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    Show me your 3-speeds with 559 rims and fat tires?

    I'm thinking about building an "English beach bike," using a classic English 3-speed frame and hubs, but with 559 rims and Schwalbe Fat Franks or Big Apples. From a utilitarian perspective (riding near, but not on, the beach, with lots of soft sand and grass), it would seem to make sense -- like a beach cruiser, but with better geometry and gearing. But I've never actually seen it done. Does anybody have an example you'd like to show off? Can you say just how wide a tire one can put on a 23" Raleigh Sports? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianinc-ville View Post
    I'm thinking about building an "English beach bike," using a classic English 3-speed frame and hubs, but with 559 rims and Schwalbe Fat Franks or Big Apples. From a utilitarian perspective (riding near, but not on, the beach, with lots of soft sand and grass), it would seem to make sense -- like a beach cruiser, but with better geometry and gearing. But I've never actually seen it done. Does anybody have an example you'd like to show off? Can you say just how wide a tire one can put on a 23" Raleigh Sports? Thanks!
    The Schwalbe Marathon 26 x 1.5 is as wide as I've ever gone.

    I think you might run into some brake issues with rim brakes,
    because you need a pretty long reach and you run into clearances
    that are not real ideal for max fat tires.

    But you might be able to get away with this using drum or
    coaster brakes hubs. Dunno, I never had the need.
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    Not exactly fat tired, I run Nashbar 26 x 1 1/4 tires on it. Goes like snot, handles like a cow. As far as brake reach goes, a rat tail file is your best and cheapest friend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3alarmer View Post
    The Schwalbe Marathon 26 x 1.5 is as wide as I've ever gone.

    I think you might run into some brake issues with rim brakes,
    because you need a pretty long reach and you run into clearances
    that are not real ideal for max fat tires.

    But you might be able to get away with this using drum or
    coaster brakes hubs. Dunno, I never had the need.
    Yeah, I've been wondering about brakes. But you did put 26 x decimal rims on it, and get the brakes to reach? Using the original Raleigh brakes, or something else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianinc-ville View Post
    Pretty rad. What kind of generator is that, with the huge wheel?
    +1, that's very cool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianinc-ville View Post
    Yeah, I've been wondering about brakes.
    But you did put 26 x decimal rims on it, and get the brakes to reach?

    Using the original Raleigh brakes, or something else?
    They are some kind of standard 26" MTB rims that
    were on sale 15 years ago when I did this. Make sure
    you invest in decent tires if you do this, because clunky
    heavy MTB tires put you back at where you started.

    I found some brakes of longer reach. I had to hunt
    around for them as scrap on something else, but if
    I were doing it today, i'd probably just order Tektro
    cheapie side pulls in the correct reach. You couldn't
    do that back then.

    The Original brakes on these were just awful, so no great
    loss to swap them out.



    Quote Originally Posted by brianinc-ville View Post
    Pretty rad. What kind of generator is that, with the huge wheel?
    It's actually a bell that rings continuously
    when you pull the cable that engages it
    with the wheel.

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