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Old 06-24-2014, 01:02 AM
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Yeah... really... sorry to hear you gotta leave Texas... Hopefully wherever you go you can still ride without Johnny Law trying to spoil your fun... Good luck and let us know how your new home is
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Old 06-24-2014, 12:24 PM
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Yeah I took a little time off myself about a year and a half ago, but im clicking right along again.

I've never used a hub adapter on a multi speed wheel at this point, but I do know that on Manics site he offers to make a custom bushing in whatever size thats needed, so I would consider going that route if you like the wheel you already have.

I have two bikes that im running multi speed wheels on and both are running the stock rag joint coupler, one of the bikes has an old style wheel that has the really small center hub diameter, maybe 3/4" or so, im not sure if an adapter would be a good idea on a hub that small since there wouldn't be enough surface area for the adapter to grip on and most likely all the pressure would be getting applied to just three spokes to pull the wheel.

That wheel is one that has a 5 gear free wheel sprocket set on it and if I were to ever decide to used an adapter on that bike rather than a rag joint I be looking to upgrade the wheel to one with a larger hub diameter.

Im sure there are others here than can probably advize better on the subject since I haven't ever used an adapter on a multi speed wheel, bit those are my thoughts on it.

Another consideration may be to use a coaster wheel link a Shimano hub wheel and convert it to a freewheel that eliminates the coaster brake, I know a few people on here have done it and think its an excellent set up, im thinking I will do one myself on my old huffy bike since the coaster brake has never been nearly as good as the Shimano wheels, several vidoes on youtube that shows clearly how to do the mod and several here that can tell you also.

Best wishes Cyclin and again welcome back to the family..

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Thanks for the advice I think I will go for an all-new wheel. Before I install a hub adapter I would need to re-spoke this one anyway. When I rode home yesterday upon arrival I noticed the wheel wasn't as true as when I left. Looks like I broke a spoke, but luckily it didn't harm anything else. Unfortunately my spares are all 26" from my earlier builds, and there is just not enough frame space to fit it to the 24" frame.

I figure if I am going to have to retrue the wheel, coupled with the non-standard hub for an adapter and the fact that I am not a huge fan of the current multi-speed cog set, I may as well buy a whole new wheel I like more and keep the old as a spare. I will re-measure the hub when I go home on lunch and make a final decision. Thanks again

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It's a lot cheaper to order direct from Manic Mechanic. I ordered my adapter from them and my sprocket from BikeBerry, but now Manic has them for $9 cheaper than BikeBerry.
I was originally looking at ordering direct from them. If I do put it on the 5-speed wouldn't I have to purchase the $30 bushing as well? On Spooky I see an option for the 5,6,7 speed for a smaller diameter hub, at no extra charge. It may be the same on MM but I the page is a little harder to understand. I will re-measure the hub in 3 hours so I know exactly what I looking for in case I keep the rear wheel rather than purchasing a whole new one.
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Old 06-24-2014, 05:07 PM
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Here is a deal you cant beat with a stick in my opinion, 12 ga spoke and a good steel wheel master wheel...24"

http://www.niagaracycle.com/categori...bolt-on-silver

$17.24

Also here is a bunch more to look through if the wheel master isn't what you have in mind.

http://www.niagaracycle.com/categories/wheels/wheels/24

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Thanks for the advice I think I will go for an all-new wheel. Before I install a hub adapter I would need to re-spoke this one anyway. When I rode home yesterday upon arrival I noticed the wheel wasn't as true as when I left. Looks like I broke a spoke, but luckily it didn't harm anything else. Unfortunately my spares are all 26" from my earlier builds, and there is just not enough frame space to fit it to the 24" frame.

I figure if I am going to have to retrue the wheel, coupled with the non-standard hub for an adapter and the fact that I am not a huge fan of the current multi-speed cog set, I may as well buy a whole new wheel I like more and keep the old as a spare. I will re-measure the hub when I go home on lunch and make a final decision. Thanks again
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Old 06-24-2014, 10:20 PM
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I have bought a couple of items from Niagra cycle. Have had very good success.
One time I was trying to buy a thorn resistant 27" tube for my MB, and somehow I accidentally ordered a 12" tube! lol I called them and explained and they said I could return it and get credit back. No problem. I never sent it back, cause I'm really bad about that, but that's not their fault.

About leaving Texas, Thanks all for your thoughts. I think this is going to be good for me and mine. We cannot afford to live the country life I was raised in here in Central Texas because land rates have become so high. My wife had an opportunity to transfer to NW Arkansas, and we bought a house on almost 2 acres in a small town. Around 3,000 residents, and we will be just outside the city limits. No HOAs to deal with and all that comes with suburban life!
I am looking forward to it. I will miss Texas, but I am moving the "The Natural State."
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Old 06-24-2014, 10:22 PM
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By the way. I will probably get to do more on my projects there because with less expensive living, I am only planning on working part time from home! So I am excited about that.
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Old 06-24-2014, 10:47 PM
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By the way. I will probably get to do more on my projects there because with less expensive living, I am only planning on working part time from home! So I am excited about that.
Congrats and I know I wish you the best and Im sure many others here feel the same way, looking forward to seeing you back here asap when you get settled in, some nice pix of the area you will be stomping around in would be nice as well, sounds like y'all have a good plan.

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Old 06-24-2014, 11:12 PM
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A few days ago, I had ordered a project box on ebay. Today it arrived, and I installed it to hold my battery. Previously my battery was just hose clamped to my luggage rack, and I didn't like the fact that it could get wet. Now it's protected from the elements, and looks a lot better to boot.
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Old 06-24-2014, 11:53 PM
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So, this morning my bike would not shift into first gear (the one my transmission likes for taking off). I tried and tried, and it just wouldn't do it so I rode to work (mostly downhill) pedaling like a madman and then engaging the engine once I got some speed. The transmission did not like it, and nor did I. All through the day I couldn't wait to get back home and figure out what was happening... actually pedaled her all the way home

Turns out it was just a washer in the wrong place, making the wheel skewed a tiny bit to the left - the derailleur would not engage properly. As soon as I spotted it, 5 minute fix the the trusty ol' ratcheting socket wrench. Now she's back in action! I are stoke.
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Old 06-25-2014, 01:05 AM
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Still awaiting my order from an Ebay seller for my SRM weedie engine, no point in riding this bike until the engine is ready and perfect.

Someday I hope to do a HT engine install, have to admit despite their reputation, they are intriguing.
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Old 06-25-2014, 02:51 AM
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Finally got some time to actually ride on mine some... I've been so busy the last several weeks getting my new business set up that all I have been able to do most days is just walk pass my bike and look at it or move it out of the way when I need access to my tool boxes.
the good news, and I mean really good news is the auto shop I was going to open up back in April, that deal fell thru the day before I had to go and sign the paperwork to get into the building, then out of the blue about 2 weeks ago I get a call from the guy and he's asking me if I'm still interested in the shop. He didn't have to ask me twice and I'll be setting up shop in the next 2 weeks so I should be up and running the first week of July.
After that deal fell thru is when I bought the CNC router and spent about a week setting everything up and learning how to use it, and spent some serious bucks on some embroidery software for my wife's embroidery machine so we also got a DBA for that business and we're going to run it part time since the auto shop will need to take priority.

I did actually get to install one of the copper exhaust gaskets I made before going out for a ride and I'm liking it so far, no more nuts working their way loose and no leaks at all... None
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