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by Sid Aluminium
4 Apr 2020, 4:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Internal hub or derailleur - newbie question
Replies: 7
Views: 300

Re: Internal hub or derailleur - newbie question

Various hub gears:

Kindernay 543% ££££££££££££££
Rohloff 526% ££££££££££££££
Shimano Alfine 11 409% £££££££
Enviolo 380 380% £££££
Enviolo 330 330% £££
Sturmey Archer 8 325% ££
Shimano 8 307% £££
Shimano 7 245% ££
Sturmey Archer 5 243% £
by Sid Aluminium
31 Mar 2020, 4:29am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SRAM A2 Automatix; introduction to the internals
Replies: 127
Views: 202987

Re: SRAM A2 Automatix; introduction to the internals

why would the manufacturer choose to build them for small-wheeled bikes? far more 700c or MTB type wheels around no? Just guessing, but in Asia - where 61% of the world's population of humans lives, and where the preponderance of the world's bicycles are manufactured - there's a sizeable market for...
by Sid Aluminium
28 Mar 2020, 5:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: The first RTW cycle
Replies: 12
Views: 501

Re: The first RTW cycle

A fascinating, thrilling and ultimately tragic around-the-world cycling story is that of Frank Lenz (book: The Lost Cyclist, Hirlihy). Lenz was a photographer as well as a cyclist and he packed along a massive 1890s field camera. His surviving photographs still convey wonder and transport the viewer...
by Sid Aluminium
28 Mar 2020, 5:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: The first RTW cycle
Replies: 12
Views: 501

Re: The first RTW cycle

Thomas Stevens' own account of his around-the-world ride (1884-1886), 'Around the World on a Bicycle', is still in print and an engaging 500 page read, you know, if you're sitting around with nothing to do for a couple of weeks. The young man experiences personal growth during his two-year journey, ...
by Sid Aluminium
27 Mar 2020, 8:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Classic Sturmey Archer (pre NIG) AW 3s hub; what to look out for, what breaks.
Replies: 6
Views: 410

Re: Classic Sturmey Archer (pre NIG) AW 3s hub; what to look out for, what breaks.

I knew about the Rollo Elf lathe which used a Sturmey-Archer AW for a multi-speed gearbox, but last week whilst educating myself on medical ventilators, I ran across this surprising entry: In the United Kingdom, the East-Radcliffe was an early example. It used a Sturmey-Archer bicycle hub gear to pr...
by Sid Aluminium
21 Mar 2020, 4:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: USA coast to coast tour
Replies: 34
Views: 1371

Re: USA coast to coast tour

Mostly camping. A mix of roadside camps - pitch at dusk and away early, cheap campsites £10-$15 a night. Free camping in town parks, especially Kansas Colorado. There are extensive State Park systems in the 50 states and most reservoirs have campgrounds maintained by the Corps of Engineers or by a ...
by Sid Aluminium
21 Mar 2020, 4:06pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: USA coast to coast tour
Replies: 34
Views: 1371

Re: USA coast to coast tour

The Great American Rail Trail is decades off rather than years, I fear. I had a go at plotting it in cycle.travel and only 46% of the 3800 miles are currently trails rather than roads. Yep, but you currently can ride between Washington D.C. and Lincoln, Nebraska and be on Rail Trail ~most~ of the w...
by Sid Aluminium
21 Mar 2020, 4:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: BSA three speed hub
Replies: 4
Views: 296

Re: BSA three speed hub

In 1908 a rider named Peck lowered the End-to-End record to 2 days, 22 hours and 42 minutes on a BSA bicycle using the BSA licensed-produced Sturmey X-Type hub - it appeared that Sturmey had been hoisted by their own petard. Not to worry - a few weeks later Harry Green bested that by ~3 hours using ...
by Sid Aluminium
18 Mar 2020, 5:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: USA coast to coast tour
Replies: 34
Views: 1371

Re: USA coast to coast tour

A very short saltwater to saltwater, ocean pier to ocean pier ride across the USA is combining Adventure Cycling's Southern Tier route from San Diego to Central Texas with my own Third Coast Cutoff: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29360687 What's that total milage please Across the USA ocean pier to...
by Sid Aluminium
18 Mar 2020, 4:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: One for all bike.
Replies: 51
Views: 2402

Re: One for all bike.

'There are, in fact, three distinctly different "ordinary" uses of a bicycle, and ideally the enthusiastic cyclist needs at least three different machines.' Reginald C. Shaw, Teach Yourself Cycling, 1953 :)
by Sid Aluminium
16 Mar 2020, 5:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: USA coast to coast tour
Replies: 34
Views: 1371

Re: USA coast to coast tour

There's also the Eastern Express: https://www.easternexpressroute.com/ and the partially completed Great American Rail Trail: https://www.railstotrails.org/greatamericanrailtrail/route/ Choices, choices, decisions decisions. A very short saltwater to saltwater, ocean pier to ocean pier ride across t...
by Sid Aluminium
16 Mar 2020, 4:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which IGH?
Replies: 49
Views: 2234

Re: Which IGH?

I'm not mentioning the 'R' word but I will mention the 'P' word; if you can pick up one of those (complete bike) used it might be just the job for you. :D There's also the 'E' word: Enviolo. I've always thought these were fascinating on paper but probably less than stellar IRL. Then I recently saw ...
by Sid Aluminium
16 Mar 2020, 4:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which IGH?
Replies: 49
Views: 2234

Re: Which IGH?

" The SA AW hub has an enviable reputation but given the way that other SA products have failed to perform well one wonders how they got that design right and so many others much less so ." Looking through the information at Sturmey Heritage, the AW seems to have arrived on the scene in 19...
by Sid Aluminium
28 Feb 2020, 6:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ever ready bike light
Replies: 72
Views: 2740

Re: Ever ready bike light

Today's tiny rechargeables that actually light up the road make it impossible for me to generate any nostalgia for the Ever Ready Frontguard II I had. I seem to have a fuzzy recollection of being impressed with the lens, but can't remember exactly why. Perhaps it shaped the feeble beam to some advan...