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Old 10-19-09, 10:15 PM   #1
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Options for Sports wheels

I'm slowly getting my wife's '64 Sports together, and she doesn't want a gear (it's flat here). Rear spacing is 112mm and front is 88 mm.
My options for a rear single speed wheel, as far as I know, is a Shimano coaster brake, or a older BMX hub with a freewheel. Both should have 36 holes and I could get aluminum rims from Sun.

Are there any options that I'm missing?
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Nope. Just get a sun aluminum rim. Oh, yeah, and gears. Who cares if it's flat?
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You could also look for an SA coaster hub, and build around that.
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I vote for a three speed (AW or similar) hub rear and a dynohub front. Coaster brakes are really not that good, and good lighting is an important safety feature.
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+1 on gears - at least 3. She can always leave it in "normal," but a 3-speed hub just isn't that expensive. As far as coaster brakes, I've never ridden them - even my old single-speed Stingray (c. 1970) had handbrakes!
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3 speed coaster brake for the rear. She can leave it in whatever gear she chooses.

FWIW I try to switch all my wife's bikes over to coaster brakes if possible, she has small hands and can't get the braking power she needs much of the time. The bulk of the bikes built for city use in places like Denmark or the Netherlands typically come equipped with coaster brakes. They are great for moderating speed and stopping from the moderate speeds that you reach on an upright bike. On my wife's Raleigh Colt I have added an additional rear caliper brake to allow for the fact her hub is the less than stellar TCW III. If I can find a vintage AWC I would lace that onto the original rim for safety. Her Twenty is getting the more modern SRC3 and keeping the caliper brakes.

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