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coasti.esOur pal Fritz from Cyclelicio.us was just at the SF Bike Expo and dropped us a note about an exhibitor named Coasti.es. Coasti.es make “deep V” wheelsets with coaster brake rear hubs. They start at around $140. Visit coasti.es for more info.

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  1. loganNovember 23, 2009 at 10:34 am

    About damn time.
    Coaster brakes are fun.

  2. Coasties: Fixed-Gear Style, Only With Brakes @ Technology NewsNovember 24, 2009 at 9:15 am

    [...] Coasties product page [Coasti.es via Urban Velo] [...]

  3. WendellNovember 24, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Hmm…cheap enough for an impulse buy. Anybody know anything about this company?

  4. Yokota FritzNovember 24, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    @Wendell – I visited the booth at SF Bike Expo but nobody was there; he just had wheels on display. I grabbed a business card but there’s no email address or phone number. I’ll see what I can dig up, though.

  5. JimmyNovember 24, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    @Wendell – A mouseover on the checkout link reveals this email address…scrub_tech@yahoo.com.
    I emailed them to get more info.

  6. Yokota FritzNovember 25, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    I emailed “Johnny” of Coasti.es, called and texted him — no response. Not a good sign from a customer service standpoint, but maybe he’s traveling for the holidays.

  7. Johnny @ CoastiesNovember 25, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Dang you guys! You waste no time. I apologize for the spotty response – I only got my website up a few days ago.

    @Jimmy – Thanks for pointing out a fatal flaw in the site. I added a “contact” tab with my Coasti.es email address – info@coasti.es

    @Fritz – I left ya a voicemail on your cell and a message at your house phone. I’m off for the holidays til the 3rd. I’d love to meetup as soon as I get back!

    I’ve been riding these wheels for the last year around the Bay Area. For my day job, I work with at-risk youth in Redwood city and commute to the south bay from Oakland. Most times I take my Coastie. So far they’ve been pretty great.

    I remember riding Coaster brake as a kid. Busting fat skids and havin’ a good, simple time. When I got into riding single speed I wanted to do it again but I couldn’t find any coasters laced to deep v hoops so I started my own.

    Talk to ya’ll soon,


  8. Johnny!July 4, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Johnny at http://Coasti.es wheels here.

    I wanted to thank you for linking us on Urban Velo! Stuff is going well on our end.

    What I’m most excited about is that people are so happy with the Coaster Brake wheels that they have been referring their friends. This is what they’ve told me that they like about them:

    Being unique. You’re different from all the other single speed bikes on the road.

    You get the clean lines of a single speed without brake cables. The only option available for that clean look before I built these wheels was fixed gear. I don’t hate fixed gear bikes but they feel unsafe to me. I *don’t* want to keep pedaling all the time. I don’t want to slip off the pedals and lose control. Sometimes I just wanna coast down a hill.

    You get to skid around like you did when you were a little kid, but you don’t hurt your knees like you can trying to skid stop a fixed gear. Mechanical advantage.

    A bunch of people riding these wheels are older (22-32) and they’ve already had their time on a fixed gear.

    In Oakland California we are stepping into a post-fixie environment.

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