Bicycle Repair/converting brakes


Jim Wells wrote at 2012-12-26 20:04:25
Wow! An answer from Sheldon Brown. He was a true guru of the bicycle world and his website survives him. Check it out. In spite of all that, I must respectfully offer a different opinion on coaster brakes. I live on the beach in Florida and coaster brake single speeds are very popular here ("Beach Cruisers"). It's flat and the weather kills exposed metal. I fix bicycles for a charity and I am always delighted to get a beach cruiser because typically they are very easy to fix. They last forever. Everyone here should ride a single speed or maybe a 3-speed coaster brake bike. It's OK to have a Lightspeed/Campagnolo racer as well, but take your beach cruiser to the beach.  

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Sheldon Brown


I am a bicycle mechanic, educator and journalist.I can provide technical help with most types of bicycles.I`m also quite experienced as a Webmaster and photographer. Please don't ask me about stationery exercise equipment, only real bicycles.


I've been a bicycle mechanic off and on for many years.I taught bicycle mechanics for several years at the Boston Center for Adult Education.I have written a great many articles for bicycle magazines.I have an extensive bicycle-related Website,see: own 30-odd bicycles, some of them very odd indeed!I also worked for several years as a camera repairman.

I'm mainly self taught.

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