coaster brake


Definition of coaster brake

: a brake in the hub of the rear wheel of a bicycle operated by reverse pressure on the pedals

Examples of coaster brake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mead sold the Ranger in various configurations, and this particular one was quite racy, with a sprung saddle, adjustable stayer-type stem, swept-back racer bars, coaster brake, and one (1) gigantic-looking gear. Outside Online, "Riding 100 Miles* on a 102-Year-Old Bike," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of coaster brake

1899, in the meaning defined above

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“Coaster brake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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