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Electra C1 , new wheels !

Old 10-11-19, 10:40 AM
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Electra C1 , new wheels !


Got my custom wheels a couple of days ago. Finally got them installed this morning.
the gear is two small , Iíve ordered a 22 tooth to go on it . The one that came on it was faster , but made my knees hurt climbing hills .

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The other side .
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Looks nice. How do the brakes work on the painted rims?
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Originally Posted by JehD View Post
Looks nice. How do the brakes work on the painted rims?
The rims are anodized. The brake works better than on the old rim .
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That red goes nicely with the black.
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Bicycle Wheel Warehouse sent me a coupon code I couldn’t resist, so I ordered another set of custom wheels .
This set in silver will have a Sturmey Archer two speed kickback hub and will probably go on my a Matte Bark C1 .
I hope I like the two speed hub . I read some good reviews on them .
I did want to fool with a three speed with cables and shifter .
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Originally Posted by kirby999 View Post
Bicycle Wheel Warehouse sent me a coupon code I couldn’t resist, so I ordered another set of custom wheels .
This set in silver will have a Sturmey Archer two speed kickback hub and will probably go on my a Matte Bark C1 .
I hope I like the two speed hub . I read some good reviews on them .
I did want to fool with a three speed with cables and shifter .
I want to hear feedback on that two speed. Is it with or without coaster brake?

I have a brand spanking new SRAM Automatix 2-speed I bought a couple months ago that someday I'll be lacing into a wheel for my Schwinn single speed.

If I can just get all these other chores behind me, I'll be going down the path of learning to build a wheel.
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I want to hear feedback on that two speed. Is it with or without coaster brake?

I have a brand spanking new SRAM Automatix 2-speed I bought a couple months ago that someday I'll be lacing into a wheel for my Schwinn single speed.

If I can just get all these other chores behind me, I'll be going down the path of learning to build a wheel.
It has a coaster brake . For what I paid for the wheelset , and what theyíre asking for the hub on Amazon , itís like Iím getting the wheels for around $25 .
Iím hoping the low gear is lower than the single speed that came on my Electra 1 . I want to be able to spin out around 5-7mph in low . Thatíll help me on the hills around here that have been messing up my knees lately.
Iíll be watching for a review of that Automatix 2-speed .
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It has a coaster brake . For what I paid for the wheelset , and what they’re asking for the hub on Amazon , it’s like I’m getting the wheels for around $25 .
I’m hoping the low gear is lower than the single speed that came on my Electra 1 . I want to be able to spin out around 5-7mph in low . That’ll help me on the hills around here that have been messing up my knees lately.
I’ll be watching for a review of that Automatix 2-speed .
It might be a while, but I need to get it done.

I do like riding my red Schwinn as a single speed, but there are so many stop signs around here. I always have to stand on the pedals to get moving quickly if traffic is near.

Right now, the Schwinn is set for 66 gear inches. The Automatix hub (with a 21 tooth rear sprocket) ought to get me 50 gear inches in low and 68 gear inches in high. Should be a very useful stop sign hub.
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This is what the Sturmey Archer Kickback gear ratios are
Gear Ratio
• Overall Range - 138%
• Gear 1 - 100% (Direct Drive)
• Gear 2 - 138% (Gear 1 + 38%)
I’ve read it comes with a 22 tooth cog . My Electra has a 44 tooth chain ring and the rear cog is 22 tooth now . So it looks like no change in low gear , but an increase in speed in second if my understanding is correct .
Might consider changing the chainring out for a 38 or a 40 tooth .
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Originally Posted by kirby999 View Post
This is what the Sturmey Archer Kickback gear ratios are
Gear Ratio
• Overall Range - 138%
• Gear 1 - 100% (Direct Drive)
• Gear 2 - 138% (Gear 1 + 38%)
I’ve read it comes with a 22 tooth cog . My Electra has a 44 tooth chain ring and the rear cog is 22 tooth now . So it looks like no change in low gear , but an increase in speed in second if my understanding is correct .
Might consider changing the chainring out for a 38 or a 40 tooth .
Similar to the Sram Automatix. 1.00 low and 1.36 high.

My Sram did not come with a coaster brake, looks like they quit making that version a while back. Kind of annoying as I'll lose a rear brake unless I buy a caliper, cable, and lever. Turning an inexpensive bike into something more expensive is something I'm prone to do.
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Similar to the Sram Automatix. 1.00 low and 1.36 high.

My Sram did not come with a coaster brake, looks like they quit making that version a while back. Kind of annoying as I'll lose a rear brake unless I buy a caliper, cable, and lever. Turning an inexpensive bike into something more expensive is something I'm prone to do.
Iíve added a front caliper brake to my cruisers and use it mostly . I only use both brakes in an emergency stop . Extends the life of a coaster brake , especially with my weight .
Putting money into something you enjoy is money well spent IMO .

I have a Fuji MTB frame thatís a little on the tall side for me , but I can ride it with the saddle resting on the frame ; that will probably get built into a cruiser , using leftover wheelsets .
I also have an old Schwinn MTB frame waiting to be built .
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I’ve added a front caliper brake to my cruisers and use it mostly . I only use both brakes in an emergency stop . Extends the life of a coaster brake , especially with my weight .
For whatever reason, I either grab the front brake or hit the coaster brake, but hardly use both at the same time. I do like the idea of using the coaster brake while riding no handed so that I can wave to the throngs of my adoring fans.


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Putting money into something you enjoy is money well spent IMO .
Usually true for me, until my wife calls me on it.
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Originally Posted by fiftysix View Post
for whatever reason, i either grab the front brake or hit the coaster brake, but hardly use both at the same time. I do like the idea of using the coaster brake while riding no handed so that i can wave to the throngs of my adoring fans.




Usually true for me, until my wife calls me on it. :d
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Originally Posted by FiftySix View Post
I want to hear feedback on that two speed. Is it with or without coaster brake?

I have a brand spanking new SRAM Automatix 2-speed I bought a couple months ago that someday I'll be lacing into a wheel for my Schwinn single speed.

If I can just get all these other chores behind me, I'll be going down the path of learning to build a wheel.
Youíve probably read my post in ďwhich frame ď and now know my hubs werenít what I expected. Iíll still let you know my opinion as I learn to shift the K T two s hubs .
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Update on my new wheels and my Electra C1ís .
Technically, my black one would have to be a C2 . Because it now has a two speed kickback hub and new Black anodized aluminum rims .
Iíve had some ideas in my head , wanting to do some changes to both my Electra Cruiser and decided now would be a good time to do them .
I set them up like I setup a MTB for cruising. Small riser handlebars ,MTB saddles . And I shifted my saddles forward , putting my body closer to being over the pedals , hoping this would help eliminate the knee pain Iíve been getting when I ride a pedal forward bike and switch back and forth between my cruisers and mtbís . I rode seven miles total between the cruisers today and the knees do feel better .
I like the new Cruiser/MTB look too .
The black one got the black rims and 2 speed hub , the matte bark one got the red rims with the Shimano SS coaster brake and I changed out the cog for a 22 tooth , which makes it awesome riding again . The 18 tooth was a little too rough on hills .
I also went back to Kenda 1.9 street tires that are so much lighter than the Maxxis Hookworms and they coast unbelievable .
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I got my new chainrings today a 38 and a 40 tooth chrome.
Thinking putting the 40 tooth on the black C1 with the two speed hub , and the 38 on the Matte Bark with the SS hub .
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The last few days I’ve had a chance to ride my C1’s after their wheel and tire changes .
For some reason they feel small to me after riding my Roll and Rockhopper . I think the 1.9 Kenda tires have a lot to do with it too . I miss my Hookworms.
one day this week I’ll be putting them back on .
I also have some new chainrings to install . I think the 38 tooth will be going on the single speed . Depending on how it peddles , I’ll either put the 40 on the two speed or ordered another 38 or something ? I’m looking for something that will spin out around 8-9mph .
the single speed , with its 44 chainring and 22 tooth cog spins out around 12-13mph . I want a hill climber , I’ll speed on the downhill side .
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