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09-20-13, 04:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,216
Posted By brotherdan

I think that original 3 speed fixed hub remained...

I think that original 3 speed fixed hub remained in some limited production for decades until the 1960s or 1970s according to an article I read some time ago. The new version is totally reengineered,...
09-20-13, 03:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,216
Posted By brotherdan

Sturmey Archer S3X bicycle update

I bought a Sturmey Archer S3X right after they were first released. For those that aren't aware, the S3X is a three speed fixed gear hub. It was the first hub of this type to be manufactured for...
11-06-10, 11:14 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,945
Posted By brotherdan

I haven't filed a warranty claim yet. I don't...

I haven't filed a warranty claim yet. I don't really know how to go about it. Every time that I've had parts replaced under warranty I've done it by going back to the bike shop that I purchased the...
10-18-10, 07:33 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,945
Posted By brotherdan

My problems with the hub have actually grown much...

My problems with the hub have actually grown much worse since I last described them. In two of the three gears the hub is now basically a freewheel. The only gear that works properly is the...
10-17-10, 05:25 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,945
Posted By brotherdan

I wish they'd fix my hub. It is basically trash...

I wish they'd fix my hub. It is basically trash now. I've owned it for less than a year and only gotten light use out of it. What a waste of money!
Forum: Touring
06-29-10, 06:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 479
Posted By brotherdan

Well counter clockwise gets you winds at your...

Well counter clockwise gets you winds at your back on the Pacific Coast. But you'll hit a lot of head winds in the Northern Tier. I still think it's better, though, because you'll be on the side of...
Forum: Touring
06-27-10, 06:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 482
Posted By brotherdan

The whole Lake Michigan coast is nice for biking....

The whole Lake Michigan coast is nice for biking. I'd be sure to try to include the "Tunnel of Trees" on M117, near cross village.
06-27-10, 07:04 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,945
Posted By brotherdan

I've put several hundred miles on the hub and I...

I've put several hundred miles on the hub and I still think it is performing reasonably well. But there is still that annoying problem of the gears shifting into the neutral position frequently. It...
Forum: Touring
03-03-10, 08:05 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,936
Posted By brotherdan

I never have had a big problem with that. I...

I never have had a big problem with that. I usually just lay my bike down on it's side.
Forum: Touring
03-03-10, 07:54 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 32,754
Posted By brotherdan

Probably not rated for high enough torque for...

Probably not rated for high enough torque for touring. Most internally geared hubs are not recommended for touring, or for hauling heavy loads, or for use by very heavy riders for that matter. I...
Forum: Touring
03-02-10, 10:14 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,623
Posted By brotherdan

ACA maps are really nice, but not a necessity. I...

ACA maps are really nice, but not a necessity. I usually just use road maps.

You don't need a stove at all. I often tour without one, sometimes for weeks at a time. A pop can stove works if you...
Forum: Touring
03-02-10, 09:38 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,936
Posted By brotherdan

I've done a fair amount of touring with a bivy. ...

I've done a fair amount of touring with a bivy. Condensation is an ever present issue. Never been a problem, but it's there. As long as you're using a synthetic bag it shouldn't be any real...
Forum: Touring
02-24-10, 10:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 489
Posted By brotherdan

I don't think a generator track is absolutely...

I don't think a generator track is absolutely necessary. At least, not in dry conditions. I only have experience with the crappy Basta/Union bottle generators. I found that they worked about the...
02-24-10, 07:59 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,945
Posted By brotherdan

I think the 35mm studded knobby tires provide...

I think the 35mm studded knobby tires provide exponentially more resistance than the two hubs do.
02-23-10, 11:36 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,945
Posted By brotherdan

It's not particularly light. But most...

It's not particularly light. But most aero-profile rims are heavy.
02-23-10, 07:35 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,945
Posted By brotherdan

I know the S3X isn't supposed to work with other...

I know the S3X isn't supposed to work with other SA shifters, so I think it is different.
Forum: Touring
02-22-10, 10:32 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,121
Posted By brotherdan

I have 40 hole mavic a719 rims on my touring...

I have 40 hole mavic a719 rims on my touring bike. They work pretty well for me, but I'm only one person.
Forum: Touring
02-22-10, 09:44 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 15,044
Posted By brotherdan

Dragonfly Downsides: Heavy Bulky Noisy ...

Dragonfly Downsides:
Heavy
Bulky
Noisy

Upsides:
Wide base makes it much more stable than whisperlite
Simmers really well

I've owned both a whisperlite and a dragonfly. I much prefer the...
Forum: Touring
02-22-10, 09:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,067
Posted By brotherdan

My fixie commuter is a Raleigh One Way. It's...

My fixie commuter is a Raleigh One Way. It's steel with horizontal drops. It has eyelets that would accommodate a front and rear rack. It actually wouldn't be a bad way to go for a fixed touring...
02-22-10, 08:57 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,945
Posted By brotherdan

The indicator band is located between the 4th and...

The indicator band is located between the 4th and 5th links in the indicator chain. You can see it in this picture:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y30/mayorbrotherdan/DSCF06712.jpg

For optimal...
Forum: Touring
02-22-10, 08:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,167
Posted By brotherdan

I do like to go fast. But I have other bikes for...

I do like to go fast. But I have other bikes for that. My fixie has been my main commuter in recent years, except when I need to make a big grocery run.

I don't plan on using a fender, so...
Forum: Touring
02-22-10, 08:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,167
Posted By brotherdan

Damn. Guess I should have acted faster.

Damn. Guess I should have acted faster.
Forum: Touring
02-22-10, 07:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,167
Posted By brotherdan

If this is who I think it is, I still want to buy...

If this is who I think it is, I still want to buy that rack off of you. Sorry I flaked and didn't come to pick it up when I said I would.

I guess it would be a good idea to build up the volpe as...
Forum: Touring
02-21-10, 12:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,167
Posted By brotherdan

My old friend has taken me a lot of great places,...

My old friend has taken me a lot of great places, including Whidbey Island. That's a beautiful place. You're pretty lucky to be living there.
Forum: Touring
02-21-10, 11:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,167
Posted By brotherdan

LHT vs Volpe

A couple of nights ago I put a bid in on ebay for a new LHT frame more or less on an impulse. I ended up winning the auction, but I'm having a bit of buyer's remorse.

I purchased a Bianchi Volpe...
Forum: Touring
02-11-10, 10:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,920
Posted By brotherdan

I've lost a few rack bolts along the side of the...

I've lost a few rack bolts along the side of the road after they backed their way out, but I've never seen one sheer. But I did break a Jandd expedition rack on a tour in 2008 when the bottom of the...
Forum: Touring
02-11-10, 10:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 636
Posted By brotherdan

The price looks pretty good. After trashing...

The price looks pretty good. After trashing several rims in my day, I never plan on touring on anything less than a719 ever again, but the a119 doesn't look like a bad rim.
Forum: Touring
02-08-10, 05:20 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,156
Posted By brotherdan

I purchased one of these for a backpacking trip...

I purchased one of these for a backpacking trip last fall:

136596
Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP 10 MP


It's not as if it takes the best pictures in the world, and it doesn't have a whole lot of...
02-08-10, 05:02 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,945
Posted By brotherdan

I've been less than impressed with the...

I've been less than impressed with the performance of the hub so far. But I have only put about six miles on it. It seems that it has a definite tendency to shift into a neutral position from time...
02-08-10, 04:47 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,945
Posted By brotherdan

It looked very similar, but I pulled a small gear...

It looked very similar, but I pulled a small gear out of an old shimano cassette, maybe a 12 or 13 tooth cog, and tried to put it on the splines and it didn't seem to fit. Maybe I was doing...
02-08-10, 04:42 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,945
Posted By brotherdan

Yeah, my old chain ring was shark toothed, so it...

Yeah, my old chain ring was shark toothed, so it really needed to be replaced soon anyway. Plus I wanted to have more gear inches on the top end, rather than having a top gear that was a lower ratio...
Forum: Touring
02-07-10, 06:13 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,988
Posted By brotherdan

Typically, when LNT camping, one does not even...

Typically, when LNT camping, one does not even use toilet paper. Digging holes is a perfectly acceptable method of waste disposal in many environments, especially those that aren't heavily used,...
Forum: Touring
02-07-10, 02:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,073
Posted By brotherdan

Ditto to all of that. You can just lock your...

Ditto to all of that. You can just lock your bike up at night. If you are staying in a hostel, you can remove panniers and other gear from the bike and take it inside with you. Sure, u-locks can...
Forum: Touring
02-07-10, 02:08 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,401
Posted By brotherdan

Of course there are both advantages and disadvantages to established routes

I've toured on modified versions of the ACA pacific coast and Northern tier routes, though I just copied info from other people's maps, rather than purchasing the maps myself. I've also done tours...
Forum: Touring
02-07-10, 01:43 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,282
Posted By brotherdan

Looks good. I would definitely tour on a bike...

Looks good. I would definitely tour on a bike with that range in ratios. But I wonder if it is rated for hauling the amount of gear that is typical on a fully loaded touring bike.

I...
02-06-10, 11:21 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,945
Posted By brotherdan

I don't know, I kind of like the broad range. ...

I don't know, I kind of like the broad range. But I know a lot of people have echoed your comment, in wishing for tighter spacing between gears. The way I look at it is that I probably wouldn't...
02-06-10, 10:28 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,945
Posted By brotherdan

S3X Sturmey Archer

I bought the S3X wheel set with Alex Sub rims that was on sale in December. I didn't want a whole wheel set, as I run a hub generator on my front wheel, and I'm not interested in setting up my main...
02-06-10, 03:53 PM
Replies: 1,328
Views: 399,297
Posted By brotherdan

My Winter Bike with Sturmey Archer S3X

My winter bike has been a work in progress ever since I purchased it.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y30/mayorbrotherdan/Winter%20bike/DSCF0664.jpg

I started with a stock 2007 Raleigh One...
Forum: Touring
06-16-09, 08:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 685
Posted By brotherdan

I did a tour of over 1500 miles in 12 days in...

I did a tour of over 1500 miles in 12 days in 2006. I almost completely lost the sensation in most of the fingers on both of my hands, despite the fact that I wore gloves the entire time and tried...
Forum: Touring
05-09-09, 10:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,121
Posted By brotherdan

I have no problem getting above 110 psi with my...

I have no problem getting above 110 psi with my road morph. I have been using the old model since 2004 and I'll never consider buying any other kind of frame pump. Even though it might take more...
Forum: Touring
05-09-09, 10:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 777
Posted By brotherdan

I toured on Stelvios

I bought a set of Schwalbe Stelvio 700x28 for my tour last summer. I was a little concerned about durability, as they aren't marketed as a touring tire, but I found them to be more than up to the...
Forum: Touring
02-26-09, 10:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 849
Posted By brotherdan

Bull horns don't sound like much fun on a long...

Bull horns don't sound like much fun on a long tour. I just like to have a lot of different hand positions both to keep my hands from getting numb, and to allow me to move my body around a little...
Forum: Touring
02-26-09, 12:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,140
Posted By brotherdan

I tend to go with slick, or minimally treaded...

I tend to go with slick, or minimally treaded tires when I tour, and I always ride with 28s. I probably get a few more flats than people with wider tires, but I feel that the decreased rolling...
Forum: Touring
02-22-09, 11:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 505
Posted By brotherdan

I think hennessy hammocks are great when touring...

I think hennessy hammocks are great when touring in certain areas. As long as you are touring in an area that has a lot of tree cover, they're awesome. But they are rather difficult to use in...
Forum: Touring
02-22-09, 10:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 821
Posted By brotherdan

I think the reason that I like the option of...

I think the reason that I like the option of stealth camping on a tour is that I don't have to be tied down to set itineraries and just go. If I had everything mapped out with that kind of detail...
Forum: Touring
02-22-09, 12:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,006
Posted By brotherdan

Should be a fine setup for your purposes. I like...

Should be a fine setup for your purposes. I like to go a little lighter on my gear, but neither the tent nor the sleeping bag are particularly heavy or bulky, just a little more than I'd want. Last...
Forum: Touring
02-21-09, 05:24 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,492
Posted By brotherdan

I met a guy who was essentially a homeless bike...

I met a guy who was essentially a homeless bike tourist. He'd been on the road for a couple of decades. I put him up in my backyard for a couple of nights last summer. He toured on a heavily...
Forum: Touring
02-21-09, 05:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 809
Posted By brotherdan

Good point. I met a kid touring around Lake...

Good point. I met a kid touring around Lake Superior that was towing a trailer on a road bike with a low spoke count (~24). He said he had blown quite a few spokes along the way. Either a light...
Forum: Touring
02-21-09, 05:08 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 8,070
Posted By brotherdan

I've been looking at Rohloffs for a couple of...

I've been looking at Rohloffs for a couple of years now. I can't justify the expense at present. But when my old Bianchi Volpe finally gives up the ghost I'm going to invest in a bike built around...
Forum: Touring
02-21-09, 04:59 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,263
Posted By brotherdan

I personally enjoy riding on expressways. I'm...

I personally enjoy riding on expressways. I'm not allowed to do so in my home state, but I often use them when touring in the west. I don't think they are too visually appealing, and you certainly...
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