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Old 11-27-17, 04:31 PM
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I no longer call anything a Franken-bike, or let them get too close to female riders.
huh?
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Old 11-27-17, 04:51 PM
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
I no longer call anything a Franken-bike, or let them get too close to female riders.
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huh?
Senator Al Franken tends to get a little too grabby.....
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Old 11-28-17, 01:55 PM
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A couple thoughts, things noticed while riding this evening - the tube diameters prevented me from using Sturmey-Archer cable guides like I'd originally hoped to, and the pulley sticks out noticeably further than an SA one does. As a result, I notice my right leg brushing against it, and I also touch the cable lightly when pedaling, especially standing up. Unfortunately, I don't think there's a good way to shave down the pulley clamp to make it lower-profile, so I guess I'll have to learn to deal with it. That, or go about the cable routing in a different way, but I really like the way it looks with the pulley. I suppose it might be possible to put an SA pulley a bit lower on the seat tube (it expands from 28.6mm to 29.8mm an inch or two below the top tube), but that might make it harder to shoulder the bike, which happens quite frequently. Maybe moving the pulley closer to the top tube/seat tube intersection will help? Alternatively, maybe I can find a suitable shim to make the pulley clamp fit the top of the seat tube - but I don't know if any of these solutions will get it out of the way at all.

Update: Moving the pulley back as far as it can go helped a lot
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Old 11-28-17, 02:39 PM
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Nice Bike!
Curious as to what is attached to the front spokes...computer?
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Neat bike. Am curious about the function of the Origin-8 accoutrement that's mounted to the handlebars.
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Old 11-28-17, 06:04 PM
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i think its a cupholder. i have one on my bike but it doesnt say origin8.
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Old 11-28-17, 08:49 PM
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Originally Posted by billnuke1 View Post
Nice Bike!
Curious as to what is attached to the front spokes...computer?
It's an old version of the Monkeylectric light

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Neat bike. Am curious about the function of the Origin-8 accoutrement that's mounted to the handlebars.
Coffee cup holder!
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Old 12-01-17, 12:53 PM
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Oh, yes, agree. That shifter is excellent, no matter where you put it.
@rhm, I was doing a bit of digging, and just realized that it was you who originally gave me the idea to use an STI lever for this! I want to convert my 3-speed to drop bars - let's talk shifters!
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@rhm, I was doing a bit of digging, and just realized that it was you who originally gave me the idea to use an STI lever for this! I want to convert my 3-speed to drop bars - let's talk shifters!
Oh, excellent! And it works? I'm very glad to hear it!
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Great bike!
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Old 12-01-17, 07:01 PM
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I found some pictures of the original, even-more-frankensteined version of this basic idea, affectionately referred to as the Stupid Franken-3-Speed


What kind of hub is that on front?
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Old 12-01-17, 08:13 PM
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If looks like a Sturmey-Archer drum brake.
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Old 12-01-17, 09:24 PM
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Yep. Sturmey-Archer XL-FD 90mm drum brake hub.
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Hey @agmetal, how do you like that drum brake. I have an old Dutch Gazelle Primeur and am thinking about redoing with new Sturmey Archer drum brake hubs. A 70mm front Dynohub and a 5 speed rear with a 70mm drum brake. It already has an old Gazelle Drum front and now has a SRAM 2 speed Auto rear. Would you recomend the swap based on your experience with that hub?
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Originally Posted by bwilli88 View Post
Hey @agmetal, how do you like that drum brake. I have an old Dutch Gazelle Primeur and am thinking about redoing with new Sturmey Archer drum brake hubs. A 70mm front Dynohub and a 5 speed rear with a 70mm drum brake. It already has an old Gazelle Drum front and now has a SRAM 2 speed Auto rear. Would you recomend the swap based on your experience with that hub?
For that setup, I liked it a lot. I still have that wheel on another build, but last winter I found myself slightly bothered by how grabby the brake could be, which is particularly noticeable on a more upright bike. As a result, I decided on matched 70mm drum hubs for my ANT roadster build, because they're plenty for most purposes. I don't have any experience with the hubs you currently have.
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Originally Posted by bwilli88 View Post
Hey @agmetal, how do you like that drum brake. I have an old Dutch Gazelle Primeur and am thinking about redoing with new Sturmey Archer drum brake hubs. A 70mm front Dynohub and a 5 speed rear with a 70mm drum brake. It already has an old Gazelle Drum front and now has a SRAM 2 speed Auto rear. Would you recomend the swap based on your experience with that hub?
i had the sa dyno with drum in the 70mm version and it was a good stopper and a good dyno. it is quite heavy. if you can deal with the weight its a good way to go. i also had the three speed hub with the drum brake and it was ok. i much prefer an old aw and a rim brake. less weight and i like rim brakes even in the rain. also the bike share i service uses the 5 speed sa hubs without a brake. we never have issues with the hubs but sometimes people complain about how they shift. they feel a little funny when engaging a gear. you get used to it real fast but people used to derailleurs some times complain.
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With the coaster brake, the neutral position between 2nd and 3rd came in handy for pedal repositioning at stoplights.
Brilliant! That might overcome my aversions to coaster brakes, actually. But I'd be a little scared of accidentally knocking it out of position while riding and ending up with no brake. Did that ever happen?
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Brilliant! That might overcome my aversions to coaster brakes, actually. But I'd be a little scared of accidentally knocking it out of position while riding and ending up with no brake. Did that ever happen?
The earlier S-A 3-speed coaster drove the brake through the transmission, giving maximum braking force in low gear and, yes, as you suggest, no braking force in any neutral position between 2nd and 3rd. Later versions drove the coaster brake directly, rather than through the planetary. It didn't matter much for me, because I had a front brake, which was the main one I used.
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