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    1986 High Sierra: best sources to replace axle, nuts, and "cones"

    I got a bunch of 6001 bearing cartridges to replace the old ones on my 1986 High Sierra, but there was so much corrosion on the front hub axle that I destroyed the locknut and can't remove the "cone". Any suggestions on the best source for new hardware? Thanks everyone.

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    Wouldn't it be easier to just find new 26" wheels?
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    I think those were Sanun hubs if I recall correctly. The axles are narrower than most MTB's. If you have a decent LBS which has been around since the 70's, they may have some in a drawer someplace. A bike cooperative might be another place to look.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Golden Boy View Post
    Wouldn't it be easier to just find new 26" wheels?
    Yes, if you want to get all reasonable about it. Was feeling sort of attached to the wheels though. Anyway, you'll appreciate the other result of the CL binge:
    Last edited by belacqua; 10-18-14 at 06:58 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by balindamood View Post
    I think those were Sanun hubs if I recall correctly. The axles are narrower than most MTB's. If you have a decent LBS which has been around since the 70's, they may have some in a drawer someplace. A bike cooperative might be another place to look.
    That sounds correct, thanks. It leaves me less optimistic about rehabilitating the hub though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by balindamood View Post
    I think those were Sanun hubs if I recall correctly. The axles are narrower than most MTB's. If you have a decent LBS which has been around since the 70's, they may have some in a drawer someplace. A bike cooperative might be another place to look.
    My High Sierra is n 87 and it has high flange Joytech hubs. Pretty cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by belacqua View Post
    Yes, if you want to get all reasonable about it. Was feeling sort of attached to the wheels though. Anyway, you'll appreciate the other result of the CL binge:
    That looks fantastic! Brooks and a generator hub!

    Does it fit?
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    Send me a picture of your hub and the mashed bits and I will see what I can find in the 500 pound wunderbin-of-yesteryear.
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    @belacqua

    By the way- you're now required to post this in the 'show your vintage touring bike' and show your Schwinn Voyageur' threads!

    It's a rule!

    http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/319254-show-us-your-vintage-touring-bikes.html

    http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/925759-post-your-schwinn-voyageur.html
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    And I want to see a pic of the High Sierra.

    Hoping to do a double High Sierra ride, a metric gravel grinding century, tomorrow. My buddy has an '85 or '86 (Roller Cam calipers and nutted axles) and I have the '88 (built in late '87). It's interesting how this model was changed from year to year.
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    Niagaracycle.com has lots of axle sets, starting around $4.00
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    Sweet bike; wheels manufacturing is a good place to start when looking for a variety of small parts including axles and cartridge bearings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by balindamood View Post
    Send me a picture of your hub and the mashed bits and I will see what I can find in the 500 pound wunderbin-of-yesteryear.
    Thanks for the kind offer, Balindamood. I'm going to try the internals from a Formula hub I have on hand, just in case, and then probably replace the whole wheel if that doesn't work. Because then I would have an excuse to get a 26'' dynamo setup :-).

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Golden Boy View Post
    That looks fantastic! Brooks and a generator hub!

    Does it fit?
    fits awesome, esp. since I have very long inseam. Saddle, dynamo and fenders all came off the commuter the voyageur has handily replaced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh View Post
    And I want to see a pic of the High Sierra.

    Hoping to do a double High Sierra ride, a metric gravel grinding century, tomorrow. My buddy has an '85 or '86 (Roller Cam calipers and nutted axles) and I have the '88 (built in late '87). It's interesting how this model was changed from year to year.
    Here it is. I love the roller cams.

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    My buddy Paul rides the same brown and black High Sierra. When we removed the front wheel at the end of the ride to stow it in the van I was amazed by how smooth those sealed hub bearings spin. He does have a split double stem. Did you replace your stem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh View Post
    My buddy Paul rides the same brown and black High Sierra. When we removed the front wheel at the end of the ride to stow it in the van I was amazed by how smooth those sealed hub bearings spin. He does have a split double stem. Did you replace your stem?

    No, but it does appear the slingshot stems were spec for the 87. I do/don't want to know how mine got the "comfort" seat (clamped to straight-pipe seatpost), stem, and badly shimmed 23mm bars it came to me with.

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    Funny how things get modified over the years. Paul's is 100% stock with the exception of the tires which were replaced by him about 10 years ago. He is the original owner. I've been trying to convince him to ditch the knobbies for smooth treads (he only rides it on dirt, paved roads, and the packed gravel rail trail). But he wants to keep it stock and even had a hard time adding the rack for his make shift bag he strapped on for yesterday's ride.

    Looking at my yellow HS, I'm thinking now that I should try to match the yellow paint on the frame and stem and paint the seatpost to match. Originally it had the aluminum stock post. It was suggested to go the black one. But I'm thinking yellow might be the final touch it needs.
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