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Does anybody still use Coaster brakes for freestyle??

#1 2010-08-01 5:51pm

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Does anybody still use Coaster brakes for freestyle??

Im looking to buy some Skyway tuffs with a coaster brake hub. I had these on all my old freestyle bikes back in the early to mid eighties for use on alot of my flatland tricks. I was wondering why nobody uses them anymore?? More than half of my flatland tricks relied on using them...Why are they not so popular , and what happened to them?? Does anybody still prefer these over freewheel?

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#2 2010-08-01 5:52pm

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Re: Does anybody still use Coaster brakes for freestyle??

I just posted a wanted ad for a coaster brake wheelset! I wanna rock one again myself.

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#3 2010-08-01 6:00pm

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Re: Does anybody still use Coaster brakes for freestyle??

I Love coaster brakes. All my bikes had them back in the eighties, and all my bikes have them now.


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#4 2010-08-01 6:02pm

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Re: Does anybody still use Coaster brakes for freestyle??

i got set myself like skyway tuffwheel 1 its not that bad still part of history wink


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#5 2010-08-01 6:11pm

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Re: Does anybody still use Coaster brakes for freestyle??

Never met a coaster that I liked.  After racing for years, going to coaster caused several broken faces in my house.  Never understood how Wilker used them on vert.  I tried it once and came down 10 feet to face after "freewheeling" in mid air.

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#6 2010-08-01 6:14pm

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Re: Does anybody still use Coaster brakes for freestyle??

i had a trickstar last summer with a coaster brake and it damn near shot me over the handlebars haha, but i too have the itch to give it another show...ive got a set coming in hopefully tomorrow so im pumped to give it a try smile

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#7 2010-08-01 6:17pm

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Re: Does anybody still use Coaster brakes for freestyle??

I am putting this together with a set of NOS coaster brake TUFF's so it will be interesting to have no brakes other than the coaster.

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#8 2010-08-01 6:21pm

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Re: Does anybody still use Coaster brakes for freestyle??

well i stopped riding in 88 when i started bangin chicks, doing drugs, and drinkin like a fish...lol  ...I was 20 then..So coaster brakes were still big in freestyle...so when did they lose their popularity??

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#9 2010-08-01 6:41pm

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Re: Does anybody still use Coaster brakes for freestyle??

Who makes the best Coaster Brakes today.  Something like this
http://chrisking.com/files/images/hubs/IMG_9576_fixed.jpg
as a coaster brake.

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#10 2010-08-01 6:54pm

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Re: Does anybody still use Coaster brakes for freestyle??

I cant even find a new hub now a days.

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#11 2010-08-01 7:05pm

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Re: Does anybody still use Coaster brakes for freestyle??

A good thing about coasters in flatland is that when you roll backwards, your pedals stay set where you left them.  Unless you accidentally engage the hub then your cranks spin.  Over the years, I guess people liked that part of it and not the brake.  So everyone started to modify their hub and make it a "freecoaster".  I did this back in '82 with my Suntour coaster on my DB Viper.  The thing was that when you went to pedal, the engaging of the hub was inconsistant due to removing the brake pads.  Someone discovered the "un-brake" which is a washer that you put between the clutch and the clutch-cone to keep your clutch closer to the driver to keep your hub engaging correctly.  Then, Kevin Jones invented the "roller coaster" which is when you pedal backwards your cranks engage as a brake but your wheel still rolls.  He used that as an advantage of using the pedal as another platform.  It was a mixture of a Bendix hub and a Suntour and I heard it was very intensive on the hub and didn't last long.  Good idea though. 

Here's an example of a guy using his pedal to sit on while doing a Stick-B


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#12 2010-08-01 7:10pm

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Re: Does anybody still use Coaster brakes for freestyle??

Kids these days use freecoasters. And NO brakes!

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#13 2010-08-02 1:23pm

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Re: Does anybody still use Coaster brakes for freestyle??

I picked up a set, nice clean look with no cables and calipers. OGK's
http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab115/59impala/100_1677.jpg


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#14 2010-08-02 2:57pm

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Re: Does anybody still use Coaster brakes for freestyle??

Stubbleduck43 wrote:

A good thing about coasters in flatland is that when you roll backwards, your pedals stay set where you left them.  Unless you accidentally engage the hub then your cranks spin.  Over the years, I guess people liked that part of it and not the brake.  So everyone started to modify their hub and make it a "freecoaster".  I did this back in '82 with my Suntour coaster on my DB Viper.  The thing was that when you went to pedal, the engaging of the hub was inconsistant due to removing the brake pads.  Someone discovered the "un-brake" which is a washer that you put between the clutch and the clutch-cone to keep your clutch closer to the driver to keep your hub engaging correctly.  Then, Kevin Jones invented the "roller coaster" which is when you pedal backwards your cranks engage as a brake but your wheel still rolls.  He used that as an advantage of using the pedal as another platform.  It was a mixture of a Bendix hub and a Suntour and I heard it was very intensive on the hub and didn't last long.  Good idea though. 

Here's an example of a guy using his pedal to sit on while doing a Stick-B


wow--I've never seen a no footed stick b before---who is that?

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#15 2010-08-02 5:05pm

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Re: Does anybody still use Coaster brakes for freestyle??

That is a guy by the name of Alex Worden.  I introduced him to Will Redd and Scott Ditchfield about 5 or 6 years ago.  He was just a kid who wanted to ride with more experienced riders.  The scene died out a few years ago, but he still kept in touch with them and got really good.

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#16 2012-01-02 12:04am

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Re: Does anybody still use Coaster brakes for freestyle??

My original 89 Dyno Detour has the frame notch for the coaster brake to bolt on, but I never really understood how these worked. Did any of the GT mag wheels come with a rear wheel coaster brake and hub? Or in the 80s did you have to buy a special hub or seperate set of mags to be able to have a coaster brake on a GT or Dyno? My wheels are the stock GT black mags that came on the 89 Dynos.

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#17 2012-01-02 12:14am

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Re: Does anybody still use Coaster brakes for freestyle??

I just laced a coaster hub into a Z rim for a build i'm doing, Its an 84 Torker which will have all the cool stuff from back then, coasters are cool you can do awesome rollbacks, kickturns and other shiz using them.


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#18 2012-01-02 5:12am

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Re: Does anybody still use Coaster brakes for freestyle??

coaster brakes are for 5 year olds IMO.

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#19 2012-01-02 6:02am

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Re: Does anybody still use Coaster brakes for freestyle??

I'm not coordinated to do any serious riding with a coaster brake. I've got a free coaster hub on one of my bikes and even that feels a bit funky at times. I like the quick engagement of my cassette hubs.

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#20 2012-01-02 10:55am

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Re: Does anybody still use Coaster brakes for freestyle??

scarfish wrote:

coaster brakes are for 5 year olds IMO.

Tell that to Bob Haro


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#21 2012-01-02 11:19am

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Re: Does anybody still use Coaster brakes for freestyle??

I have been considering a coaster wheel my self.


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#22 2012-01-02 11:30am

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Re: Does anybody still use Coaster brakes for freestyle??

Scarfish I am curious what type of bike do you ride and how old are you.


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#23 2012-01-02 11:56am

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Re: Does anybody still use Coaster brakes for freestyle??

I would use a coaster brake, but I would miss hearing the freewheel clicks too much!   
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#24 2012-01-02 1:46pm

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Re: Does anybody still use Coaster brakes for freestyle??

if you are wanting to get down with some serious trick riding, running a coaster brake is not a good plan.

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#25 2012-01-02 1:53pm

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Re: Does anybody still use Coaster brakes for freestyle??

I got my NOS Dayglo Orange 86 GT Pro Performer that has a GT Coaster brake on it. Not my first choice but its a classic!


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