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bio website scruss.com/blog
location Toronto, Canada
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Wind farm guy. Scottish. Radio nerd (call sign VA3PID). Banjo player.

Blogs: We Saw a Chicken … and Numpty's Progress.

Twitter: @scruss.


Jun
23
comment Effective use of a coaster brake?
The fork crown holes are already taken up with smaller-diameter bushings for the mudguards, front rack and steering stabilizer. So there's nowhere to put a caliper.
Jun
23
comment Effective use of a coaster brake?
Short of using a hub brake and a hose clamp, there's no practical way to fit a front brake to this bike.
Jun
22
comment Effective use of a coaster brake?
Ah, the rolling back trick is a good one. I must try it, thanks. I'd normally agree about the front brake, but this bike is for very short or traffic-free trips, isn't drilled for a front brake (but has bushings for rack, mudguards and steering stabilizer in the way), and was very cheap: $100
Nov
17
comment What type of brakes is least subject to failure in the winter?
Yes, seconding roller brakes or hub (drum) brakes. Roller brakes are very progressive, and may seem a little too gentle at first. They will stop you. Sturmey-Archer hub brakes are also great; a bit more positive and sealed against water and muck.