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Offline waynemyer

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Re: Hub recommendations?
« Reply #15 on: February 20, 2011, 11:20:16 am »
Cassette is definitely the superlative system, but I find freewheels to be plenty great enough.  Plus, I am frugal.  Like you, I prefer to buy it once and not futz with it.  There are decent new freewheels to be had, as well as plenty of NOS freewheels still circulating in the world.

I recently picked up a bunch of NOS Shimano FW for $5 each, as well as a couple of the IRD Defiant FWs.  The Defiant freewheels have profiled teeth and shift nicely.  They probably won't last as long as an unprofiled cog, but I haven't worn out one yet.  At my current rate, I probably have enough freewheels to get me through the next 30 to 35 years.  With Velo-Orange coming out with their cartridge, threaded hubs soon (forgot about those earlier), I suspect that freewheels are here to stay.  I wouldn't be surprised if VO comes out with their own FW within a couple years or starts stocking IRD's FWs.
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Re: Hub recommendations?
« Reply #16 on: February 20, 2011, 01:21:28 pm »
Gosh, waynemyer, you make perfect sense to me as I still have two freewheels in my stash (burn through one every year) and can get them easily enough. The 10 speed systems are not nearly as robust as even the 9 speed before it, but nothing compares to the 6 and 7 speed systems I still use today. Good for long hauls and lots of torque load. Will look into the Phil Wood stuff this coming week. Perhaps I can take some motorcycle money and get at least a rear hub (yes, I use an envelope system to manage my disposable income). The local shop should be happy to order it for me plus spokes which they will cut to length.

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Re: Hub recommendations?
« Reply #17 on: February 20, 2011, 11:01:23 pm »
Gosh, waynemyer, you make perfect sense to me as I still have two freewheels in my stash (burn through one every year) and can get them easily enough. The 10 speed systems are not nearly as robust as even the 9 speed before it, but nothing compares to the 6 and 7 speed systems I still use today. Good for long hauls and lots of torque load.

Say it from the hill, Brother Lone.  I was running 9-speed, but just didn't like it how persnickety it was and how quickly I wore out cassettes.  Interestingly, the chains were lasting unusually long.  I have dropped down to 8-speed on my cassette bike and I love how inexpensive even good parts are.  But nothing beats the long-wearing life and cheapitudeness of the freewheels and a Wipperman 5-speed chain.

Will look into the Phil Wood stuff this coming week. Perhaps I can take some motorcycle money and get at least a rear hub

Blasphemer!  Shame!  :D

The local shop should be happy to order it for me plus spokes which they will cut to length.

When you know your spoke length, drop me a line.  I may have the spokes you need either in DB or straight-gauge.  I bought a rather significant quantity of spokes from a shop liquidation.  I got plenty of value out of the lot already, and now many spoke lengths are just sitting there; I'll probably never get to them.  I would be happy to send you what you need if I have it in stock.  Gratis, of course.  This offer applies to the rest of you AC forum regulars, too.
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Re: Hub recommendations?
« Reply #18 on: February 21, 2011, 07:56:48 am »
Thanks for the offer, exceptionally generous of you. Now I just need to decide on a rim. Likely a Velocity. Hoo-boy, it never stops!