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Old 11-05-07, 11:35 AM   #1
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Where can I find a 20" wheel with 3 speed hub?

Hi folks,
I am hoping this is the place to ask, you all have soo much knowledge about these things...

I am looking at a Amica folder that is a single speed, and wondering if there is a place to source a 20" wheel with the hub already in it. I know that one can buy the hubs; but the complications of swapping it out with different spoke lengths and all are beyond my reach.

So, I am hoping for the easy fix. Do I have other worries about width?

thanks!
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Old 11-05-07, 12:21 PM   #2
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Hi folks,
I am hoping this is the place to ask, you all have soo much knowledge about these things...

I am looking at a Amica folder that is a single speed, and wondering if there is a place to source a 20" wheel with the hub already in it. I know that one can buy the hubs; but the complications of swapping it out with different spoke lengths and all are beyond my reach.

So, I am hoping for the easy fix. Do I have other worries about width?

thanks!
I had my own conversion from single speed to a three speed (see the web sites listed below) done at a LBS. It doubled the purchase price almost at once. The best place to ask is your LBS first. They might know of a local distributor that can ship a already installed three speed rear wheel. The easiest and better approuch is to buy a bike already with all the major features like the drive train along with the actual parts you want. Sometimes buying up might save you $$$ in the long run with better components/accessories plus being the way you want without going all out and bringing complication and draining your bank accounts at once.
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Old 11-07-07, 01:11 AM   #3
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If you would consider going with a steel wheel (rim brakes work better on modern aluminum wheels than with steel), e-bay is an option. There are plenty of older 20" wheels with Sturmey Archer SA (3 speed) hubs available from the Schwinn Sting Ray era. Add a shifter, and you could be in business for around $50. Or, use the hub and spokes to build up an aluminum wheel.
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Is this what you are looking for?
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Sturmey-Arche...QQcmdZViewItem
Bought one myself a few weeks ago. Its 406mm size and good quality alround.
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Bike Friday in Eugene, OR sells tandems/singles with 20" 3 speeds hubs. Give 'em a holler.
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You can pick up AW hubs really really cheap in the UK, like under 10 (used of course) on eBay. You could pick up a rim for a similar amount, find a friendly wheelbuilder - bingo!
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