Saturday, November 05, 2011

Sturmey-Archer Hub

The build I am doing for my daughter is turning out to be a lot of fun.  I am certainly learning a lot, especially with the help of my local co-op.
I decided that I wanted to get some nice fat tires for her bike (the Peugeot) and my thinking is that this means I need to remove the canti's.  So she'll need something for brakes.  I settled on the Sturmey-Archer 3-speed hub with a coaster brake.
I wished that it had come in blue to match the frame, but I can't argue with the price I paid.
It hasn't come in yet.  I just checked yesterday, but I know its waaaayyy to soon.  Another two weeks I would guess.
In the meantime I have reassembled both the bottom bracket and the headset.  The bottom bracket is like butter but I am wondering if I have gotten some bearings in upside down on the headset.  It feels a little tight.  We'll see how it is on the road when I am "done" and make an adjustment after that I guess.

And about those fat tires.  Doesn't seem like there are a whole lot of options for a 27" wheel.  So far I've only managed to find tires that are 1 1/4" ... so not really fat at all.  I'll keep looking of course.

My daughter has really caught the bug too.  Even with the colder weather here, and soon possibly some snow (although not yet) she still wants to get on her "new" bike.  Bless her!


  1. Nice update. Good to hear things are going well enough to enjoy the process. Keep 'em coming...

  2. I just found your blog. Your daughter's bike sounds great. I can relate to your difficulty finding wide 27 inch tires. On one of my bike's I have 27 x 1 3/8 (630 x 37c) Kenda K-40's. They have the gumwall side-walls with a road tread and ride well at around 80-85 psi. Also, Tioga and Club Roost both make a 27 x 1 3/8 tire which is kind of like a hybrid or cross tire suitable for mixed riding surfaces. They are both rated for lower pressures and get good ratings. The Tioga is called the Bloodhound. I look forward to hearing how it's going.

  3. Thanks Pondero. The more about mechanics I learn the more I want to get my hands dirty!

    And @GravelDoc - thanks for those suggestions. I'll be looking into those for sure.