I’m looking to find a shop that would be game to replace a coaster brake on an islabikes cnoc 16 with a freewheel (it already has a rear handbrake). Any recommendations?
Actually converting the hub is probably not the way to go, compared to just buying a whole new wheel. The Wheelmaster (house brand of wholesaler JBI) part number 640440 wheel retails for $40 and most bike shops should be able to order it for you. Then you’ll just need to add a singlespeed freewheel for another $10 or so. All easy enough to install if you can change a flat. Can you deactivate the coaster brake by monkeying with the hub? I think so. Is it worth the trouble? Probably not.
Thanks for this advice and the specific part # rec! The replacement of the whole wheel is what I meant in general, so I edited the sloppy “hub” out of my title, amateur error!
Right on! Happy to help. I work at a local bike shop so I’m pretty handy at tracking down parts.
Ohh, so you actually want to replace the damn wheel. I was like. Why would you even try to convert the hub? I mean, it’s an expensive procedure, and it’s not the best way to go. Buying a new wheel would cost you the same and won’t create many problems. Ordering a new spin isn’t such a significant problem. You can do that by yourself, from a retailer’s website, or just ask a local store to order it. However, if you ask the store, you’ll have to pay some extra bucks for that. By the way, I would advise you to ensure your bike at https://sundaysinsurance.com/. If anything gets broken, they will help you a lot.