Hand brake adaptions

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Hand brake adaptions

Postby danishpictionary » 17 Aug 2020, 12:04pm

Hi. I have arthritis in both hands and lack the strength to use any kind of traditional hand brake. Does anyone know of where I can find some adaptions?

I ride a cruiser with a coaster brake but with no hand brakes - naughty I know! - because of arthritis in both hands. I want to get my hands on - no pun intended - an electric bike but most are unsuitable for coaster brakes. Anyone out there?

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Re: Hand brake adaptions

Postby mjr » 17 Aug 2020, 12:51pm

danishpictionary wrote:Hi. I have arthritis in both hands and lack the strength to use any kind of traditional hand brake. Does anyone know of where I can find some adaptions?

I've seen people use gear friction shifters as brake controls but I think that's usually the back brake. I don't know if there's good reason not to use them on the front (as long as you are gradual when applying the brake).

I can't help with the other aspects, sorry, but I hope someone will be along shortly.
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Re: Hand brake adaptions

Postby tatanab » 17 Aug 2020, 1:01pm

danishpictionary wrote:I ride a cruiser with a coaster brake but with no hand brakes - naughty I know!
Naughty does not come close - illegal. If in doubt of the potential consequences look at the case of Charlie Alliston. You are required to have a front brake - whether you have the capability of using it is another matter.

An idea for a brake lever - using a lever for straight bars or for bar end mounting, how about mounting it upside down so that you press on top of the lever. I expect it would need some practice to develop dexterity/sensitivity of feel.

I sincerely hope you would not plan to ride an electric assist at 15mph without an operating front brake.

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Re: Hand brake adaptions

Postby Jdsk » 17 Aug 2020, 1:06pm

tatanab wrote:An idea for a brake lever - using a lever for straight bars or for bar end mounting, how about mounting it upside down so that you press on top of the lever.

Yes, and there's a recent discussion around that.

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Re: Hand brake adaptions

Postby reohn2 » 17 Aug 2020, 1:10pm

I thought mounting a brake lever behind the handlebar so you can push on it with the palm of the hand instead of pulling with the fingers.
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Re: Hand brake adaptions

Postby mjr » 17 Aug 2020, 4:03pm

tatanab wrote:Naughty does not come close - illegal. If in doubt of the potential consequences look at the case of Charlie Alliston.

I feel that was more that he chose to shout and swerve without using the fixed wheel (legally a brake) to slow, then was defiant. Single brakes are legal in some situations (although not this one). A front brake would be better, but you can only brake until you lose traction or stability anyway.
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Re: Hand brake adaptions

Postby Cyril Haearn » 17 Aug 2020, 4:10pm

A back-pedal brake is sufficient in almost all situations, one must have a hand-brake but there is no obligation to use it
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Re: Hand brake adaptions

Postby Jdsk » 17 Aug 2020, 4:17pm

Cyril Haearn wrote:... one must have a hand-brake but there is no obligation to use it

Which regulation mandates a hand brake, please?

There have to be "two efficient braking systems, operating independently on the front and rear wheel".
https://www.cyclinguk.org/article/whats-legal-and-whats-not-your-bike
with some exceptions for low and unusual machines.

(And on new bikes there's the mandated handedness for hand brakes if fitted.)

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Re: Hand brake adaptions

Postby tatanab » 17 Aug 2020, 5:11pm

Jdsk wrote:
Cyril Haearn wrote:... one must have a hand-brake but there is no obligation to use it

Which regulation mandates a hand brake, please?
Paragraph 7 Construction & Use Act 1983. Admittedly it does not dictate a hand brake so some other operating system would comply, but I cannot readily imagine one that is on the market. https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/198 ... 176_en.pdf

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Re: Hand brake adaptions

Postby Jdsk » 17 Aug 2020, 5:13pm

Agreed, it doesn't mandate a hand brake.

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Re: Hand brake adaptions

Postby willcee » 30 Aug 2020, 10:25pm

I think any decent Factory E machine with Hydraulic braking might do your job.. they do not require anywhere near the grip strength required for a cable operated old school caliper brake that you would have had experience of.. that said if you feel that you cannot operate a hand operated brake of any kind my advice would be to stay away from E bikes it would not be fun to hit the road with 60 lbs of extra weight and perhaps more speed, and more so if you are in an urban environ... common sense is far from common.... will