Bicycle Mechanics - hub gear on a kona paddy wagon
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04-23-08, 11:47 AM
I'm looking to build/buy a steel framed commuter and haved focused in on bikes like the surley cc, soma double and a few others. I have ridden a kona paddy wagon and while I know I need a few gears I don't need many. It has me wondering if I could get the paddy wagon frame and have a nexus hub gear installed. Would this work without a lot of crazy modifications besides buying the right pieces? Thanks!
04-23-08, 12:13 PM
It is relatively simple to do, once you have the wheel built, Sheldon Brown, bless his heart, did practically the same thing with a Bianchi San Jose. If you want to do a flat or riser bar the shifter looks a little better, IMO, but the gripshift-as-a-barend mode is actually very easy and intuitive.
04-23-08, 02:09 PM
Thanks enigmagic. I've checked out sheldon's san jose but didn't know the san jose was a single speed. I'm a newbie when it comes to frames and wasn't sure if a ss frame could take the width of the hub gear wheel or if I would have problems mounting the wheel due to the different drop outs. So you don't think I will have a clearance or drop out problem?
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