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Salubrious 04-25-19 10:38 AM


Originally Posted by carfreefamily (Post 20900367)
Three Speed Century?

The Santa Fe Century is coming up next month, and of course that has me thinking about doing it on a three speed. I am fairly certain the 50 mile ride would be pleasant enough. 100 miles seems like it would be possible, and for some reason, every time I think something might be difficult and taxing, but possible, I want to give it a try to see if I'm right - if it really is possible. The last time I rode the full 100 miles, I used an '84 Trek 520, and I know I appreciated both the extra high gearing, for booking along downhill and on the flats, (I found I could easily catch up to people on carbon bikes, well, maybe easily is an exaggeration), and the granny gear for getting up Heartbreak Hill, specifically, but also the long climb over the Ortiz Mountains outside of Madrid, NM. My questions to myself are, how much would I be walking, (certainly up Heartbreak), and would my top speed be reduced to the point where I would take way too long to complete the full 100. I guess I have to throw in that the date of the century is my 23rd wedding anniversary - so maybe the 50 miles with my wife would contribute more toward marital harmony than a 100 mile ride - this year.

Still, in thinking about it, I'm surprised that Googling "Century Ride on a Three Speed" does not turn up any stories, beyond that of a 90 year old grandmother. Do people on this list do any century rides on their English 3-speeds? Right now it seems "different" to me, but not crazy. Please let me know if I'm verging into crazy.

Oh, yeah, crazy for sure and if it fit my schedule I'd be down there to do it as well. Sounds awesome! Keep in mind that if you have low gears for climbing, you're probably not going to go a whole lot faster than if you just HAB (Hike-A-Bike). I would look into a larger sprocket on the rear like a 23 and maybe a 44 on the front- high won't be all that high but it will allow you to climb pretty well. Even if you have a 22 and 46 you can climb pretty good if you're OK with standing on the pedals. Think about what the guys on single speeds are doing...

I've been riding on something called the Tour Divide, which is a mountain bike route that goes from Banff, Alberta down to the Mexican boarder following the Continental Divide. I've really been thinking of building up a 3 speed on 650b wheels for this- complete with rim brakes and AW hub. Goto this link: https://tourdivide.org/ and look at the greyed-out photo in the background on the home page. Obviously some very old bikes being used for bikepacking...

clubman 04-25-19 10:49 AM


Originally Posted by Salubrious (Post 20900383)
Oh, yeah, crazy for sure

+1

But if you're very fit, try it. It would be sheer speculation for us to suggest you'll avoid the broom wagon, you know your engine better than we do.

carfreefamily 04-25-19 10:51 AM


Originally Posted by Salubrious (Post 20900383)
I've been riding on something called the Tour Divide, which is a mountain bike route that goes from Banff, Alberta down to the Mexican boarder following the Continental Divide. I've really been thinking of building up a 3 speed on 650b wheels for this- complete with rim brakes and AW hub. Goto this link: https://tourdivide.org/ and look at the greyed-out photo in the background on the home page. Obviously some very old bikes being used for bikepacking...

I had heard that if you're not in period clothing on the Tour Divide, you will be shunned from border to border. I guess that photo verifies the rumor. I hope you enjoy passing through my state. Enjoy the pie in Pie Town.

Velocivixen 04-25-19 02:38 PM

@gster - Thanks. I didn’t forget you all. I spent literally all of 2018 helping my sister, who had metastatic breast cancer. She died on Thanksgiving. Not gonna hijack this thread, so if you or anyone else wanted to reach out, a private message would be appreciated.
@gugie asked if a 2 speed counts. I think if it’s a vintage 2 speed kickback, you’re good. Something modern, like mine, I’m on the fence about.

browngw 04-25-19 03:04 PM


Originally Posted by paulb_in_bkln (Post 20900114)
Any suggestions on keeping a seat post from slipping down (apart from that I lose 25 pounds). I've wiped away any grease inside the tube and on the post and I tighten the bolt to where I'm afraid I'll bust it if I tighten it any more and yet the post slips.

When I had a similar problem with a slipping seat post, my LBS suggested a grease with grit in it commonly used on carbon seatposts. I never did try it as I swapped out the post for an alloy one which worked fine.

browngw 04-25-19 03:13 PM


Originally Posted by gster (Post 20900163)
Dunlop Rubber Factory circa 1920
Booth Street, Toronto


https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...cc987a704c.jpg

@gster , Would you or any others happen to know when the factory stopped producing tubes? I am still trying to narrow down the decade my Royal Nord with Brampton 3 speed was built. It came with the seemingly original Dunlop Imperial tires and Dunlop Air Seal tubes (metal stems) which also still hold air.

gster 04-25-19 03:29 PM


Originally Posted by browngw (Post 20900851)
@gster , Would you or any others happen to know when the factory stopped producing tubes? I am still trying to narrow down the decade my Royal Nord with Brampton 3 speed was built. It came with the seemingly original Dunlop Imperial tires and Dunlop Air Seal tubes (metal stems) which also still hold air.

That factory closed in 1970 and was demolished soon after.
There was a slight problem with exploding manhole covers
in the area.....
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...c0a4ca4102.jpg

paulb_in_bkln 04-25-19 03:44 PM


Originally Posted by browngw (Post 20900835)
When I had a similar problem with a slipping seat post, my LBS suggested a grease with grit in it commonly used on carbon seatposts. I never did try it as I swapped out the post for an alloy one which worked fine.

This is a good suggestion. Thank you Salubrious, too.

ascherer 04-25-19 05:44 PM

My '66 in NYC's Central Park during a rainy ride home from midtown today.

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...bfde6c2635.jpg

That is all...

agmetal 04-25-19 07:54 PM

We had an interesting bike come into my shop today for new tires. The frame is a Rudge Sports, looks to be c.1950s, with a late-'70s (I didn't check the date stamp but it had those lines on it) AW hub. It's in overall rough shape and needs some more work, but it's a cool build. Someone laced a pair of SA hubs to 650B wheels, so the bike's owner and I decided on a pair of 38mm Gravel Kings!

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...4d404e60f0.jpg
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...4168dd0bd6.jpg
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...20ef7a078b.jpg
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...010e2c3e80.jpg

gster 04-25-19 08:19 PM


Originally Posted by agmetal (Post 20901194)
We had an interesting bike come into my shop today for new tires. The frame is a Rudge Sports, looks to be c.1950s, with a late-'70s (I didn't check the date stamp but it had those lines on it) AW hub. It's in overall rough shape and needs some more work, but it's a cool build. Someone laced a pair of SA hubs to 650B wheels, so the bike's owner and I decided on a pair of 38mm Gravel Kings!

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...4d404e60f0.jpg
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...4168dd0bd6.jpg
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...20ef7a078b.jpg
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...010e2c3e80.jpg

Nice bike.
See if you
can sell him a
new chain.

agmetal 04-25-19 08:21 PM


Originally Posted by gster (Post 20901223)
Nice bike.
See if you
can sell him a
new chain.

That's pretty minor compared to a couple other things requiring attention that didn't get noticed until after the tires were installed

gster 04-25-19 08:33 PM


Originally Posted by agmetal (Post 20901229)
That's pretty minor compared to a couple other things requiring attention that didn't get noticed until after the tires were installed

That looks like a work order taped to
the bars.

agmetal 04-25-19 11:03 PM


Originally Posted by gster (Post 20901240)
That looks like a work order taped to
the bars.

It is, for the tires. He'll probably bring it back to have the larger issues addressed...some involved some parts that we can't easily source, and it would end up being pretty expensive to have us do it, so it probably won't be right away

GamblerGORD53 04-26-19 12:23 AM


Originally Posted by ascherer (Post 20901031)
My '66 in NYC's Central Park during a rainy ride home from midtown today.

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...bfde6c2635.jpg

That is all...

Suicidal seat post?? WTF ... Nice bike for somebody 6" shorter.

BigChief 04-26-19 04:40 AM


Originally Posted by agmetal (Post 20901194)
We had an interesting bike come into my shop today for new tires. The frame is a Rudge Sports, looks to be c.1950s, with a late-'70s (I didn't check the date stamp but it had those lines on it) AW hub. It's in overall rough shape and needs some more work, but it's a cool build. Someone laced a pair of SA hubs to 650B wheels, so the bike's owner and I decided on a pair of 38mm Gravel Kings!

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...4d404e60f0.jpg
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...4168dd0bd6.jpg
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...20ef7a078b.jpg
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...010e2c3e80.jpg

Nice looking scorcher. From the combination of the lug shapes and the 20-30 sticker, the frameset can be dated to 1953/54. Crank looks original. Wonder why he chose 650B. Maybe he rides gravel roads a lot.

clubman 04-26-19 06:08 AM


Originally Posted by ascherer (Post 20901031)
My '66 in NYC's Central Park during a rainy ride home from midtown today.

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...bfde6c2635.jpg

That is all...

I'm envious of your ride through that park, I've only been to NYC twice and haven't been there yet. One of the greatest man-made
landscapes according to most. Nice bike to do it on.

agmetal 04-26-19 07:36 AM


Originally Posted by BigChief (Post 20901465)
Nice looking scorcher. From the combination of the lug shapes and the 20-30 sticker, the frameset can be dated to 1953/54. Crank looks original. Wonder why he chose 650B. Maybe he rides gravel roads a lot.

Dunno, but apparently the bike's current owner bought it from someone else, with the 650B conversion having already been done. I've considered a similar build before, partly for the ability to make one of these bikes more useful in the winter, since studded tires actually exist in that size.

ascherer 04-26-19 07:53 AM


Originally Posted by clubman (Post 20901532)
I'm envious of your ride through that park, I've only been to NYC twice and haven't been there yet. One of the greatest man-made
landscapes according to most. Nice bike to do it on.

Well let me know the next time you're here and I'll show you around some great places to ride here.

You're in one of my favorite places - I've been to Nova Scotia and Cape Breton at least 5 times since I was about 17. Last visit was about 4 years ago. Where are you located?

ascherer 04-26-19 07:57 AM


Originally Posted by GamblerGORD53 (Post 20901386)
Suicidal seat post?? WTF ... Nice bike for somebody 6" shorter.

LOL! It's a BMX "layback" post. I'm 6' 3" and it helps with positioning. They didn't make bigger frame sizes, but it's pretty solid.

clubman 04-26-19 08:30 AM


Originally Posted by ascherer (Post 20901684)
Well let me know the next time you're here and I'll show you around some great places to ride here.

You're in one of my favorite places - I've been to Nova Scotia and Cape Breton at least 5 times since I was about 17. Last visit was about 4 years ago. Where are you located?

Wolfville, at the top of the Valley and the Bay of Fundy. Likewise, please contact me if you come this way. It's a great place to visit.

Ged117 04-26-19 09:12 AM


Originally Posted by clubman (Post 20901738)
Wolfville, at the top of the Valley and the Bay of Fundy. Likewise, please contact me if you come this way. It's a great place to visit.


I went to university in Halifax. A few friends attended Acadia in Wolfville. I spent some time camping at the Bay of Fundy (Blomidon) during my summers in Nova Scotia. The valley is a fantastic place to visit, just like the rest of the province. I also miss living there too. A Nova Scotia summer is a special thing.

gster 04-26-19 11:33 AM

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...fe8c091dd5.jpg
Toronto Bike shop,
year unknown

Oldsledz 04-26-19 08:16 PM

I picked up 2 old 3 speeds in the last week. The white one is a 1972 Raleigh Sports the black one is a Hawthorne Hercules the date on the hub is Oct. 62https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...90febb0f93.jpg

clubman 04-26-19 08:43 PM


Originally Posted by gster (Post 20902101)

I've got a Kay chainwheel. Will try to find.


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