Posted by: Mike TITLE: MIDDLEWEIGHT: Help with a coast brake hub?
Today on a ride my girlfriend~s 63 Schwinn Hornet ran into problems. A little over an hour into the ride the hub began giving problems. She complained that the hub became harder to pedal. She had the hub serviced recently by a local bike mechanic who repaired the bearings and added some fresh grease. She~d said at the start that the hub seemed tougher to push along than it was before slightly, but right at the end of the short ride she had a failure of the hub because the rear wheel began to struggle. Apparently there was more friction than there was before and the bike became very difficult to pedal. I looked some info on this problem up and one site suggested that it was old grease. I~m not totally convinced it~s this because the hub suddenly became significantly more difficult only at the end of the ride. Any ideas?
Posted by Ken
IF the shop didn~t tear it all the way down, and you don~t feel like arguing with them about why they didn~t do the job correctly, you can overhaul it yourself with simple tools. My guess is the mechanic had very little more experience overhauling coaster brakes than you have- it just isn~t done that much any more. See
for the lowdown. My experience is that you rarely need to remove the brake arm from the axle, so you shouldn~t have to measure and recenter the axle, but it~s good advice anyway. If you pay attention you will have no problems getting it back together. You~ll impress your girlfriend.
Posted by eric
Old brakes have old grease. I like to brake the hub down to each part and give it a good cleaning before adding new grease. Did the shop do that?
Posted by Scott
they probably reassembled it too tight.
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