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    Emeritus...a second time? talleymonster's Avatar
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    Replacement Hub Suggestion?

    I have a 1960 Schwinn Racer. It is equipped with a Sturmey-Archer TCW Mark IV. I'm completely restoring this bike for my wife to ride. I have since learned that the TCW series hubs are all unreliable.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sheldon Brown
    They ran the brake through the gear train. This means that when you're in high gear, when you would be most likely to be going fast...the brake is at its weakest!

    Even worse, if your shifter is mis-adjusted and you accidentally shift into the "neutral" position between 2nd and 3rd gear, the brake will not work at all!
    I'm rebuilding this whole bike down to the last bolt. It needs new spokes so I figure while I am in there i might as well replace the hub.

    What is an alternative hub that I can use? Is there a later model that will be an acceptable swap for this bike?

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    How about one from the Nexus or SRAM line? Some friends of mine ride 3 speed Nexus hubs and are very happy with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziemas View Post
    How about one from the Nexus or SRAM line? Some friends of mine ride 3 speed Nexus hubs and are very happy with them.
    The only thing with that is that I'll have to set up shifter, brakes, etc.
    The current hub is single speed with coaster brake(if I am not mistaken), hence no brake or shifter cables, no levers, etc.

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    Find a model AW hub and add caliper brakes.

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    TCW's are 3 speed. If the bike is from the early 60's and the hub has made it this far, I'd just reuse it. If your wife is anything like mine, she prefers a coaster brake.

    Otherwise, you can get a Sturmey AW of ebay for 10 to 20 bucks.

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