Bicycle Coaster Brake Repair and Service

Bicycle Coaster Brake Repair and Service

Coaster brakes need occasional repair and service. It’s not difficult; and maybe you can save yourself the cost of a bicycle tune-up. Remember how things come apart. Take pictures and make marks. Use high temperature brake grease.

There are a lot of these old bikes around they get a little worn, maybe have a small issue and stop being ridden. I bought this one for $20 from a bicycle shop in Santa Monica that has hundreds of these old bikes. It worked when I got it but it wasn’t dependable. The chain would fall off and I could see that the hub was really loose. This tune-up brought it right back to life.
The trickiest part is that skinny little lock nut that requires a special wrench to get into these hubs. I ground down an old wrench to complete the task.

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50 Comments

  1. Kevin Wu on September 27, 2020 at 3:23 am

    Do u know where I can purchase that 2 pin with the spring that go into the Center hub? I went to a lot of bike shops but no one carry them. Thx



  2. stretchwith on September 27, 2020 at 3:24 am

    what does it mean, when it makes a clicking/ spring tightening noise when coasting, but the brakes work well when applied?



  3. Johnny's Cousin Steve on September 27, 2020 at 3:25 am

    Hey Gary. Great video. I redid my Huffy but it makes a noise after you stop pedaling and are coasting. It’s a junk bike I redid and it was making that noise before I took it apart.
    Any ideas? Thanks!



  4. Johnny on September 27, 2020 at 3:26 am

    This is the best video on this topic on Youtube! You helped me get my bike back on the road. Thanks!



  5. rwed _ on September 27, 2020 at 3:27 am

    are you still on this channel? i have a coaster brake i’ve been chewing on for couple months. are you on ZEDA mafia on FB? that’ where i found this vid. u should be there , bc i need you to help my coaster brake 🙂



  6. Steven Sharek on September 27, 2020 at 3:28 am

    Do you have a source for the individual parts? I can only find the whole hub. (G. Falcon CF-E11)



  7. Chino Chino on September 27, 2020 at 3:32 am

    Gracias amigo



  8. BoxiMusicalTV new on September 27, 2020 at 3:33 am

    What type of grees



  9. Dmitry M on September 27, 2020 at 3:34 am

    brake arm strap isn’t really quick if u don’t have a shop full of power tools… 🙁



  10. KINTA 77 on September 27, 2020 at 3:34 am

    Where can i get the parts and replace the whole thing…?
    Good video



  11. Mike S on September 27, 2020 at 3:35 am

    Thanks, just what I needed.



  12. Richard Howard on September 27, 2020 at 3:37 am

    Great video to the point. I skipped over a lot of videos that were 10-15 min long.



  13. Bp Schnacky on September 27, 2020 at 3:38 am

    wow, you saved me. please do NOT EVER take this video down. this is the easiest and most accurate video. it’s amazing. i completely understood exactly how to fix it. one view and i got



  14. wegder on September 27, 2020 at 3:39 am

    Short and Sweet, excellent



  15. Luke Martin on September 27, 2020 at 3:39 am

    Thanks this video really helped me put my kids bike back together.



  16. Dmitry M on September 27, 2020 at 3:40 am

    how do u replace the sprocket?



  17. DrumnT on September 27, 2020 at 3:44 am

    Perfect. Right to the point. Thanks.



  18. Eric Pachao on September 27, 2020 at 3:45 am

    Muy bien explicado, excelente vídeo, gracias



  19. Neil Stahulak on September 27, 2020 at 3:46 am

    Lol I took it off backwards couldn’t figure out why it wouldn’t go back on as easy



  20. Lucas on September 27, 2020 at 3:47 am

    Thank you for making such a quick video.



  21. Denys Bourrassa on September 27, 2020 at 3:47 am

    No need to grease the brake shoes at all and you need to clean all parts includin the bearing near of the brake arm .



  22. deadtreebark on September 27, 2020 at 3:48 am

    Are coaster brakes always attached on the underside like he did in the video?



  23. Laci Oi ! on September 27, 2020 at 3:50 am

    Can i use different conus nut ( other type ) or just that one that was on the bike ?



  24. 123hoodnig on September 27, 2020 at 3:51 am

    Thank you sir I believe you have helped me I will try this out



  25. Farkas Gergő on September 27, 2020 at 3:53 am

    Special thank you for it! Great video. I was in a same situ like The Kleb, I played 2 hours and could not mount the hub.



  26. Keith Benton on September 27, 2020 at 3:53 am

    Thank you!



  27. Cornflakes Yognaut on September 27, 2020 at 3:53 am

    Cool, but I recommend using high-temperature grease for the brake pads.



  28. Ken C on September 27, 2020 at 3:55 am

    awesome!!! check this,

    be me: almost a 60 year old man, sees ancient 70’s era huffy bike on craigslist, buys it, the bearings are dried out, old grease is dry, i take the hubs apart, clean and repack with grease, front wheel was a cinch, the rear wheel is the gotcha, i had it all apart, bearing cage is loose and bearings go everywhere, i pick all the bearings up in a rag, clean everything, pack with grease, even the broken bearing cage i pack with grease which will now hold all the bearings i dropped and luckily found them all, thanks to your video i managed to put the rear hub back together including the bendex brake (otherwise i would not have brakes or peddles working, kudos to you and your helpful video 🙂

    new tires and seat, bearings are repacked with fresh grease, time to take this old bike for a spin around the park



  29. Ali Alfurat on September 27, 2020 at 3:56 am

    Thank you so much it’s helpful



  30. BIKE FAMILY NATAL RN on September 27, 2020 at 3:58 am


  31. dtownLaydowns on September 27, 2020 at 3:59 am

    Covid bike repair brought me here.



  32. orangestoneface on September 27, 2020 at 4:00 am

    on some older alult bike with coaster the wheel will be a bit stiff in turning , slowing down too fast , l will release the nut on end to make a tiny play in axle and tighten again , having play after that . but l know nothing if it is good or bad .



  33. Gerardo Martínez on September 27, 2020 at 4:01 am

    Gracias. Thanks



  34. Sub My Nub Mikey's-Tube on September 27, 2020 at 4:01 am

    thank you!!!!



  35. Tes Doang on September 27, 2020 at 4:01 am

    Terimakasih



  36. Leigh Newton on September 27, 2020 at 4:03 am

    This got me out of trouble for my grand-daughter’s bike after replacing a wheel of ball bearings. Thanks.



  37. j en on September 27, 2020 at 4:05 am

    how does a coaster brake work, though?



  38. David Milne on September 27, 2020 at 4:06 am

    Thanks for the video.



  39. That one Kid you hate, Daniel on September 27, 2020 at 4:08 am

    I gotta find out how to put the axel together



  40. paul monk on September 27, 2020 at 4:11 am

    Got me back on track, thanks



  41. Scott Born on September 27, 2020 at 4:12 am

    This is the most concise and clearly articulated instructional video I have seen on YouTube. Kudos!



  42. Pollo Frito on September 27, 2020 at 4:13 am

    0:55 Great video. But some mention as to which side of the hub goes to which side of the assembly might have been useful. It’s important as it isn’t symmetrical.



  43. angelmsalgado on September 27, 2020 at 4:13 am

    Thank you you save me so much time I was confused on the brake pad things but this video helped me instantly thank you



  44. Jim Kee on September 27, 2020 at 4:15 am

    Thanks Gary, I just watched a video that showed putting the brake assembly in before the shaft. But, building the brake assemble on the shaft, and installing like you did seems so much easier. I’m new at this, and easy is much better for me. Now, it’s off to the basement to see if I can "get ‘er done."



  45. Jim Capelli on September 27, 2020 at 4:16 am

    Where did you buy the ball bearings? Is that the only part(s) that usually wear out? Are there different size ball bearings or are they mostly standard. Mine is 29 inch. Please advise



  46. D K on September 27, 2020 at 4:18 am

    Fabricating a brake arm strap??? Heavy duty??? AWESOME!!!



  47. The Engineer on September 27, 2020 at 4:19 am

    THANK YOU!! Just like everyone else i couldnt figure out how to put this damned thing back together!



  48. pinkmilk BMX on September 27, 2020 at 4:20 am

    Thanks so much ! My friend taken apart his kids bike hub for some reason and could not put it together so it ended up in my hands in a plastic bag , I’m gonna try later with this video on hehe



  49. Paul Tomlinson on September 27, 2020 at 4:21 am

    thank you for this my daughter is riding on her bike as we speak because i found this video and fixed her coaster brake down.



  50. paulgregory39 on September 27, 2020 at 4:21 am

    Could someone please tell me what size bearings these hubs have, Thanks in advance.