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Old 09-05-21, 03:23 PM
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looking for 700 wheel, 3-speed hub, coaster brake

I've googed and I've searched the forum, and gotten lots of results, but hard to separate the wheat from the chaff.

One of my bike customers (I restore, flip, wrench) asked me yesterday for a 700c wheel with coaster brake, ideally 3 speed, but if not, 1 speed. He's European and spent 5 years in Amsterdam, to give you an idea of the kind of cycling he's thinking about. He has not gotten help or even interest from LBS's, except to buy a hub and build a wheel. And the hubs I've seen are expensive!!! But does a complete and affordable wheel with these requirements already exist? Source?

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Unlikely you'll find a low cost wheel with an IGH and coaster brake 700c wheels are not really a volume seller. The scarce availability of parts is driving many companies to reduce their selection of product to what's needed by many and not the ends of the bell curve. I have to admit that the LBS suggesting a custom built wheel is possibly their only option these days.

How about a used hub with a new rim and spokes? If you flip bikes then buying an old bike for it's hub then later fix up the remainder to recover that cost might be a good option.

I do wonder if your customer has ridden in SF much yet Not the topography for a single speed and only rear brake, IMO. Andy
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Old 09-05-21, 06:56 PM
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Unlikely you'll find a low cost wheel with an IGH and coaster brake 700c wheels are not really a volume seller. The scarce availability of parts is driving many companies to reduce their selection of product to what's needed by many and not the ends of the bell curve. I have to admit that the LBS suggesting a custom built wheel is possibly their only option these days.

How about a used hub with a new rim and spokes? If you flip bikes then buying an old bike for it's hub then later fix up the remainder to recover that cost might be a good option.

I do wonder if your customer has ridden in SF much yet Not the topography for a single speed and only rear brake, IMO. Andy
hahahaha, he's straight from NYC. Only been here a month. (here being Mountain View, which is flat). And his 5 years in Amsterdam is not going to prepare him either!

My son lived in SF for four years and I started thinking about those hills and rough roads with each new build, so a few in my fleet have either compact cranks or triples with robust tires. There is some very good cycling in SF, with inspiring views, one of my favorite places to ride.
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I picked up a cheap NOS SA S3C and am building that for my Schwinn cruiser. It is NOT the best 3s coaster but I will have a front brake also.
I don't see you being able to buy a 700c, 3s, coaster wheel... ever.
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Your customer will be needing a Fichtel and Sachs hub then

I parted a 700 wheel and such a hub out a couple of months ago, bought secondhand, and last week bought a 20" wheel kids bike secondhand mostly for the 36-spoke SRAM 3-speed coaster brake hub as the most reliable option because I could road test the bike - and the cheapest option because you get the lever and cable parts as well.

The F+S has a beautiful tick when coasting...
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A quick check on eBay (yeah, I know), one vendor has a 36h 3-speed rear hub kit for sale - it appears to be complete with cables/shifter/small parts. But they want $75+ for it.

Fair number of used hubs seemed to be available.

Did see one complete rear wheel at a reasonable price (and others at significantly more cost from the UK), but that was an auction and was freewheel vice coaster brake.

Provided FYI. Hope the info is useful.
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Old 09-06-21, 12:52 PM
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Not a coaster and it is not in stock...
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Our local co-op has an old Rudge with a recent S-A 3-speed coaster and 700C wheels. I was going to grab it for myself but don't like coaster brakes. Rag and Bones Co-op in Richmond, but it might not be cost effective for you and used stuff is always a gamble.

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Unless you can find a donor bike with a 3sp + coaster brake, then you'll be stuck buying a new hub, if you can find one. My preference would be a Shimano hub, but if you were going that way I would go for an 8 speed rather than a 3 speed... the function is the same, just more suitable for varying road steepness, and I believe you can get the 8 speed with a coaster brake.

Although I did see an online vendor with a $59 price on a Shimano Nexus Inter-3 with a coaster brake... that's pretty affordable. None in stock, though. https://www.universalcycles.com/shop...&category=2713
And here's an 8 speed version (also not in stock): https://www.universalcycles.com/shop...&category=2713

My advice is, don't be shy about sourcing and quoting a price you think might be a little high. You never know what a customer will agree to pay if you can fulfill their unique requirements.
For instance, if you can get a hub + hardware/shifter + rim + spokes for $400, and charge ~$600 (100 for wheel build, 100 for the surgery to adapt to customer's bike + time spent sourcing and ordering- your time is valuable), maybe he'll bite. Otherwise he's just waiting for you to scrounge stull out of the bin so he doesn't have to.
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You'll get better results searching for 28". But they seem to be mostly crap or sham, judging by the prices. And all Shimano.
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hahahaha, he's straight from NYC. Only been here a month. (here being Mountain View, which is flat). And his 5 years in Amsterdam is not going to prepare him either!

My son lived in SF for four years and I started thinking about those hills and rough roads with each new build, so a few in my fleet have either compact cranks or triples with robust tires. There is some very good cycling in SF, with inspiring views, one of my favorite places to ride.
well if he sticks to Silicon valley the 3 speed will work work and if insists

here is a 700c coaster brake single speed

https://www.velomine.com/index.php?m...oducts_id=2283

https://www.modernbike.com/700c-rear...ter-brakeisyes
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I have a Sturmey 3-speed with coaster brake but will need to dig it out. Might be built into a 26 x 1 3/8 wheel or might be loose.
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FWIW: a complete 700c coaster-brake 3-speed bike (w/Shimano IGH) can be purchased for around $350 from at least 1 source on the Internet in SoCal, apparently with free shipping. Professional assembly is recommended by the vendor. Probably low-end frame and other components, but might fit the customer's needs if a wheel turns out prohibitively expensive. He or she might also pay you to do the assembly.

Other sources list non-coaster models for even less. Not sure about shipping costs or locations for those, though (didn't look).

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Old 09-12-21, 08:27 AM
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If Palo Alto is convenient to you you might want to check us out at Bikex.org. We have a large box full of old hubs, lots of SA 3 speeds and maybe one with a coaster brake. We have work days every Wednesday and alternate Saturdays. I have a 26" wheel with Shimano 3 spd and coaster brake in my stash at home but ain't giving it up. One of these days I am going to use it on a cruiser bike,
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