ASK THE BMXPerts: FREECOASTER 1/8” TO 14MM ADAPTOR
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Dear Plus!

I need your help.  I’m an old school freestyler and many of the tricks I used to do require a coaster brake (pedal pickers, etc).  I have a newer bike that has wheels with 14 millimeter axles.  I wanted to throw a coaster brake on my bike so I could do some of those old tricks, so I snagged an old coaster brake rim off eBay only to realize it has 3/8 axles and that wasn’t going to work with my new bike.  I thought I solved the problem when I found out that there are 3/8 to 14mm axel converters available.  But I struck out again when I found that those are only available in 26T and my coaster brake rim is 24T (I think all coaster brake thread are 24T in fact).  Does anyone make a coaster brake rim with 14mm axles that you are aware of??? Or any advice on how to run a coaster brake rim with 3/8 axles on a newer ride with the bigger dropout size????  I’ve been at this for months trying to come up with a solution and am giving up hope there is one…..

Thank you for any input!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jess Hipple

Wow, talk about a problem only a few people can relate to. We knew where you were going with this before we even got to the thread counts. Fortunately there is a solution, several of the old conversion adapters were designed to slide over the axles versus thread on. GT, Redline, Mongoose and Haro have all made washer type adapters over the years and many modern peg manufacturers still do, designed to convert 14mm pegs for use with 3/8” axles, all you need to do is flip the adapter around to achieve the same purpose in the dropout. Good luck OG.

 


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