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Short answer - no, not easily. Kids don't have the hand strength to use handbrakes properly, so a coaster brake is going to function better, once he gets the hang of it. He's activating the brake by peddling backwards. So don't do that. Instead encourage him to push off with pedals level instead of optimal angle. That will discourage the rear brake ...


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The coaster brake is probably designed so that it can be relatively easily opened to change the brake shoes. One option would be to open it and completely remove the brake shoes, thus disabling it. (Image from http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help/coaster-hub-overhaul-pedal-brake-hub ) Whether this is safe is a good question - usually you'd want two ...



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