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    I think that original 3 speed fixed hub remained...

    I think that original 3 speed fixed hub remained in some limited production for decades until the 1960s or 1970s according to an article I read some time ago. The new version is totally reengineered,...
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    Sturmey Archer S3X bicycle update

    I bought a Sturmey Archer S3X right after they were first released. For those that aren't aware, the S3X is a three speed fixed gear hub. It was the first hub of this type to be manufactured for...
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    I haven't filed a warranty claim yet. I don't...

    I haven't filed a warranty claim yet. I don't really know how to go about it. Every time that I've had parts replaced under warranty I've done it by going back to the bike shop that I purchased the...
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    My problems with the hub have actually grown much...

    My problems with the hub have actually grown much worse since I last described them. In two of the three gears the hub is now basically a freewheel. The only gear that works properly is the...
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    I wish they'd fix my hub. It is basically trash...

    I wish they'd fix my hub. It is basically trash now. I've owned it for less than a year and only gotten light use out of it. What a waste of money!
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    Well counter clockwise gets you winds at your...

    Well counter clockwise gets you winds at your back on the Pacific Coast. But you'll hit a lot of head winds in the Northern Tier. I still think it's better, though, because you'll be on the side of...
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    The whole Lake Michigan coast is nice for biking....

    The whole Lake Michigan coast is nice for biking. I'd be sure to try to include the "Tunnel of Trees" on M117, near cross village.
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    I've put several hundred miles on the hub and I...

    I've put several hundred miles on the hub and I still think it is performing reasonably well. But there is still that annoying problem of the gears shifting into the neutral position frequently. It...
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    I never have had a big problem with that. I...

    I never have had a big problem with that. I usually just lay my bike down on it's side.
  10. Probably not rated for high enough torque for...

    Probably not rated for high enough torque for touring. Most internally geared hubs are not recommended for touring, or for hauling heavy loads, or for use by very heavy riders for that matter. I...
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    ACA maps are really nice, but not a necessity. I...

    ACA maps are really nice, but not a necessity. I usually just use road maps.

    You don't need a stove at all. I often tour without one, sometimes for weeks at a time. A pop can stove works if you...
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    I've done a fair amount of touring with a bivy. ...

    I've done a fair amount of touring with a bivy. Condensation is an ever present issue. Never been a problem, but it's there. As long as you're using a synthetic bag it shouldn't be any real...
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    I don't think a generator track is absolutely...

    I don't think a generator track is absolutely necessary. At least, not in dry conditions. I only have experience with the crappy Basta/Union bottle generators. I found that they worked about the...
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    I think the 35mm studded knobby tires provide...

    I think the 35mm studded knobby tires provide exponentially more resistance than the two hubs do.
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    It's not particularly light. But most...

    It's not particularly light. But most aero-profile rims are heavy.
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    I know the S3X isn't supposed to work with other...

    I know the S3X isn't supposed to work with other SA shifters, so I think it is different.
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    I have 40 hole mavic a719 rims on my touring...

    I have 40 hole mavic a719 rims on my touring bike. They work pretty well for me, but I'm only one person.
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    Dragonfly Downsides: Heavy Bulky Noisy ...

    Dragonfly Downsides:
    Heavy
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    Noisy

    Upsides:
    Wide base makes it much more stable than whisperlite
    Simmers really well

    I've owned both a whisperlite and a dragonfly. I much prefer the...
  19. My fixie commuter is a Raleigh One Way. It's...

    My fixie commuter is a Raleigh One Way. It's steel with horizontal drops. It has eyelets that would accommodate a front and rear rack. It actually wouldn't be a bad way to go for a fixed touring...
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    The indicator band is located between the 4th and...

    The indicator band is located between the 4th and 5th links in the indicator chain. You can see it in this picture:
    http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y30/mayorbrotherdan/DSCF06712.jpg

    For optimal...
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    I do like to go fast. But I have other bikes for...

    I do like to go fast. But I have other bikes for that. My fixie has been my main commuter in recent years, except when I need to make a big grocery run.

    I don't plan on using a fender, so...
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    Damn. Guess I should have acted faster.

    Damn. Guess I should have acted faster.
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    If this is who I think it is, I still want to buy...

    If this is who I think it is, I still want to buy that rack off of you. Sorry I flaked and didn't come to pick it up when I said I would.

    I guess it would be a good idea to build up the volpe as...
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    My old friend has taken me a lot of great places,...

    My old friend has taken me a lot of great places, including Whidbey Island. That's a beautiful place. You're pretty lucky to be living there.
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    LHT vs Volpe

    A couple of nights ago I put a bid in on ebay for a new LHT frame more or less on an impulse. I ended up winning the auction, but I'm having a bit of buyer's remorse.

    I purchased a Bianchi Volpe...
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