Coasties Shop and Club is All About the Coaster Brakes

Coasties is a shop in California that is all about coaster brake hubs.  And why not? Coasties are the new fixies. They are also involved with an all coaster brake and 700c wheel bike race called the SLO Little 500! If you’re in the St Luis Obispo California area, that would seem to be the thing to check out. If not, maybe you could start a race up in your area!?

I’ll let Johnny from Coasties tell you the rest:

Coasties…Oh you build custom wheels!?! Cool, can you build me a set of fixie wheels!?!?

No, we can’t. Or more accurately, we don’t. We build ONLY Coaster wheels. Yup. Coasties. It happened organically a few years ago after people noticed us riding them laced to 700 road bike wheels and wanted them too.

A few sets to sold turned into a part time business and full time love of internal Coaster hubs. Now we hand build custom Coaster Brake wheels out from our spot in California. Radial lace yer front? No problem.

While it’s still in it’s infancy, we’re also collecting old knowledge of Coaster Brake culture, events and know-how so people have a home of the Coaster Brake on the internet.

If any of you Hubstripping readers have anything to contribute to the archives, please drop us a line at

700c drop bar All-Coaster goodness?

slo little 500

Getting Going in the SLO Little 500, an all Coaster Brake and 700c Wheel Race

SLO little 500 was the brainchild of Tim Wilkinson. We met him at the Bike Expo in SF in 09. Tim does this for the Glory above Notoriety and Fun above Safety.

The SLO little 500 races near St luis Obispo in California with 4 person teams who Relay one bike along the dirt racecourse.

The requirements? 700C wheels. Drop Bars. Coaster Rear hub.

Beer intake, while not required, is assumed. Check out some pics of what we’ve done out here on this coast.

  1. Hi, Good to see,Ive always been a coaster hub fan, tried the fixie , don’t think I got it. We threw our fixed wheels away as a kid, I was very poor, but only the poorer kids had fixies. Got to have a 2 speed coaster though. I thought I was the only Troglodyte Luddite

  2. Im confused I thought putting coasters on bikes was normal. I have “coasties” on my touring bike and my commuter roady.

    Why would I put a weak ugly brake on my rear wheel?
    Answer being that changing a flat is more annoying with a coaster brake.

  3. Tulyar

    You don’t need to bolt up the reaction arm as long as it locates on some sort of pin, and so I have the bracket bolted to the stay so the arm slips over the bolt end extending to the side. If you want a little security a finger tight nut keeps the reaction arm on the bolt.

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