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03-12-18, 06:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,032
Posted By sping

Thanks for the links - I should have put the...

Thanks for the links - I should have put the parts one in my post because I was referring to parts in there.



I should have looked before typing, but it's totally possible to mess with the RH...
03-11-18, 11:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,032
Posted By sping

Old thread, but I have this hub and have had to...

Old thread, but I have this hub and have had to rebuild it a few times.



The left cone is usually absent when you adjust this, as you wouldn't mess with it unless you've taken it out of the hub...
12-31-17, 03:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,619
Posted By sping

Update - I dug in again due to my troubles with...

Update - I dug in again due to my troubles with 5th gear - did another full strip down. I wanted to get a proper look at everything, and lube with lighter grease.

I found quite a bit of damage to...
12-29-17, 12:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,619
Posted By sping

I thought I'd jump on this old thread as it seems...

I thought I'd jump on this old thread as it seems like a good place to dump info for people interested in this hub. I have accumulated a little trial-and-error experience with them.

Even though...
11-04-15, 07:28 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 13,907
Posted By sping

I have nothing helpful to add but I'll jump on...

I have nothing helpful to add but I'll jump on this old thread as it was my first search hit.

I'm here because my second Nexus 8 red band hub is now doing the same. I replaced the previous one...
Forum: Commuting
10-15-10, 07:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 796
Posted By sping

I have almost exactly the Torker Graduate in a...

I have almost exactly the Torker Graduate in a self-built bike, though I have a dynamo/drum front hub.

Plus points:
Low maintenance for bad weather
Brakes effective all-weather, zero...
Forum: Commuting
09-05-08, 08:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,551
Posted By sping

I hit it all the time in my commute. e.g. riding...

I hit it all the time in my commute. e.g. riding through a grid of streets, I cross two consecutive intersections where I have stop signs. At the first one the cross street has no stop signs,...
Forum: Commuting
08-20-08, 01:39 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,873
Posted By sping

Whether that's true or not I think it's a rule...

Whether that's true or not I think it's a rule worth sticking to - then you get to feel justified ;).

In case it's not clear, I'm actually defending bending and breaking the rules, providing you...
Forum: Commuting
08-20-08, 08:41 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,432
Posted By sping

Does it make you proud to raise your "don't...

Does it make you proud to raise your "don't grass" ethos above living in a civilized society? The laws are there for the general good, and working with the system to make people show respect for...
Forum: Commuting
08-20-08, 08:33 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,873
Posted By sping

I agree with almost all of your earlier post, but...

I agree with almost all of your earlier post, but a few things are quite legitimate in many jurisdictions, like riding to the front of a traffic queue. It's just fine and legal in MA, and I'd...
Forum: Commuting
08-14-08, 09:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 735
Posted By sping

I thought it was obvious. If someone tries hard...

I thought it was obvious. If someone tries hard and makes a big show of it, and yet performs worse than someone who's not even trying, isn't that a little ridiculous?

It's very different to be...
Forum: Commuting
08-14-08, 07:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 735
Posted By sping

Yeah, I'm on the 28 T-Servs, and am very happy,...

Yeah, I'm on the 28 T-Servs, and am very happy, though I have little experience with anything else. I know I often cruise past people on fatter tires without trying, while they're working hard. ...
Forum: Commuting
08-14-08, 07:07 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,888
Posted By sping

Is it possible you have wide bones? I bought a...

Is it possible you have wide bones? I bought a B17 Narrow thinking I the standard looked very wide, only to find that my weight was all on the metal support at the back, effectively like sitting on...
08-12-08, 06:35 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,510
Posted By sping

I very much like the Mirrycle - there are...

I very much like the Mirrycle - there are versions for drop bars and flats. I've heard people say bar mirrors vibrate, but I've never had that problem. I also just couldn't get on with helmet...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-08, 06:30 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 10,410
Posted By sping

I'm pretty sure you can get more into the typical...

I'm pretty sure you can get more into the typical grocery pannier too. However, I'm a big fan of free, reuse, and minimizing consumption.
08-09-08, 12:20 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,585
Posted By sping

Interesting, thanks. Well, I bought a cap for C2...

Interesting, thanks. Well, I bought a cap for C2 (in fact, a few values, since I will probably be varying the number of LEDs), so I may as well get the boost.

While I'll use a hub, I am not...
Forum: Commuting
08-08-08, 06:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 667
Posted By sping

Yeah, I commute through Somerville and Cambridge,...

Yeah, I commute through Somerville and Cambridge, and while I'm the first to say that Boston drivers are some of the worst in the world (and I've driven/ridden in many countries), they have a nasty...
Forum: Commuting
08-07-08, 02:23 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,041
Posted By sping

- 4 mile commute: I cruise slowly the last half...

- 4 mile commute: I cruise slowly the last half mile, then have a fan on my desk to bleed off the bit of excess heat for 5 mins when the air has stopped moving around me. Works very well.
Forum: Commuting
08-07-08, 02:20 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,204
Posted By sping

I have a theory on what is at the root of this......

I have a theory on what is at the root of this...

...the popular and self-fulfilling concept of "Government is Bad", which serves corrupt politicians very well, lowering expectations through the...
Forum: Commuting
08-07-08, 06:37 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,204
Posted By sping

As a Brit living in the Boston, MA, here's my...

As a Brit living in the Boston, MA, here's my take on the issues:

1. Trivial driving tests, especially in the past. Most people just don't have an idea what the driving laws are. Just ask...
Forum: Commuting
08-05-08, 06:49 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,867
Posted By sping

4 mile flat commute - my "plan" is that I bought...

4 mile flat commute - my "plan" is that I bought Kevlar tires (T-Serv), have pump, multi-tool, patches (never used) and waterproofs in a pannier bag, and I keep the bike well maintained.

I don't...
08-04-08, 06:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,483
Posted By sping

> I like hub dynamos on bikes that are used...

> I like hub dynamos on bikes that are used regularly at night.

... or if you want to advertise your presence in the day. I'm heading towards a hub/LED system, and I intend to leave it running at...
08-01-08, 06:41 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,585
Posted By sping

They are across the LEDs themselves. If you have...

They are across the LEDs themselves. If you have your rectifier in the light unit, then that is the same thing as the DC output of the rectifier.

If you have the rectifier separate from the...
07-31-08, 07:50 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,585
Posted By sping

I'm planning to try a rear light with this 80x10...

I'm planning to try a rear light with this 80x10 degree optic (http://www.l2optics.com/flare.aspx), from ledsupply (http://www.ledsupply.com/l2-op-fl.php).

It sits flat on the LED star (no...
Forum: Commuting
07-30-08, 10:01 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,116
Posted By sping

Wait a minute - you're conflating breaking the...

Wait a minute - you're conflating breaking the law with endangering people.

The second is usually a subset of the first, but there are plenty of ways to break the law without endangering anyone,...
07-29-08, 10:54 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,073
Posted By sping

A few quick throwaway observation which may be...

A few quick throwaway observation which may be unnecessary: to be safe, I'd say get one or two Superflash...
07-28-08, 11:42 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,498
Posted By sping

That doesn't matter - if you're prepared to use...

That doesn't matter - if you're prepared to use Paypal, you'll just get it at the current exchange rate. Note though, their orders take a while... at least 2 weeks.
Forum: Commuting
07-23-08, 07:01 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,790
Posted By sping

Did you ever get to try the Mirrycle? When the...

Did you ever get to try the Mirrycle? When the only bike I had was my MTB, I even had it on on the trails, and had no problems with rough ground - I could see my friends behind me. Currently I...
Forum: Commuting
07-15-08, 08:06 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,545
Posted By sping

- probably only works for the bar-end version...

- probably only works for the bar-end version where you get to choose the angle of the first (and only) leg. It would probably be even more vulnerable to falls, since it's rigid.

However, I like...
Forum: Commuting
07-14-08, 01:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,545
Posted By sping

I too have the bar-end version and love it. I...

I too have the bar-end version and love it. I removed the intermediate leg of it, so while I can't turn it in easily, it doesn't stick out so far or look so goofy, which is a good thing for me. ...
Forum: Commuting
06-03-08, 09:30 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,169
Posted By sping

Thanks ;) - you're making me feel even better...

Thanks ;) - you're making me feel even better about where I live. It's kind of yuppified due to the prices, but then again about 2/3 of my street is families who've lived there 30 years or more. ...
Forum: Commuting
06-03-08, 07:58 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,169
Posted By sping

I didn't establish what he meant, specifically......

I didn't establish what he meant, specifically... I assumed tendon/muscle/joint damage, but a few things he said suggested to me that he thought it got them into more accidents. It was little more...
Forum: Commuting
06-03-08, 06:44 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,169
Posted By sping

In my opinion, the neighborhoods a couple of...

In my opinion, the neighborhoods a couple of miles from the center are much better places to live anyway. One of Boston's big thing is its subway, so you can be be a quick, easy trip from downtown...
Forum: Commuting
06-02-08, 12:59 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,169
Posted By sping

Totally unscientifically measured (by me), the...

Totally unscientifically measured (by me), the median price around me (Davis Square), is about 600k for a two-family house (two 3-bed apartments, 3000 sq ft total, 3000-3500 sq ft plot. Davis Square...
Forum: Commuting
06-02-08, 12:34 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,169
Posted By sping

Well, like many cities, what people think of as...

Well, like many cities, what people think of as the city of Boston, and the legal/administrative definitions are different. e.g. I live 4 miles from the center of Boston, in the City of Somerville...
Forum: Commuting
06-02-08, 12:06 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,586
Posted By sping

I don't carry much, but enough to need some sort...

I don't carry much, but enough to need some sort of bag. Sometimes a laptop, plus the usual - rain gear, tools, extra layer etc., but the alternative to my one pannier bag is a bag on my back, and I...
Forum: Commuting
06-02-08, 10:38 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,586
Posted By sping

+many I can't imagine riding without it,...

+many

I can't imagine riding without it, particularly in traffic. I rode a motorbike for a while, and felt blind without it on the bicycle. You know whether to worry about that vehicle...
Forum: Commuting
06-02-08, 10:33 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,586
Posted By sping

-1 ;) I have to say I don't much like the...

-1 ;)

I have to say I don't much like the feel of my panniers - with a laptop, tools etc. in one bag, it's off-center weight and I can feel it flex. In every other way it's great. Having a bare...
Forum: Commuting
06-02-08, 10:17 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,169
Posted By sping

I've been commuting since moving to an E...

I've been commuting since moving to an E Cambridge office last summer, except when there was ice on the road, and I find it really ironic that the warm weather brings out the bikes.

While for...
Forum: Commuting
06-02-08, 10:00 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,169
Posted By sping

Mixed, in Boston. Plenty of fashion victims...

Mixed, in Boston. Plenty of fashion victims etc., but also plenty just using a bike as utility transport and nothing more. Some of them are a pain in the neck - weaving along on a squeaking MTB...
Forum: Commuting
05-23-08, 07:02 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,404
Posted By sping

I think that makes me a woman. Or something. ...

I think that makes me a woman. Or something. Though as someone else said, the fantasy would revolve around the cheese shop for me, more than the bike.

Seriously though, could it get better than...
Forum: Commuting
03-03-08, 09:09 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 4,310
Posted By sping

1) What motivates you to commute by bike? Fresh...

1) What motivates you to commute by bike?
Fresh air and exercise, convenience and reliability, low stress and stress-relief, self-sufficiency.
Note: not money or environment - it is pure cost to...
Forum: Commuting
02-25-08, 08:31 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,533
Posted By sping

Exactly! Isn't that what riding together is? :D ...

Exactly! Isn't that what riding together is? :D

For me, I speed up as a competition with myself (and never to be obnoxious, like when someone is right behind me). I like to get the lungs and...
Forum: Commuting
02-22-08, 09:12 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,459
Posted By sping

I'm puzzled how a short stem can be a handling...

I'm puzzled how a short stem can be a handling problem (as alluded to by the OP) if Albatross bars handle fine. They seem to - people love them.

Seems to me the albatross is functionally...
Forum: Commuting
02-22-08, 09:00 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,533
Posted By sping

That's just plain fun. I normally cruise at...

That's just plain fun. I normally cruise at about 60-70% (I need the exercise, but I don't need to be a sweating wreck at work), so I'll try to keep up with someone faster, just for the challenge,...
Forum: Commuting
02-22-08, 08:23 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,366
Posted By sping

There's always the hybrid option - work with a...

There's always the hybrid option - work with a specialist bike store to custom-make your ideal. Might push your budget I suppose.

I'm enjoying the SS commuter simplicity, but one thing I'm fed up...
Forum: Commuting
02-22-08, 08:09 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,366
Posted By sping

I'm very interested to hear that. Nokians? Full...

I'm very interested to hear that. Nokians? Full fenders? I have an RR frame coming on the group buy.

IRO only claims 28mm tire clearance with fenders, 35 without, which would rule out the...
Forum: Commuting
02-21-08, 11:45 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,336
Posted By sping

If you half the weight, the kinetic energy halves...

If you half the weight, the kinetic energy halves (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinetic_energy#Calculations).

But you go at, say, 1/3 the speed (reasonable estimate?), kinetic energy divides by 9....
Forum: Commuting
02-20-08, 03:01 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,336
Posted By sping

Reports I've seen of the SA front hub are that it...

Reports I've seen of the SA front hub are that it works as well or better than dry calipers.

A motorbike is a very different animal, it weights typically 600lb with driver (lots more for a Harley)...
Forum: Commuting
02-20-08, 08:31 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,336
Posted By sping

So what puts people off drums on an all weather...

So what puts people off drums on an all weather commuter? Is it the 2lb penalty? The uncoolness? Near zero maintenance, all sealed in...

People swear by the performance of the Sturmey Archer...
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