Adding Front Brake to Middleweight Bike - Problem Solving Help?

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Rivnut

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Schwinn made this but I have no idea when. Bolts to flat blade forks.

 

BFGforme

riding a'41 BF Goodrich deluxe autocycle deluxe
Schwinn made this but I have no idea when. Bolts to flat blade forks.

That’s what I showed him in the picture
 

Rivnut

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
That’s what I showed him in the picture
I read this post a long time ago when it was first posted. I ran across this picture looking for something else and remembered it. Just posted what I found without going back and rereading it. My post is to an entire link and might give the author a little more insight. I wasn’t trying to upstage anyone in any way. Sorry if you felt slighted.
 

BFGforme

riding a'41 BF Goodrich deluxe autocycle deluxe
I read this post a long time ago when it was first posted. I ran across this picture looking for something else and remembered it. Just posted what I found without going back and rereading it. My post is to an entire link and might give the author a little more insight. I wasn’t trying to upstage anyone in any way. Sorry if you felt slighted.
Not at all, just meant was showing those that could work for him!
 

piercer_99

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Greetings!

I have a late 1958-1961 Snyder/Rollaway/Firestone that I am getting into comfortable rideable condition and I'm wondering how I would go about adding a front brake? I realize that traditionally, this style of bicycle has coaster brakes (and they do work), but with my abilities/skill level as a rider I don't feel all that comfortable riding without any handbrakes at all, especially around in the hilly and busy neighborhood I live in.

I've taken it to two reputable bike shops in my area and both have essentially told me it's inadvisable to add a front brake by drilling into the frame. Reviewing the bike myself as I have taken it apart to clean it up, they are very correct - the front fork pivots inside the frame with some sort of bearing, plus the vintage badge is also right there... so that is a whole can of worms I don't think I want to deal with. (I am a novice bike mechanic at best, so I ask for your patience about bike mechanics and fixing/assembling bikes as we move forwards here.)

However, I've done some searching and found this part that I think would work on my front bicycle fork... if I can find it? I realize this is a Schwinn part (and hopefully this isn't going to cause any pain for the mix and match on brand and era here) and as I've scoured eBay for the past two days I can't find anything that's even close. I did find a few archived posts here at CABE for this request as well, and folks have pointed others towards this website (originally in Japanese) which offers replica parts for the same style of front fork. I've sent a message to the seller in hopes they may answer (here's hoping they're willing to answer messages in English!), but the last restock looks like it was in October 2020...

So I need some problem solving help... should I spend my time looking for this part? Or should I try something else? I've attached some images of the front fork of my bike. I'm not certain this would be the right answer since from my searching it looks as though on the Schwinn bicycles this part was designed for, there is a tapped hole underneath but not on my Firestone. However I think it's the right direction? Any thoughts?

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If you really feel the need to a front brake, why not just get a disc brake conversion for the front?

There are a multitude of them available now. Simple bolt on bracket to the fork leg, no permanent changes to the bicycle needed.
 
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