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Old 09-20-19, 08:26 AM
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No need to go to the trouble of removing the axle, setting up someone's lathe and then removing more material then needed. Just file down two flats on the axle where it would be inside the dropout slots. No more, no less, and done with axle in the hub. I've done this a number of times over the years, although more often on front axles. Remember that there are, perhaps, many tens of thousands of Sturmey Archer IGH hubs with factory done flats on the axle and we don't see these axles breaking (I think I can say I have never seem a broken SA axle although I'm sure there is at least one that has) Andy
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