes, or may even contain errors. We are not responsible. If you use the information in this document, you take full responsibility for the outcome. If that is not acceptable to you, please do not read this document.
In all cases, I strongly recommend you install a front brake so if the back brake goes out, you can still stop. If such a front brake is installed, it must be installed in such a way that it will not fall off, which in itself could cause death or severe injury (through flipping the bike).
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NOTEThis article was written before the articles describing the superior conditioning of multispeed bikes. The bike described in this article suffered a frame failure in April 2007, and its parts were moved to an old-school Schwinn frame.
|This a quarter-sized picture of my bike, Always Ready. You can see also a half-sized and full-sized picture.
This bicycle's features, and the origin and cost of the parts, are described below.
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