Thursday, April 10, 2008

Bendix

My kickass Bendix kickback hub finally arrived today. My God it's heavy. Almost 4 lbs. This was build back when A-myrrh-ica still build steel. It's so heavy, I'm having second thoughts about using it for a bike I want to be fast and nible. But I am going to use it and convert my fixed gear into a 2-speed

I got my (no longer) bianchi back from the bike store. The one with the cracked frame. Now it's got a new (used) steel frame. New headset. New (used) brake levers. New carbon fork. It's not as pretty as my old celeste frame. But it seems to ride just fine. $380 all together. But what can you do? I guess not buy a carbon fork. But I had a carbon fork and I don't want a worse bike. Carbon forks really do turn small bumps into butter.

2 comments:

Scott said...

Any follow up on this? Did it work? scott.dl@gmail.com

PCM said...

Well, no and yes.

Click on the bendix hub label to see the story, more or less.

The Bendix hub is too heavy for a light bike. But on my locked-outside tank of a bike, it's outstanding. The two speeds are perfect for what was a one-speed bike. It's almost a year later and I've never been happier with that bike.

On the lighter bike, the Screamin' Salmon formerly fixed-gear, I put a $20 one-speed coaster brake hub on her rear wheel and she's still pretty sleek and light and fast.