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Old 08-02-13, 07:55 AM   #1
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Wheel upgrade questions

Is it possible to have both a dynamo hub and a disk brake on the same wheel? I searched about but did not find pre-built ones. I'll be getting a new fixed frame this year and would like both features in the front, so I have reliable lights and brakes, as this will probably be my primary commuter.

Also, when ordering wheels online, is it better to get them in parts, or do they ship just as safely assembled?

Is there a particular retailer you think stands above the rest online?

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Sure, if not a fork with Disc brake mounts, then get a Sturmey Archer X-FDD combination drum brake & dyno.

http://www.sturmey-archer.com/produc...d/2/id/30.html
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Oh hey, that's even better. No disk to get dinged up on accident...very nice. I'll have to go find a retailer so I know what I'm getting into.

Even if I get it all in parts, I suppose I can pay the LBS to lace it proper.

The bike itself comes stock with single pull calipers. I intend to ride it stock a while to give myself a strong familiarity with it before I delve into the upgrades, but I already have in mind to emulate those European city bikes, one step at a time.

Could also just buy said city bikes, but I'm in it for the step by step process - lot of you guys talk upgrades so this is where I come in.

Is it possible to run rear and front lights off the same dynamo? The stock bike comes with IGH and I'm not sure if I want to go and scrap that for a IGH + Dynamo set-up. I think I plan to keep the caliper breaks on the rear, though, unless I stumble upon (or am suggested to look at) something nicer. I have a strong dislike for pedal-operated breaks, however.

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Theres a matching IGH 3 or 5 speed drum brake for the back too.

2 drum sizes, too the X, 70mm, XL 90mm..


I've been using a non dynamo F, and a 6 speed freewheel- drum R ,for 25+ years ,
Now, on my Icy Road winter studded tire bike..



The hub powers the headlight , and the headlight has connectors, to wire the taillight up to it.
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The stock one is an 8 speed. Specifically I'm looking at the Windsor Kensington 8.

Who would you recommend getting these hubs from?

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Is it possible to have both a dynamo hub and a disk break on the same wheel?
Sure, but man you'd have to hit something hard!
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Sure, but man you'd have to hit something hard!
I had to read that like three times before I got it. Good catch - I'll fix the original post.

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I had to read that like three times before I got it. Good catch - I'll fix the original post.

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Specifically I'm looking at the Windsor Kensington 8.
This?
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...ensington8.htm

If you want to go with a disc brake,you'll need to swap the fork and brake lever. If you go with a drum,you still might need to swap the fork. Drum brakes require a torque arm to be solidly mounted to the fork. In addition to needing tools to remove the arm mount(you'll need some kind of band or hose clamp mount),those fork legs look a little thin to be handling the stress(just going by the pics).

REIcarries an IGH/disc/gen hub bike,as does Breezer. There are others out there as well. Civia Hylands still occasionally turn up on eBay too.
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Yeah, that's the one. Thanks for pointing out the fork issue. I'll look into fork options. I think I'll still go with that bike, though - pleased with it stock, this is mostly about the "next step". Might just settle on the dynamo only hub. We shall see! Thank you for linking those other two options, though - maybe they'll grow on me more than the Kensington.

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If you want to go with a disc brake,you'll need to swap the fork and brake lever.
The brake lever wouldn't need changing if a 'road' version of a mechanical disc brake caliper was used.
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I've been using an old Campag Road lever on my bike with the SA Drum brakes for 20years. (mustache bars)

Drum brake needs only a band around the fork blade , same fork ..


Because the arm that turns the cam in the hub is so much longer, than the cam is wide at its widest point to spread the brake shoes.

a V brake lever may also be a good thing.. though not compulsory as I said.
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The brake lever wouldn't need changing if a 'road' version of a mechanical disc brake caliper was used.
D'oh! Yeah,brain farted.
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