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Old 05-20-14, 06:39 PM   #1
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tech question

So some years back I was checking out the trek Clyde. It had a city bike / mtb look. Nice lines. I ended up getting it to get back in the saddle. It worked for renewing my interest in riding. It had the nexus 3 speed( I think) of which I got turned to 5 right off the bat. After I took possession I asked the question I should have asked $150 ago. Did I add 2 more gears or did I split existing gears? Split existing. Ok, not what I was thinking I did. Was told some things about the nexus slipping gears but thought if I was careful..... Then, I started chopping up the lines of the bike I got because of the lines. Changed seat, bars, stem, added a basket, bell, hey I live very near the beach. You need these things. Then it happened, on a ride nexus slipped. Freaked me out because I have heard and..... and and..... Didn't ride it again for a while, then started. Must of needed the basket.. some time later it happened again. Slippage. Not sure what or how, but I didn't hit the ground. That time where your holding on, time slows real slow, and your waiting for the inevitable contact with asphalt and the road rash you will have in the next month's. It never happened. I guess I have to be thankful for my old mtb days. You learn some handling. It did throw out my shoulder ( rather agitate an old mtb injury) and the bike ended up in the yard under the bushes. SO......... My bonehead question, I cleaned up the bike over last weekend ( amongst swapping bars on 2 other bikes, liking one setup but will now have to replace all 4 cables because existing are too short....) And while going through things, I started to question if the nexus failed or if it was the shifter. I'm thinking now it was the shifter. Anybody have any input? I'll most likely be putting some miles on it, the beach is only 2 miles away, coffee, paper go good with the basket not to mention a towel and fins. Is there a new shifter available? Or just get a new wheel laced and be gone with the nexus? Or put it back to 3 speed? Thanks for any info. JOhn
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Old 05-20-14, 06:57 PM   #2
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lace up a NuVinci 360 CVR hub in the back .. it is continuously variable .. you just turn the grip till it feels right..

but, no coaster brake option ..
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Yeah, have vbrakes, seem like very little is this way. Most have coaster brakes, which I don't like. Thanks, will look that hub up.
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Old 05-22-14, 04:34 PM   #4
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Ok, did some work today on the bike, swapped out the nexus shifter and replaced with a 5 speed thumbie from my old
Stumpjumper. Yeah, vintage, only 5 speed back there. But I think all my bad thoughts on the nexus is not as bad, problem
Was the shifter and not the hub. And so far it has not cost anything, just old parts. I'm a happy camper!
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