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Osobike

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by laredoshane, 7 Apr 2008.

  1. laredoshane

    laredoshane New Member

    I have been working on a project now for about six months. It's a new concept for a bike. Well, It's probably not new, but it would be hard for someone to get I bike like this without having it built. The bike looks a lot like a fixed gear but acually has a coasterbrake. This bike would work well for commuting because it is light, and fast, but pretty low mainence. I have been a big fan of coasterbrakes for several years now. The bike is called the Osobike and the website is www.osobike.com. If you have some time could you please check out the website, and If you think you might want a bike be sure to fill out the pre order so I can get you on a waiting list.
    Shane Stock
    Laredo TX
     
  2. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Pretty cheap, but would imagine it would be the £ equivalent over here so not too cheap if it got over here.

    Fixed bikes are getting popular again over here - how fast do coaster brakes stop you..... you might get further over in the UK with a disc braked model.

    20lbs isn't as light as I'd have thought - I've got 2 steel road bikes fully geared etc at 20lbs / 9kgs.....

    That said it looks smart, but I'd be worried about the braking power in heavy traffic - far too many idiot drivers about..
     
  3. Nice looking bike Shane - good luck with your enterprise - and the carbon fibre version!:rolleyes:
    As fossyant says - braking power is the key for that sort of bike - wide open spaces in the UK are often between politician's ears...
     
  4. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    Location:
    Rosyth
    How do coaster brakes work? Is it just a fixed?

    Looks smart though, I'll give you that.
     
  5. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

  6. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    It's nothing like fixed, it's a singlespeed freewheel with a back-pedal hub brake. Simple and works well, but you still need a brake on the front wheel.
     
  7. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Agreed, if you wanna be legal, 2 brakes are needed on a bike in the UK. On a fixed-wheel bike leg-braking is considered one brake, thus the fitting of a front brake at least is required.
     
  8. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Hi Laredoshane.
    Nice bike, but I think it'll be a tough sell here frankly, there's an awful lot of fixed and Single-speed options about and Coaster brakes have never been popular here, maybe they don't suit our terrain or traffic. Modern dual-pivot brakes are light and simple enough and waaaay more effective. I just can't square a "fast" bike with a Coaster brake to stop me quick enough. Scary.
     
  9. Was up in town Friday – around Mayfair – sure I saw a few cycle couriers on similar machines – no breaks or cables visible – how about loaning a few couriers companies a spare bike for a trial – seem like an ideal target for potential buyers
     
  10. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    Oh, I quite like coaster brakes, they're plenty powerful, as much as any rear brake is really. The only bummer is you can't spin the pedal backwards to set it for a start, so have to do the fixed thing.
     
  11. Andy Pandy

    Andy Pandy New Member

    Location:
    Belfast
    While I could live without a back brake, I couldn't without a front. How would you stop in the wet?
     
  12. palinurus

    palinurus Guru

    Location:
    Watford
    Nice clean lines, I'd have to spoil it with a front brake however.
     
  13. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    i had a bmx bike with a coaster brake; it was a very powerful brake too.
     
  14. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    Slower, but more safely. :biggrin:
     
  15. PrettyboyTim

    PrettyboyTim New Member

    Location:
    Brighton
    I used to have a backpedal brake on one of my bikes when I was a kid. In fact I think they recommend them for young children as they may not have enough strength in their hands to stop the wheel. The Cnoc Islabikes have them for the rear.